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How to Download and Install WPML

August 28th, 2012 by Amir

WPML includes its own automatic update and install process. After you install the base WPML plugin once, you can auto-install its components and receive upgrades directly to the WordPress admin.

First time install

First time you install WPML, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WPML.org account.
  2. Go to the Downloads section.
  3. You can install any WPML components that you need. You can also just install the WPML Multilingual CMS plugin and receive the rest of the components directly to your WordPress admin.
  4. Unzip each file. A directory will be created.
  5. Upload the unzipped directories to your site’s ‘wp-contents/plugins’ directory.
  6. Log in to your site, go to Plugins and enable them.

Automatic updates and installing WPML components via the WordPress admin

WPML will automatically check for updates and can also automatically install its different components on your sites. For this, you will need to register WPML and connect it with your account on wpml.org.

After you activate WPML, go to the Plugins admin page. You will see a message asking you to register WPML.

Registration message on the plugins admin page

Registration message on the plugins admin page

Follow the link to buy/register and you will see WPML’s info box:

Purchase and registration options

Purchase and registration options

If you haven’t yet purchased WPML, you can do that right from within the WordPress admin. If you have a WPML account, click on the ‘Register WPML’ button.

Click to register this site

Click to register this site

Click where it says ‘WPML account’. This will take you to your account and auto-register your site. You will need to confirm that you’re adding this site. Then, you will see the key to activate WPML on the site. Copy your site-key. You can select it by double clicking on the text and copying to the clipboard (CTRL-C).

Your site key is ready. Copy it, so you can paste back in WordPress.

Your site key is ready. Copy it, so you can paste back in WordPress.

Now, return to your WordPress site and enter this site key. Click OK to complete the registration.

Paste the site-key and click OK to complete the registration.

Paste the site-key and click OK to complete the registration.

You will see a list of WPML components which are available for you to install.

Install additional WPML components

Install additional WPML components

Select the checkboxes next to the components that you need. If you also want to activate the plugins immediately, also select the checkbox ‘Activate after download’. Then, click on the ‘Download’ button. If you don’t choose the option to activate, these components will be downloaded and installed onto your WordPress site and you can activate them later from the Plugins page.

From now, you will receive updates to WPML and its components automatically to the site that you just registered.

Registration FAQ

How many sites can I register WPML on?

You can register WPML on all your sites and sites that you build for your clients.

Can others reuse my site-keys to register WPML on other websites?

No, each site-key is unique for the website you registered.

Can I stop automatic updates for any site?

You control which sites can get automatic updates from your account. You can always visit ‘My sites’ and delete site keys.


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