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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.

Copy your site's URL

Copy your site’s URL

Copy the site’s URL. You will need it to create a site key in your wpml.org account. The site URL starts with http or https. Then, log in to your wpml.org account and click on My Sites.

'My sites' in your wpml.org account

‘My sites’ in your wpml.org account

Now, click on the button to add a new site:

Add a new site

Add a new site

Paste the site URL that you copied from the registration box before (starts with http or https). Your site will be added. Then, click on the show key link to display the site-key:

Click to show key

Click to show key

The ‘show key’ text will be replaced by your site’s actual registration key. Copy that value and paste it back into the registration box in WordPress.

Enter your key

Enter your key

After you register your site, you will see a confirmation message and a list of WPML’s components, which you can install.

Registration confirmation

Registration confirmation

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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