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Translating Your Website: Time and Cost Considerations

Translating Your Website: Time and Cost Considerations

Are you considering expanding your business by translating your website into multiple languages? Great decision! A multilingual website can reach a broader audience, enhance customer experience, and boost your global presence. However, you might be wondering how long it takes and what the costs are. Let’s break it down.

Understanding the Translation Process

Translating a website involves several key steps:

  1. Content Analysis
    • Time: 1-2 days
    • Details: We start by reviewing your website content to determine the volume, complexity, and any specialized terminology.
  2. Preparation
    • Time: 1-3 days
    • Details: This involves extracting the text from the website, preparing glossaries, and setting up translation memory tools to ensure consistency across translations.
  3. Translation
    • Time: Varies based on content volume and languages
    • Details: Professional translators typically translate 2,000-3,000 words per day. For example, a 10,000-word website might take 3-5 days per language.
  4. Review and Quality Assurance
    • Time: 2-4 days
    • Details: Includes proofreading by a second linguist and final quality checks to ensure accuracy and cultural appropriateness.
  5. Implementation and Testing
    • Time: 2-5 days
    • Details: Integrating the translated content back into the website and performing functionality tests to ensure everything works correctly in the new languages.

What Does It Cost?

  1. Translation Cost
    • Rate: $0.10 to $0.30 per word
    • Example: For a 10,000-word website, the cost per language could range from $1,000 to $3,000.
  2. Review and Proofreading
    • Rate: $0.03 to $0.10 per word
    • Example: For a 10,000-word website, the cost per language could range from $300 to $1,000.
  3. Project Management and Quality Assurance
    • Cost: Flat fee or hourly rate
    • Example: $500 to $1,500 depending on the complexity of the project.
  4. Technical Implementation
    • Cost: Varies widely based on the website’s technical framework
    • Example: $500 to $2,000

Example Cost Breakdown for One Language

  • Translation: $2,000 (20,000 words at $0.10 per word)
  • Proofreading: $600 (20,000 words at $0.03 per word)
  • Project Management: $1,000
  • Technical Implementation: $1,000
  • Total: $4,600

Factors Affecting Time and Cost

  • Volume of Content: More words mean more time and cost.
  • Number of Languages: Each additional language multiplies the time and cost.
  • Specialized Content: Technical or industry-specific content may require specialized translators, increasing the cost.
  • Urgency: Expedited services may come with a higher cost.


On average, translating a website into multiple languages can take a few weeks to a month per language, and the cost can range from a few thousand to several thousand dollars per language. For a more precise estimate, we would need to analyze your specific website content and requirements.

Ready to take your website global? Contact us today to get started on your multilingual journey!

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