Translation management systems compared to translation plugins/scripts

Have you ever wondered why you should use translation management systems and not rely on scripts and plugins? We have prepared some answers for you.

When it comes to translating websites, there are nowadays several options available. But what is the difference between them? And what should you choose and why?

This blog post explores the difference between them and what to consider when you want to translate your website.

What is the difference between translation management systems and plugins/scripts?

You maybe are aware of existing plugins or scripts to translate a website. These are particularly common for CMS ("Content Management Systems") such as WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla.

While these plugins usually do a fine initial job translating a website, the problems lie in the details. And that is where translation management software such as Dilingual begins to shine.

Plugins and scripts often lack more advanced features. And while these may not be crucial for the start, making the wrong choice could lock you into the wrong tool for the future.

What additional functionality does translation management software offer?

There are many additional features that translation management software has compared to plugins and scripts. Our team has compiled a list of features that you may be missing out on below.

Easier to install and maintain

While the name "Translation Management System" ("TMS") may make it sound like a complex and complicated system: Those software platforms are usually easier to install and maintain than scripts or plugins.

Most modern Translation Management Software is installed and running in the cloud. Anything related to backups, maintenance, and updates will be taken care of by the developers of the platform. This is called the "SaaS" ("Software as a Service") model and is used by an increasing amount of companies every year as data from Statista shows.

You do usually not even have to perform any code changes to internationalize your website. So you can focus on what matters: running your business and being reassured your website is translated reliably.


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Edit and review website translations together with your team

Translation Management Software enables you to edit and review your website translations together with your team. There is no need anymore for sharing a user account and password with your whole team.

This enables you to understand precisely the state of your website translation. Was a translation reviewed already? Did someone leave a comment on a translation? Was there a suggestion by a native speaker in your team?

The ability to collaborate with your whole team on your website enables you to iterate faster and focus on what matters: Your business.

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Being able to configure a Language Switcher for your website

A language switcher is a key requirement nowadays when you want to translate a website. The language switcher enables your users to use a language of their choice.

Our team has created a detailed blog post about the best practices for language switchers on a website.


Compatible with all website technologies

Plugins and scripts are often just compatible with one specific Content Management System. Many websites do however use several website technologies or have some pages that are entirely self-programmed.

If you rely on a regular translation plugin, then not all pages on your website may be translated. Or you need to run several different translation systems which require additional training plus complicated technical setups.

Translation Management Software is however compatible with all website technologies. Regardless of whether you use Webflow, TYPO3, Drupal, Joomla, MediaWiki, or your completely custom CMS. Be assured that you can use one platform to manage the translations for everything.


Automatic Search-Engine-Optimizations (SEO)

Translation Management Software will automatically optimize your translated website for SEO purposes. There are many things to consider for search engine optimizations for your translated website.

If you use a plugin it is most likely that your website won't be optimized for SEO. This means that Google and other search engines may downrank your website in search results. And what good is a translated website that doesn't get website views after all?


Maintained by professionals and constantly updated

By relying on Translation Management Software you will be using software that is maintained by professionals and constantly updated. There is no need for you to bother with installing and maintaining software.

Translate your website today with Dilingual

If you are now looking for the right Translation Management System to translate your website - don't look further! Dilingual is a platform just made for translating websites.


With Dilingual you can translate your website within seconds and without code changes. And you can try out the software completely for free! - Convince yourself and try Dilingual today.

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