If you’re a BigCommerce user who’s looked at going international, you’ve probably noticed that the platform doesn’t have a native multilingual feature. There are several tricks, such as using Google Translate script, to translate your BigCommerce store—but none of these back-alley solutions really provide efficient, consistent results.
This is why we developed a simple way to use Weglot to make a clean, crisp, multilingual store on BigCommerce, using specific subdomains for each language to keep your store well-indexed on search engines.
A clean and simple setup: Your multilingual store will be up and running in a few minutes.
A proper multilingual solution for BigCommerce: Built for BigCommerce, our app creates subdomains to ensure a clean and official installation.
A simple way to manage translation: Get a first round of automatic translations, then access and customize them via a user-friendly interface.
SEO optimized pages: Your BigCommerce website will be indexed on Google in all your destination languages.
Customizable language button: Keep the look and feel of your site consistent, right down to the language-switch button.
Our support team is always here to help you at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are experts multilingual websites, multilingual SEO, and we know BigCommerce like the back of our hands.
Ready to go global? This guide explains how to make your store multilingual for an international reach.
Your Weglot account is where all your translations will be stored, and where you’ll be able to manage them. Simply create a Weglot account here:
Once your Weglot account has been created and confirmed, you will see the following screen appear.
Simply enter your domain URL, your website’s original language (the one you created it in) and the target languages you want to translate your website into.
(You can change your translated languages later if you want.)
Important: DO NOT enter your BigCommerce temporary domain (ending with .mybigcommerce.com)
Enter the DNS records that are shown to you in your DNS Record Zone. Depending where you bought the domain, these records may be available to you in one of several places:
(This part can be a bit tricky if you have an external domain name. If you need any help along the way, you can send us an email to email@example.com with your BigCommerce admin access, and we will do it for you!)
Once you have entered the DNS, wait a few minutes. Your Weglot dashboard page should eventually look like this, with green checks indicating the validated DNS entries:
Once back in your BigCommerce admin dashboard, go to Storefront > Script Manager and click “Create Script.”
Enter whatever name and description you’d like, and fill in the rest of the data as follows:
Finally, click “Save”.
You just need to wait a few minutes for BigCommerce to display your language-switch button, and that’s it—your multilingual website is now live!
Use the language-switch button to change the version of your website. You can manually edit all of your translations via your Weglot account dashboard, too, under the “Translations” tab on the left-side menu bar.