How to uninstall Global Translator Plug-in Completely?

How to uninstall Global Translator Plug-in Completely?

Deactivating the plug-in is only the first step in removing this completely.

This guide is based on MICHAEL AULIA’s guide but I updated it due to some steps have changed (especially since Webmaster tool’s layout change)

If you think that after de-activating the plug-in from your admin panel, you have uninstalled Global Translator completely then you are wrong! You still have the files that were translated kept in your server and the translated pages that were indexed by Google. They will stay there unless you do something about it.

Step 1 – Deactivate the plug-in from your wordpress admin panel

This is the easiest step and you are making a big mistake if you stop after you do this step.

Step 2 – Get a list of languages translated in your server files

This step requires that you can access your wordpress files in your server. Browse to /wp-content/gt-cache/ and take note of all the folders in there. (For example, for me, I have 25 languages in total. I used FileZilla to connect to my blog btw)

Step 3 – Add each language to your robots.txt file to prevent further indexing
For each language (folder name), you add this line to your robots.txt file. This will prevent search engines (especially Google) from indexing them any further.

Disallow: /[insert folder name here]/*

for example,
Disallow: /ar/*
Disallow: /bg/*
Disallow: /cs/*
Disallow: /da/*
Disallow: /de/*
Disallow: /el/*
Disallow: /es/*
Disallow: /fi/*
Disallow: /fr/*
Disallow: /hr/*
Disallow: /it/*
Disallow: /iw/*
Disallow: /ja/*
Disallow: /ko/*
Disallow: /nl/*
Disallow: /no/*
Disallow: /pl/*
Disallow: /pt/*
Disallow: /ru/*
Disallow: /sk/*
Disallow: /sr/*
Disallow: /sv/*
Disallow: /zh-CN/*
Disallow: /zh-TW/*

Step 4 – Request removal of these pages in the search engines

As you all know, these translated pages are already in Google’s Search Engine so they should be removed. You can do this by requesting a removal from Google Webmaster Tools.

Browse through your account and go to the following:
Site Configuration
–Crawler Access
—-Remove URL Tab

When you reach the Remove URL tab, input each folder (language) as a new removal request.

Step 5 – [Optional] If you manually added the plug-in to your sidebar, remove the code from there
Since I was lazy, I opt to let the plug-in add it to my sidebar so it was removed when I de-activated it

Step 6 – Delete the gt-cache folder in your server
Do this after 1 or 2 months. Michael pointed out that this should be the last step as it takes time for Google to completely remove from their index the translated pages. You should only delete them when you are confident that Google has removed everything (or almost everything) else you will get 404 errors.

If Google missed to remove some of the urls, you can make a separate “Remove URL” for them via Google Webmaster Tools.

Step 7 – [Optional] Delete the cache of WP cache or wp super cache
This is only applicable when you have these plug-ins installed. To make sure they won’t show up even as cached pages in your blog, just delete the cache.

That’s it. I hope you have benefited from this guide. If you have questions or any reactions, feel free to comment.

Till next time,

Allen

4 thoughts on “How to uninstall Global Translator Plug-in Completely?

  1. hi allen, do you really think that having it uninstalled will still generate same amount of traffic?

    • Hi Jules, so far traffic has still be current. I was thinking that my traffic will drop but so far so good. What I saw that drastically changed was the number of errors in webmaster tools significantly dropped! I think from a search engine’s perspective, this is good.

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