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How to create multi-language site in Webflow

Dec 20, 2022
9 min
Alžběta Pevná

Having a bilingual website will be crucial for businesses trying to expand into multiple markets in 2023. Despite English being the most used language on the internet, it only accounts for a quarter of the languages spoken online. Translating your website is the best way to access new international markets, such as China, Spain, Arabic and France, all of which are seeing an increase in web usage. It's especially important for e-commerce businesses, as 75% of people prefer to shop online in their native language and 60% won't buy from websites which are only in English. Let's look at the choices for adding a language to your Webflow website to get you going.

1. Duplicate websites and pages

Duplicating websites and pages is a potential solution for creating a multilingual website. However, this can be a time-consuming and tedious process, especially for larger websites with a lot of content.

You can duplicate collection items using static pages, but this requires a lot of manual work to add and manage multiple pages. Updating the original website content also means having to update the duplicate pages. If you create duplicate websites, you can create language subdirectories, but you’ll need to add hreflang tags to distinguish between the different language versions.

The downside of this process is that you’ll also have to take care of translating the content of your website, either by yourself or with the help of a translator. After the content is translated, you’ll need to manually add it to your website. This adds to the overall time and effort required to make a multilingual website.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide whether the time and effort required to duplicate websites and pages is worth the outcome.

2. Use the Weglot integration

Weglot is a no-code translation tool developed to make the challenging manual process of building multilingual websites more manageable. With this approach, there is no manual labor required to get a website up and running in several languages.

Weglot works by scanning the content of the original page and replacing it with translations.

There is an automatic translation layer that can be edited, managed, and fine-tuned in the Weglot dashboard and access to professional translators is available if needed. The user may concentrate on the content because the technical aspects of building a multilingual Webflow website are taken care of.

Weglot provides separate language subdomains for SEO, which is recognised as one of the key components when following Google best practices for multilingual SEO. Additionally, a front-end language switcher is automatically added so users can select the language of their choice.

Weglot is the perfect solution for anyone who wants to have a multi-language website without the complicated manual process, or the need for duplicate pages or websites. The Weglot setup process is quick and easy, and all the necessary components needed to create a successful multi-language website are provided.

Weglot video tutorial on setting up translation on Webflow website (source: Weglot)


Weglot pricing is based on the number of words that need to be translated. The price per word changes depending on the language combination you choose. For example, translating from English to French is cheaper than translating from English to Chinese.

For translating a 3 languages site with 250k words and CMS content:

Pro $79

  • Up to 200k words
  • Custom Domain
  • CMS translation
  • 5 languages
TIP: Not sure how many words has your website? You can use this site to find out.

3. Use the Polyflow

Polyflow is a native solution built just for Webflow creators to help them simplify the process of translating content to multiple languages. The platform automatically syncs all your static and dynamic content, attributes, components, and images, meaning you don’t have to repeat the same manual process for each language. With Polyflow, you can easily translate into over 120 languages, allowing you to reach a wider global audience and maximise your website’s potential.

Polyflow also features an intuitive dashboard that provides real-time insights into the translation process. This feature allows you to monitor the progress of your translations, assign tasks to different teams, and ensure that your content is always up-to-date and accurate. With Polyflow, you can quickly and easily create multilingual websites that can keep up with the ever-changing needs of your customers.


Weglot pricing is based on the number of words that need to be translated. The price per word changes depending on the language combination you choose. For example, translating from English to French is cheaper than translating from English to Chinese.

For translating a 3 languages site with 250k words and CMS content:

CMS Plan $49

  • Unlimited word count
  • Custom Domain
  • CMS translation
  • Subdirectories for languages
  • Show & hide content depending on the language version
Setting up Polyflow in Webflow

4. Native Webflow multi-language support in 2023

Webflow plans to launch multi-language support by mid-2023. This new feature will allow users to translate and manage content in multiple languages within the Webflow designer mode. This will make it easier for users to create websites in multiple languages. It will also give users the ability to manage and customise their content in different languages.


The pricing of the new feature is still unknown.

Setting up Polyflow in Webflow

Technical aspects of translating a website

Consider the following factors when selecting a translation solution for your website.

Multilingual SEO

When translating your website, multilingual SEO is critical. If the solution you’re planning on using doesn’t take into consideration the many aspects of SEO, then it’s likely to have an impact when it comes to the visibility of your newly translated website. You choose to add additional languages to your website so you can enter new markets. But if you’re using a solution that doesn’t include language subdomains, then it’s unlikely you’ll be found by your new audience due to duplicate content penalties from Google.

You can target a wider range of keywords with translated content on your Webflow website, as well as translated meta titles and meta descriptions. Weglot also detects and translates content not visible on your site, such as metadata, increasing your chances of ranking in Google SERPs in your new markets.

To ensure that your website's multilingual SEO is effective, make sure the proper hreflang tags are used. This tells search engines which version of the page to serve to users in various countries and languages.

By doing this, you can help ensure the right users visit your multilingual site and that the content is indexed correctly. This is essential for your website to be visible in the SERPs in the countries and languages you’re targeting.

Editing options

It is critical to choose a solution that allows for simple translation editing and management. Duplicating websites and pages may appear to be a convenient option, but it can be a source of frustration later on when minor changes must be made manually on each page. This can be a time-consuming and tedious process. As a result, it is wiser to invest in a solution that simplifies translation editing and management.

Google Search Console - Performance on search results (source:Weglot)

Benefits of translating your website

1. Translated Versions of Your Site Improve Its Overall SEO Rank
By using different domain names, subdomains, or subdirectories to host different language versions of the same website, search engine rankings are improved, and search engines are better able to understand the content of the site.

2. You Can Target Specific Regions More Precisely
To reach an international audience, you should understand which people to target, perform keyword research for the languages you intend to use, create a translated version of the site, and then perform your standard SEO practices.

3. More Visitors and Engagement Means Better Ranking
Creating quality content that engages users and drives traffic from various locations around the world will result in higher rankings from search engines such as Google.

Take away

You can quickly and easily add multiple languages to your website with the right tools and Webflow. This will expose your website to new markets and potential customers, as well as provide you with a much more comprehensive approach to international expansion. Whether you decide to use a translation tool, or translate the website by yourself, you'll be able to take advantage of the global market in no time.

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