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
- Non-translatable Form Elements
- 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.
Now, it’s time to translate the form and WPML provides you with 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.
If your form has placeholder texts you need to translate, you can use the Advanced Translation Editor. Use the Search Source feature in the upper-left-hand corner to find the original placeholder texts. Then, add and save the translations for each of your placeholders.
The steps to translate fields with multiple options are slightly different. This includes fields such as dropdown menus, select fields, radio buttons, and checkboxes.
Start by opening the form for translation using the Advanced Translation Editor, as described above. Then, use the following steps to translate fields with multiple options:
- Search for the value of the option that you want to translate.
- Enter the translation.
- Save the translation.
Repeat these steps for all values coming from multiple options fields in the form.
Now you need to insert your form into a post, page, or widget in the default language. To do this, simply insert the Contact Form 7 block and select your form using a dropdown.
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.
There are certain form elements whose texts come from your browser and not Content Form 7 or WPML. This includes elements like the Browse and Upload File buttons and reCAPTCHA.
A user visiting your site will see these fields displayed based on the default language of their browser.
In case you need help translating your forms built using Contact Form 7 and WPML, visit WPML’s support forum.