Last week, I was invited to try out Dakwak Website Translation Service. Dakwak allows you to translate your site into 60 languages so that you will be able to connect easier to a worldwide audience. They have several monthly plans, ranging from free to Unlimited ($500 per month). When your pages are translated, they are stored under temporary domains or can be saved on your domain (premium subscriptions).
Signing up is fairly easy. You enter in your info, site URL & pick out your plan. The default translation setting is machine translation. This means that it’s run through a program and has 70% accuracy rating. In order to get better accuracy, you can pay to get it translated by a person. All of the pIans have pageview & translation limits of some degree. If you reach these limits, nothing else will be translated and/or your translated pages will not be viewable.
I signed up for the free plan first, and once I got everything set up would upgrade it to Premium ($150 per month). With the free plan you get up to 10 languages, up to 40,000 words a month of machine translation, unlimited views & a free domain for your translation. You also get a code for a widget that you add to your site, which has a dropdown menu with the available translations. Once the code is added, the widget will show as a pullout button on the side of the screen (it’s the black button). I had mine translated to Japanese to start, and I’m looking at Analytics to see which other languages to add. I used to get a lot of international traffic back what I had a translation button on the old site, but it has dropped off since I made the move to WordPress. I am hoping that I will be able to bring some of those readers back again.
Since I had everything set up, I tried to upgrade to the Premium plan. The Premium plan gives you 30 languages, 420,000 words of machine translation, unlimited pageviews, access to professional translation, and your own domain for your translation pages. However, I’ve been having trouble signing up for it. I keep getting an error page once it gets to the billing info page. I will keep trying to get it upgraded as long as my coupon code works so that I can do a follow up.
Overall, the site & service is great and definitely worth looking into if you need your site translated. The site is very easy to navigate and it all takes little effort on your end to get everything set up. I personally only need the Free plan since I don’t get that much traffic. If you do get a lot of traffic or need a large number of languages, then the paid plans are for you. You can get more info about Dakwak’s service by visiting their website.
I received the above mentioned product for free to help facilitate my review.