There are two online translation systems in SEF Translate at your disposal - Bing Translator and Google Translate. Both Bing Translator and Google Translate provides machine translation. But before starting comparing of them, let's briefly look at human translation as a kind of making your Joomla 3 multilanguage site.
So the first question that website owners have to consider is the choosing between human and machine translation of Joomla website. These two methods differ in three things - cost, time of producing and quality/accuracy of translation. It's not a secret that professional human translation is better in accuracy compared to machine translation but requires significant financial investments and longer time of translation.
Opposite to human translation, machine or automatic translating services obviously win in translation cost as it can be even absolutely free! Also fast, almost instant time of translation is another big plus in favor of automatic translation. No matter how big your Joomla site is, you can expect the fastest time of translation. The only drawback in machine translation is accuracy of translating. Whereas professional human team of translators provide translation of meaning of the sentence, machine translation does only word to word translation, omitting idioms and terminology.
Must be said that automated systems becomes more and more comprehensive and accurate with each year and quality of machine translations increases constantly. However auto-translated web pages should be post-edited by human. SEF Translate provides an ability of editing automatically translated web pages, so by using SEF Translate extension for Joomla websites, high-quality translation can be achieved at a minimum cost.
Google Translate and Bing (Microsoft) Translator are the most famous translation services, that provides high quality machine translation. But when it comes to automatic translation in Joomla, it's better to know what is the difference between these translators in order to choose the one that suits the best to your needs.
|Bing Translator||Google Translate|
|Pricing||$10 per 1 M characters, free quota available||$20 per 1 M characters|
The accuracy of translation of Bing Translator and Google Translate is almost identical. According to The New York Times which run the research how Google and Bing translates content compared to professional human translations, translations of Google and Bing are almost equally far from perfect professional human translations but concerning French and Spanish languages, Google Translate shows closer results to the human translations.
The first obvious difference between Google and Bing services of automatic translation is the number of supported language. At the moment Google maintain 90 languages according to official source and this number is growing. Using Google Translate you can make automatic translations of your website on such languages:
Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cebuano, Chichewa, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Maori, Marathi, Mongolian, Myanmar (Burmese), Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sesotho, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zulu
Bing Translator only supports 51 languages, and they add new languages periodically. Bing Translator provides translations for:
Arabic, Bosnian (Latin), Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong Daw, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Klingon, Klingon (plqaD), Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Queretaro Otomi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yucatec Maya
If you want to test translator before purchase, free version of automatic translation service may come in handy. But, in contrast to Microsoft Translator, Google Translate doesn't provide such possibility.
Microsoft Translator offers a free 2M-characters/month volume tier through Microsoft Azure Marketplace. There’s no expiration date to subscribe to this monthly subscription tier. If you lack of free volume tier that provides Bing Translator you can consider upgrading your monthly subscription to higher monthly volume tiers when needed.
Pricing table of Microsoft Translator:
Google Translate API v2 is paid service, and it is calculated per million characters submitted to the service. Usage fees from Google Translate: $20 per 1 M characters of text, where the charges are adjusted in proportion to the number of characters actually provided. For example, if you were to translate 500K characters, you would be billed $10.
Thus Bing Translator offers free translation quota up to 2 million characters per month and after this threshold the fee is $10 for 1M characters that is half as much as Google Translate API fee which is $20 for 1M characters.