There are literally millions of websites out there, many of which contain several languages. Translating a website has become nowadays a basic business requirement. But which is the most translated website in the world? Which website is the champion when it comes to offering language versions of its content?

Well, the undisputed champion when it comes to offering multilingual translations of its content is not Apple, it is not Microsoft, Adobe, nor even the United Nations or the European Union as you might expect. It is the Jehovah’s Witnesses website ( which as you can notice by its url, offers a secure connection to its site.  Jehovah’s Witnesses website is translated into more than 978 languages and dialects*, from Abkhazian to Zulu. (*Data taken in October 2018)

 Jehovah's Witnesses website

The nearest any other website comes to offering information is Wikipedia, a worldwide community effort, with 287 languages. The first commercial website is Apple’s, which is translated into some 130 languages. The Vatican’s website is translated into 10 languages (including Latin). The European Union has 24 official and working languages, which are all national languages plus 2 regional languages (Welsh and Catalan) which can be used co-officially in some documents.

Vatican website

Translating religious texts into so many languages is not an easy or simple task. It requires the support of an eager community that wants to use translation as a means to convey an important meaning. In many ways, the effort by Jehova’s Witnesses and Wikipedia websites reflects the power of the community to translate information even if dealing with old texts. These translations would be too expensive to be undertaken by translation companies, as providers of such services are in high demand today.

But why Jehovah’s Witnesses is the most translated website in the world?

Any professional translator will tell you that translating a website into 5 or 10 languages, and managing translation and publication is no easy task. Translation in over 750 languages is a massive effort. Anyone who has been involved in website internationalization will refer to the team work and resources required. Jehovah’s Witnesses approach deserves a case study on its own for they have translated meticulously towards their goal and have succeeded in providing their audiences with the  texts in the language of their choice. Other religions, even with far more reach, have not done so. Some say that the reason is because Jehovah’s Witnesses will immediately begin translating each of their publications into every language in which they proselytize. As they are engaged in spreading their word in virtually every spoken language in the world, they use each new publication actively and immediately in their activities. most translated website The approach of the organization to translation has largely been to turn all the content already published for decades in their paper versions (Watchtower Bible, etc). In the past, one could ask for a printed version of their publications which would be sent by post. However, once the Internet became a popular platform for communication, it was only natural that the organization replicate their pattern of using translations to convey their message in the new medium. It is curious, though, that other religions or groups that seek to recruit believers or proselytize have not used pre-Internet material to grow their websites.

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42 thoughts on “Which is the most translated website in the world?

  1. James

    Wow that is amazing and quite surprising at the same time. I would never have guessed that the Jehovah’s witness website would outrank all others, they cover more languages than most of the big players combined!

    Very interesting article and you guys clearly seem to know the business of Website translation!

    1. Happy child

      Good article but the don’t recruite or proselytize they present the case of Jehovah right to rule and let others choose. For some there mind might be made up for others they may be seeking hope

  2. Sylvester Chinedum Okpochini

    This is in fulfillment of a Bible prophecy in Matthew 24:14
    The good news must be preached in all the earth.
    Jehovah’s witnesses are really doing the work.
    Am proud to be one of them.
    You are all invited to join us in telling others about the kingdom of God, a government that will bring lasting solutions to mankind’s problems (Daniel 2:44 Isaiah 9:6)

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  4. Cantelots

    This is practically an indication of carrying out God’s will- which is that all soughts of men be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of the truth. God is truly with this people.

  5. Sydney Crown

    In truth, Jehovah’s Witnesses are not the ones behind this massive translation. As was already noted, it takes real effort, time and resources to translate a website into a few languages. Sure, they make the effort, but it is really the God they worship, Jehovah, who is fulfilling the words at Isaiah 60:22 – “I myself, Jehovah, will speed it up in its own time.”
    Therefore, Jehovah’s Witnesses all over the world give due praise to Jehovah, who “for the sake of his good pleasure energizes [us], giving [us] both the desire and the power to act.” (Philippians 2;13, 4:13) is indeed a profound way to learn more about this marvelous God, Jehovah!!!

  6. Walker

    The article states “they are engaged in spreading their word in virtually every spoken language in the world”. Correction! We are spreading Jehovah’s word in every spoken language.

