Website translation cost calculator

There are two main factors to account for in website translation. The cost of translating the words on your website and the cost of integrating those words onto your website. Use our calculator to get an overall estimate for both of these factors.
A closer look at the cost of website translation

Website translation isn’t only about the number of words on your website. There are multiple factors such as translation quality and how you’ll ultimately integrate the translations onto your site. The different options available mean the overall cost can differ significantly. Let’s take a closer look at why.

Translation quality

Definition: what type of translation quality do you want to use?

Machine translation

This is the cheapest option as there are numerous free machine translation tools available (Google Translate, DeepL, etc) but they are not always the most accurate. There’s also a lot of manual work involved as you’ll need to copy/paste your website pages into the machine translation provider, then create a new document with the output if you don’t use a website multilingual solution like Weglot.

Human translation

Using a professional translator to translate the pages of your website guarantees accuracy. However, the cost can be huge. The cost varies from €0.08-€0.30 per word and depends on the language pair, the difficulty of the translated content and how quickly you want the translations returned.

A mix of machine and human translation

Using a mixture of both machine and human translation means you’ll have the speed and accuracy you’re looking for. Translation solutions like Weglot give you a first layer of machine translation that you can manually edit (with teammates or professional translators).

Integration choice

Definition: how will you display the translated content of your website?

Multiple websites

You could choose to take your translated content and make a new website for each new language, but even just reading that sounds pretty complicated. You’ll need developers to create new websites which is costly and on top of that managing multiple websites is hugely time-consuming.

Duplicate pages

Another option is to manually duplicate each page of your website, add the translations to the new pages and link them together with a multilingual app. You’ll have to manually create one page per language every time you add a new page on your website. This is also very time-consuming.

Multilingual solution

The simplest and most cost effective solution is to use a translation solution. A solution like Weglot creates translated version of your website automatically, no developer time or multiple websites needed. It also detects and translates any new page you add to your website automatically. What’s more it also takes care of the translation management part!

A simple, cost-effective website translation solution

Website translation doesn’t need to be complicated or costly. That’s exactly why Weglot was created. A simple tool that detects all the content on your website, translates it with a first layer of machine translation and then displays your newly translated content under language subdomains or subdirectories. An instantly multilingual website.

It removes all the pain points of website translation. The only thing you need to do? Decide what translation quality to display. Choose from machine, manual or professional translation through the Weglot Dashboard – allowing you full control over your translation budget.

language switcher to switch between different languages

How is our 
website translation calculator costs built?​

The number of words on your website impacts the price of translation, depending on whether you use human translation or a translation solution. A human translator charges by word and a translation solution like Weglot is priced by the overall number of words on your website. The price of a professional translator is based on the average price per word and the Weglot pricing can be found here.

Depending on how many languages you want to add to your site has a direct impact on the overall price of translation. The more languages you want, the more you’ll spend on translation and integration depending on the options you’ve selected.

  • 100% human translation is based on the average price per word of €0.13 by a professional translator. This is obviously an estimated price and pro translations can go from €0.08 to €0.30 depending on the complexity of your content and the expertise of the translator.
  • 50% human translation and 50% machine translation is based on using the Weglot translation solution to do a first layer of machine translation on your content and then ordering professional translation for 50% of your content (based on the average price per word of €0.13).
  • 20% human translation and 80% machine translation is based on using the Weglot translation solution and then ordering professional translation for 20% of your content (based on the average price per word for professional translation)
  • 100% machine translation is based only on using a machine translation
  • Multiple websites is calculated on the average hourly rate it would cost for a web agency or freelancer to create a new website. In the calculator, we took a rough estimate of 2 hours per new translated page with a €150 daily rate.
  • Duplicate pages is, again, calculated on the average hourly rate it would cost for someone in your team or a freelancer to create all the new pages in each language. In the calculator, we took a rough estimate of 1 hour per page at a €150 daily rate.
  • Automatic translation solution is calculated based on Weglot’s pricing which is dependent on the number of words on your website and the number of languages you want to add. We added a small estimated amount to take into account the setup of the solution.

The days spent is calculated on the average length of time to integrate the translations and get a fully finished website translation project depending on the integration option you chose. It doesn’t take into account the time needed to translate the content of your website by a professional translator.