Elementor is a page builder that allows users to control the styling and content of their site easily. This allows them to build any desired design with Elementor and translate the texts using WPML.

What you need

Essential Resources

Content

Getting Started

  • Set up WPML from WPML -> Languages. See our WPML Getting Started Guide for complete reference. The initial three-step setup is simple and self-explanatory. It asks you to choose your default language, a set of active languages, and a language selector.
  • First install and activate the core WPML plugins (WPML Multilingual CMS, WPML String Translation, WPML Translation Management). Then install the other WPML plugins that may depend on these core plugins.
  • Install Elementor and activate it.
  • A notification displays at the top of the WordPress dashboard that enables you to easily activate the WPML Translation Editor with a single click. Simply click the Enable it now button in this message window.
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Enable WPML Translation Editor

How to translate Elementor pages using WPML?

WPML presents new features that simplify further the process of translating pages created using Elementor. The following new features are added:

  • Preserving the existing translations when editing the default language page
  • Automatic Translation for internal links
  • Copy-once mode for custom fields

Read more about the new features and see how it works.

WPML lets you translate content in three convenient ways. You can produce the translation yourself, send content to your translators, or send jobs to a professional translation service without leaving your WordPress dashboard.

  Page in original content   Page translated to French
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Scenario 1: Translate the content yourself

WPML’s Translation Editor is only accessible from the back-end of your site. Once you have created your page on the front-end with Elementor, click on the Save button. Then, click the Go to Dashboard button.

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Elementor’s “Go to Dashboard” button

Once your page is published, the plus button will be enabled, allowing you to translate your pages. You can find these plus buttons in the Language box when editing your page, or on the listing pages.

The plus located in the Language box when editing my page. The plus located under the flag in Pages -> All pages
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Clicking one of the plus button takes you to WPML’s Translation Editor.

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WPML Translation Editor

Use it to translate all the content of your page. Note: do not forget to check the box to indicate when a translation is complete.

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Marking each translation as complete

Important note: in order to see the translation on the front-end, you need to get 100% Complete in the Translation Editor:

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The translation is 100% complete

Once the translation is complete, the plus button will change to a pencil button as shown in the following image.

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The pencil replacing the plus

Scenario 2: Send content for others to translate

WPML allows you to send your content to translators. Translators will only see text that requires translation without having to address how your site is built.

1. First, add a WordPress user as a translator to your site or choose a translation service.

2. Select the content you wish to send for translation. Go to the WPML Translation Management page and select the content to translate.

3. Click to add the items you selected to the Translation basket.

4. Finally, on the Translation basket tab, select the translators you desire.

The translators or translation service will receive a notification about your job. When the translation is complete, it will automatically appear on your site.

 Adding a new Element to the page and updating the translation

When you add a new Element to your page and you want to have it translated, follow the same steps as previously described: Save and click on the Go to dashboard button from the front-end builder.

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New Element added to the page

The plus button for this page is replaced by an arrow button, meaning that the translation requires an update.

The arrow replacing the pen

Click on this arrow to re-open WPML’s Translation Editor.

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WPML Translation Editor updated with the new Element

All previous translations appear. Only the new Element must be translated.

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Translation of the new Element

On the front-end, the French translation is also updated as shown on the images below.

 New Element in English   New Element translated in French
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Updating an existing Element and its translation

Sometimes, you must edit existing Elements in the original language.

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Editing an existing module

But what happens to your translation in this case? The translation is not lost.

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The existing translation is not lost

Simply translate the new content you just added.

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Adding the missing translation

 

The front-end is also updated with the French translation as shown in the table below.

Updated Element Updated translation
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List of all translatable Elementor elements

The following textual elements found in Elementor are currently supported by WPML:

  • Heading
  • Text Editor
  • Video
  • Button
  • Icon
  • Price List
  • Price Table
  • Flip Box
  • Slides
  • Image Box
  • Icon Box
  • Icon List
  • Counter
  • Progress Bar
  • Testimonial
  • Tabs
  • Accordion
  • Toggle
  • Alert
  • HTML
  • Form
  • Posts (Here is a short video explaining how to translate this element.)

Getting help from our technical support

The WPML support team is trained on how to integrate Elementor page builder with WPML. If you run into any problems or need our advice, create a new ticket and our support team will be happy to assist you.

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