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Originally written
October 21, 2019
Updated
October 8, 2020

WPML’s pricing for automatic translation is affordable for websites of any size and language. Whether it’s a one-page website or an enterprise site with millions of words, automatic translation will save you time and money.

Automatic translation pricing is based on the actual number of words you have used each month, which means if you haven’t translated any words, you won’t be charged! On top of that, WPML starts you off a one-time bonus of free words. As a result, automatic translation is free for sites that translate less than 2,000 words per month. Keep reading to see how it works.

Create an automatic translation account for 2,000 free words

WPML starts you off each month with 2,000 free words to translate your site. To claim your 2,000 words, sign up for an automatic translation account by going to WPMLTranslation Management and clicking the Translation Tools tab.

This means that any site that uses 2,000 words or less each month can use automatic translation for free! The 2,000 words resets each month.

If you use more than 2,000 words per month, we will charge you according to the following pricing table.

Monthly translation quota
Monthly charge
Up to 2,000 words
FREE
Up to 5,000 words
$2
Up to 15,000 words
$7
Up to 50,000 words
$15
Up to 100,000 words
$17
Up to 500,000 words
$72

* This pricing is for websites registered on WPML.org with valid accounts. Sites that are not registered or registered on expired accounts pay an additional $2.98 per month for automatic translation.

Paying for the words you use

You are charged based on the actual number of words you use in each calendar month. This means that when you set up your account, we will not charge you anything because you haven’t translated any words yet. On the 3rd of each month, we will charge you for your usage during the previous calendar month.

The system checks how many words you have used and charges you according to the pricing level it falls into. For example, if you use 77,000 words, you will be charged $17, since it falls in the 50,000 – 100,000 word range.

To make sure you don’t exceed your preferred budget, you can set a limit for monthly payments.

You can also share your automatic translation words between other sites.

Setting a monthly payment limit

To ensure you don’t accidentally go over your monthly budget, you can set a limit for the maximum amount you would like to pay each month.

When you first sign up, a payment limit is set at the $17 payment level by default. You can change this by going to WPMLTranslation Management and clicking the Translation Tools tab. Click Payment & Settings to view your current limit.

Viewing your automatic translation payment limit
Viewing your automatic translation payment limit

Click Change your limit and drag your limit to where you would like it to be. Then click Update Limit to save the change.

If you have a new automatic translation account and are unable to increase your limit to where you would like it to be, please note this is a security feature for new accounts.

To unlock higher payment limits:

  1. Set the limit for the maximum available to you.
  2. When you have used up all your words, you will be prompted to pay the current balance on your invoice.
  3. Once it is paid, the next higher payment limit will unlock, and you can continue translating.
  4. On the 3rd of the month, you will receive an invoice for the number of words you have used since your earlier payment.

Viewing your invoices

You can view your payment history and download past invoices at any time by going to WPMLTranslation Management and clicking the Translation Tools tab. Click Payment & Settings and scroll down to expand the Invoices dropdown.

Viewing past invoices
Viewing past invoices

Canceling the payment plan for automatic translation

Go to WPMLTranslation Management and click the Translation Tools tab. Click the Payment & Settings button, and then the Cancel subscription link.

You’ll receive a final bill for your usage over the last month.