You have a new or existing site that you need to make multilingual. Not a developer? No problem. This step-by-step guide aims to help you translate your site using the WordPress Multilingual plugin.

Making sure that WPML is installed and set up

If you are a site owner, you should already have a developer involved. The developer is the person who owns the WPML license and who should install and set up the plugin on your site for you.

There are a few ways in which you can easily check whether WPML is installed correctly, as given in the table below. If any of the first four checks does not produce expected results, you should contact your site’s developer to have them resolved.

What to check Example of how it should look
There is a WPML menu in the WordPress admin.
On the WPML -> Languages page, you can see the list of languages you need to use on your site.
A language switcher appears on the front-end.

Two things are needed for this to happen.

a) Your developer should have added the language switcher to one of the site’s menus or as a widget.

b) The contents you are viewing on the front-end must be translated. You can translate one page yourself to see if the language switcher appears correctly.

The Translation Management module is installed. There should be a WPML -> Translation Management entry in the main admin menu.
The correct translation method is selected. You can easily take care of this by yourself. In most cases, using the Create translations manually option should be OK.

Are you using a page builder? In this case, please select the Use the translation editor option instead.


Need help? Leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you.

Next part: Translating content yourself

8 Responses to “Beginners guide to site translation”

  1. Premaltha says:

    Hi ,

    If I have bought the WPML plugin, the other WPML related plugins need to buy or all have come with WPML itself. (Ex: WPML translation Management,etc..)

    and I have another doubt. If the content all needs to change manually or automatically using WPML plugin. If I change all the content automatically means, Let me explain the steps how to do that…

    Thanks for the answer in advance,!!

    • Dario says:


      All the related WPML plugins are part of the package you get when you buy the “Multilingual CMS” version of WPML. You will be able to download all these additional plugins from your account page, along with the WPML plugin itself.

      I am not sure what you mean by changing the contents automatically, however, it works like this… WPML allows you to:
      – translate the contents yourself,
      – send contents to be translated by other users registered on your site,
      – OR send the contents to be translated by a professional translation service.

      This is all done from the WordPress admin.

      I hope this helps to clarify your question.

  2. ali goreja says:

    i have configured the wpml, i am using it for arabic language, i configured it but the arabic logo and tag is not displaying in my site. only english is displaying. how to fix this?

    • Agnes Bury says:

      What do you mean by “tag”, the site’s tagline? You mean the tag and logo are not displaying at all or they are not trasnlated? Anyway, there might be diffrent reasons why your logo is not displaying. Best would be to open a ticket in our support forum so our supporters can investigate the issue on your site.

  3. ali goreja says:

    i have used page builder in my theme to develop pages. now when i click on the translate link, it shows the code instead of the translation panel. please help
    and in the pages it shows the code of woo commerce, i already enabled and installed the woocommerce multilingual. but not working.

    • Agnes Bury says:

      Why wouldn’t you open a ticket on our support forum? We can do much more in our support forum than in comments.

  4. ali iqbal says:

    and i am searching it for more than half an hour, i did not find option where i could be able to open a ticket. please if you guide me how to open a ticket?

    • Agnes Bury says:

      1. Log into your WPML account
      2. Visit this page
      3. Scroll down the page
      4. Click “Something is not doing what I expect it to ”
      5. Start typing in to discribe your problem. Some answers will appear. You can ignore them if they don’t help you.
      7. Scroll down the page until you see a big blue button that says “Create a new support ticket”

      I hope it help.

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