  7. Enkeleda Thaci

    Being a translator myself I know how hard it is to translate accurately and I find this very Amazing!! This is proof that Jehovah’s witnesses are truly blessed in their worldwide work! Deuteronomy 2:14 “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Jehovah as the waters cover the sea”

    1. Sera

      Yes Jehovah witnesses are all volunteers. Translation if is not all they do! Jehovah’s don’t get payed to build their Kingdom Halls, it’s voluntary donations to afford their constructions and the builders are all volunteering Jehovah witnesses – there is over 60,000 halls. They go to relief work & go preaching in lands that are hard to get too, all and everything they do is voluntary! Not one of the Jehovah witnesses get paid for any of it, and they is over 8million of them.
      I’m proud to be studying the bible with them. I’m a teenager and have found meaning to life.
      Interested? Go visit or speak to one in person.:)

      1. Kevin John Payne

        Yes the labour for building kingdom halls is free the jws use their own money to build the hslls then the halls go up in value the jw coorporations are given ownership of the halls. The congregations devreade in number the congregations are merged together halls are sold at great proffit and the coorporation gets the money and put it into Caimon island off shore accounts so gb memberr can go shopping for alchohol on Sunday mornings when everyones at the meeting

    2. Brandon C.

      Hi, If you know another language, you may go to and see the quality of the translation by comparing the English text versus that of the other language. Observe also the quality of characters used by for rendering different language scripts.

  8. Ronni

    And all of this is done by unpaid volunteers, the work is funded voluntary donations, no plate is passed round! Matt 10:8 “you received free, give free”

  9. David Brownell

    As of August 28, 2017, it is 909 languages. This can only be accomplished because no Jehovah’s Witness in the world is paid for their hard work, all the way to the top. We do this for the love we have for mankind and Jehovah.

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  11. Dartanyan Terry

    As of November 1, 2017, has officially hit 920 languages in translation.

    It is poised and well on its way to hitting 1,000 languages globally.

    Despite natural disasters, terrorism, wars and reports of wars – there is a bright future for mankind that Jehovah God has promised.

    If you would like to learn how you can be a part of this, please visit and select the “Request A Bible Study” link.

    Someone will contact you shortly, totally free of any charge at any time.

    * * *

    If you would like to contribute or donate to a disaster relief fund that benefits individuals worldwide – – –

    It’s really simple.

    1. You just go to

    2. At the bottom of the page there is a link that will say:

    “Make a donation to our worldwide work” > ‘Make A Donation To Our Worldwide Work’ (link)

  12. maisha

    this is practically an indication of carrying out God’s will- which is that all soughts of men be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of the truth. God is truly with this people.

  13. MacDonald

    Regardless of their beliefs, the scope of their translation work is staggering. Especially since they translate into so many sign languages, which is one of the most overlooked areas in translation. Commendable indeed.°

  14. Laura Tales

    Wow that is astonishing and very amazing in the meantime. I could never have speculated that the Jehovah’s witness site would outrank all others, they cover a greater number of dialects than the vast majority of the huge players joined!

    Exceptionally fascinating article and you folks unmistakably appear to know the matter of Website interpretation!

  15. Suzanne Scullion

    Thank you for this informative article. It does not matter how many or how few, Jehovah, the Creator and true God, wants everyone to hear the Good News that soon sickness, sorrow, death inherited from Adam, , wickedness and pain will be gone. People of ALL languages need to hear, listen and read of this marvelous hope in the language of their heart. The true God has moved His people to make it happen. Everything we do is on a volunteer basis. We are not paid for this wonderful provision. Nor do we charge. Our beautiful organization is a real miracle on the earth today. There is none like it. How unlike the selfish, materialistic, prejudiced world we live in. I cannot express how proud I am to belong to Jehovah’s Witnesses for 45 years. I plan on being a servant of Jehovah forever if he’ll have me.

  16. Rupert Kinlock

    Thanks to Jehovah got this amazing achievement . He has really turn his people into a publishing powerhouse. I just recently started reading and writing the Jamaican Creole. I am happy that they publish material Inna Jamiekan Kriyuol (patwa). Mi glad bag bus!

  17. Jimmy

    Truly a fulfillment of Matthew chapter 22 verse 37 and 39
    We love Jehovah first and he has blessed our efforts. We love and care for our neighbor no matter how far away they are and no matter how different they may be.

