Contact Form 7 allows you to create, customize, and manage front-end forms for your site. In this tutorial, we provide step-by-step instructions on how to make these forms multilingual using WPML.
Here is a short video that explains the process of translating form built using the Contact Form 7 plugin:
- Getting Started
- Translating Your Forms
- Getting Help – WPML Support Forum
Start by installing and activating the following plugins:
- Contact Form 7 plugin
- Contact Form 7 Multilingual plugin
- WPML core plugin and WPML String Translation add-on
If you’re new to WPML, check out our Getting Started Guide. It quickly walks you through different translation options you can use.
To translate your forms, use the following steps:
To create your form, go to Contact → Add New. When completed, you will get a shortcode for your contact form. Copy it to insert it later into your contact page.
If a field in your form has a placeholder text, you won’t be able to translate it by default. To make it translatable, add an equals (=) sign between the placeholder attribute name and its value.
Here is an example of the field’s tag that Contact From 7 generates which includes the placeholder text:
[text* your-name placeholder "Your name here"]
To be able to translate the placeholder text, alter the field’s tag in the default language form to be:
[text* your-name placeholder="Your name here"]
Now, it’s time to translate the form and WPML provides you different ways of doing that.
If you use the Translate Some mode, you can use Translation Management to automatically translate your contact forms. Simply go to WPML → Translation Management, find and select your form, and click to translate it.
Go to WPML → Translation Management to send all types of content, including contact forms, for translation.
You can send any content, including forms, to be translated by your own translators, or by one of many professional translation services integrated with WPML.
You can find detailed instructions on how to do this in our guide about using WPML’s translation management.
Alternatively, you can translate the form yourself. To do this, edit the form and in the Language box, click the plus icon corresponding to the language you want to translate your form into.
This takes you to WPML’s Advanced Translation Editor (ATE) screen and you can translate the form texts.
Now you need to insert the shortcode into a post, page, or widget in the default language.
In our example, we created a new page in English and added a shortcode to it.
Finally, you need to translate the pages, posts, or widgets that hold the forms. Just like translating the forms, you can send these to be translated by others, or you can do it manually yourself.
To translate it yourself, edit the post or a page and use the Language box to translate or duplicate it.
Make sure to translate only the texts. Do not change anything within the shortcode. WPML will automatically display the form in the correct language.
In case you need help translating your forms built using Contact Form 7 and WPML, visit WPML’s support forum.