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May 10, 2022

With pay-as-you-go pricing, you only pay for what you translate, and you never pay more than a fraction of a US cent per translated word. Best of all: the more you translate during the month, the cheaper the price is for each word.

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See what happens here? 12,000th credit is cheaper than the 2,001st one!


The prices listed above are just a rough estimate. Thanks to WPML’s translation memory, most users actually pay less. This is because the system keeps track of the sentences you already paid for and automatically applies the saved translations.

Learn how to find the word count of your site using WPML.

Learn More About Automatic Translation Pricing

Is Automatic Translation Expensive?

Automatic translation is free for the majority of sites thanks to some great features:

  • WPML Multilingual CMS and Agency accounts purchased on or after September 29, 2021 include a package of automatic translation credits at no extra cost.
  • If you pay-as-you-go, you can use up to 2,000 automatic translation credits each month for free.
  • The Advanced Translation Editor’s translation memory remembers and automatically completes any text you have previously translated. This means you won’t have to pay to translate the same content twice.

If you need to translate even more content, we offer affordable and flexible payment options depending on your site’s languages and needs.

How Automatic Translation Works

WPML charges a fraction of a cent per translated word. Because these amounts per word are so small, we use a unit called translation credits to calculate the price. Each translated word is worth a certain amount of translation credits based on which translation engine you use.

What is a Translation Engine?

A translation engine is the service that generates the translations for you. WPML has three different translation engines to choose from: Microsoft, Google Translate, and DeepL. This makes it possible to support a variety of language pairs and offer different price points based on translation quality.

How Many Credits Does Each Translation Engine Use?

For each translated word, you can expect to pay for the following number of credits:

Translation EngineCost to Translate One Word
Microsoft1 credit
Google Translate (default)2 credits
DeepL3 credits

The default translation engine for new sites is Google Translate. You can change your preferred order of translation engines or disable the ones you don’t want to use. If a language on your site is not supported by your chosen translation engine, it will automatically fall back to another translation that does support it.

When choosing a translation engine for your site, it’s important to consider not only the cost of each one, but also which languages each translation engine supports. We also recommend testing the different available engines to see which one gives you the most natural translations for your specific language pairs.

Pay-As-You-Go Pricing

Paying as you go allows you to automatically translate your site, then pay for the translation credits you used (if any) at the end of the month. You can translate easily without running out of credits or assigning credits to your site.

Sign up for pay-as-you-go and use up to 2,000 credits for free each month – you’re only charged if you use more credits than that. If you have a big site with lots of content, don’t worry! The more you translate in one month, the cheaper it is per credit:

Automatic Translation Pricing

CreditsPrice for 1,000 creditsTotal credits usedMax payment
First 2,000$0.00
Next 8,000$0.75
Next 10,000$0.70
Next 40,000$0.60
Next 90,000$0.50
Next 250,000$0.40
Next 1,100,000$0.30
Next 2,500,000$0.25
Next 6,000,000$0.20
Next 40,000,000$0.10
Please note, the maximum payment does not include VAT

Read more about paying as you go:

Do I Have to Pay This Much Every Month?

No! You only pay for new translations. Once you translate your content, it stays translated without any additional charges.

This means if you don’t automatically translate any of your content during the month, you don’t pay anything. There is no monthly subscription fee.

Are There Any Limits on How Much I Can Translate?

There are two safety limits that prevent you from accidentally spending too much and protect us from fraud. These limits occur the first time you spend $100 and $4,000 in one month. If you reach these limits, you will be asked to pay before you can continue translating. At the end of the month, the amount you paid will be deducted from your invoice.

Please note that reaching these limits only happen if you translate a huge amount of content, and the vast majority of clients never use this many credits in one month.

Can I Buy Prepaid Packages of Credits?

Yes! If you prefer to purchase credits upfront, you can buy a prepaid package of credits and assign them to your sites. These credits have no expiration date, but they are more expensive than paying as you go.

You can purchase automatic translation credits in the following amounts:

Number of CreditsPrice (not including VAT)

Learn more about how to assign automatic translation credits to your site.

Refunds for Automatic Translation Credits

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds for translation credits. As you start using your credits, it means we’ve already paid the selected translation engine for those credits.