How can I remove inactive translations?
In this article, you'll see how to find out if you have some inactive translations, why, and how to remove them in order to reduce your word count
1. Why do I have inactive translations and where do they come from?
When you edit your original content, it will no longer match the existing translations. Weglot will detect it and generate new automatic translations in order to keep your website multilingual.
As Weglot does not delete your translations, they are always kept in your Translation List unless you delete them manually.
After some time (especially if you change your website often), you can end up with a significant amount of old sentences that are unused and are taking space and word in your Weglot account.
You can find more information about it in this article: What happens if I change the original content of my website?
Basically, each translation has a "Last seen date" associated, which is the last time each translation has been seen on your website. Here, Weglot is checking this date and compares it with the translations of the same page to find out if the translations are active or not.
2. Where can I find those inactive translations?
First of all, go into your Weglot dashboard > Translations > Translations list and click on "See your inactive translations":
You'll see an interface that's showing all your translated language(s) and the number of potential inactive words you have for each language(s) like this:
From this page, you can simply click on one of these numbers, it will bring you to your Translation List and show you all the related translations
You can easily spot them as you'll notice an icon ⚠️ below each one:
3. How can I remove those translations?
First, if you want to make sure the translations are inactive, you can simply visit the associated URL of the translations.
In order do to that, you can follow the steps in the previous part above and then visit the page where the translations are located, if the "Last seen date" doesn't change within the next 48 hours and the translation is still tagged as inactive, it means that you can delete it.
Once you are sure that you want to delete your translation(s), you can either:
I. Remove multiple translations at once:
- Use the bulk selection, check the checkbox in the top bar
- Then click on "Select all"
- And click on the trash icon at the bottom right
II. Remove them individually
- Next, to each translation, you have a trash icon
- Click on it (at the right of each translation you want to delete)
- Note that you can use the search bar at the top to easily find the translation you would like to remove