  18. Innocent Samson

    This Jahova’s work has gone far beyond philosofical question of how an egg become a human.Jahovah God is with all his Witnesses.

  19. Andy

    Now 999 languages.

    There’s something about Jehovah’s witnesses. They’re probably the most misunderstood group in the world. I’ve read both heavily biased articles on them and more positive articles. Yet in person, I think they’re the same as the rest of us, fighting their own struggles and being faithful to their cause. Most religious groups appear practically perfect.
    Jehovah’s witnesses on the other hand seem very human, and perhaps that’s why so many dislike them.
    The American military and others champion bloodless surgery and so many people still think think Jehovah’s witnesses “let people / children die because of not accepting blood transfusions”, that’s the stupidest and most uneducated fallback response to Jehovah’s witnesses considering they might as well say the same for the American military, etc. Actually I’ve done a lot of research and Jehovah’s witnesses are right to have championed bloodless surgery that does actually work with better recoveries. The contaminated blood scandal in the UK has no mention that “Jehovah’s witnesses were right during the 70s and 80s”, and had they have accepted transfusions in those decades would they not be at higher risk to be affected by this scandal? To wish them dead is disgusting and completely insensitive.

    So Jehovah’s witnesses are in my books the right group to translate a website into so many languages. They deserve a medal, people need to wake up and give them a chance.

  20. Colleen

    Jehovahs Witnesses are now translating in 1000 Languages!
    Yes, this is proof of the fulfillment of Matt 24.14;
    ‘This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations and then the end will come…’
    As a previous Pentescostal who unscripturally spoke in ‘unknown tongues’I learnt that Acts 2 makes it obviously clear that these tongues were actual languages of surrounding nations.
    I was not taught to read in context or with understanding
    I can only say now ‘Isnt it obvious who has the truth and is obediently obeying Jesus great commision at Matt 28; 19,20?’

    Satan has made sure that the truth is in the last place people would think to look for it.

  21. Charles

    Glad to see 1006 languages today.
    Small number of people cant do this unless Jehovah helps.

  22. Afbuen

    Jehovah God, uses His organization here on earth to save people “out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues,”…

    That is to fulfill the prophecy recorded at Revelation 7:9-10, 13-14…
    No one can stop Jehovah from fulfilling that.

  23. Afbuen

    Jehovah God, uses His organization here on earth to save people “out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues,”…

    That is to fulfill the prophecy recorded at Revelation 7:9-10, 13-14…
    “”After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. 10 And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
    “In response one of the elders said to me: “These who are dressed in the white robes, who are they and where did they come from?” 14 So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one who knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

    No one can stop Jehovah from fulfilling that.

  24. Max

    [To put that into perspective, Apple’s website is translated into 126 different languages, Google’s search page is available in 149 languages, and Wikipedia has content available to read in 290 different languages. By comparison, the Jehovah’s Witnesses home page dwarfs all three of these websites’ localizations combined!]…..Quoted/Excerpt from another page.

    QUESTION: Why have JW’s gone to such length?
    ANSWER: Matthew 24:14 “And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come”

    QUESTION: What is the drive or motivation behind it?
    ANSWER: Unlike big name organisations who are driven by money, prestige and title, JW’s translation work is motivated by LOVE:
    Mark 12:30, 31 “You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind and with your whole strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these”.
    All the translation work are done by volunteers working tirelessly and selflessly on behalf of their global brotherhood. This is done because of their love for God and their fellow men, helping people of ALL languages, ALL colours, ALL backgrounds to come to know our loving God Jehovah.

    QUESTION: Who is credited for this great achievement?
    ANSWER: Not the translators, Not JW’s, not any individual……but
    2Cor 4:7 “However, we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the power beyond what is normal may be God’s and not from us”.
    Rev 4:11 “You are worthy, Jehovah our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power………..”

    CONCLUSION: Thank You “pangeanic” for researching and publishing this great achievement in translations. If this achievement was from one of the mogul names in todays media as mentioned in the excerpt above they would be lapping it up. However JW’s could only have achieved this because it is Jehovah’s will that his name be made known to the entire earth.
    Ezek 38:23 “And I will certainly magnify myself and sanctify myself and make myself known before the eyes of many nations; and they will have to know that I am Jehovah.”


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