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October 11, 2021

Enfold theme allows you to build a website in a few minutes. It includes many features and can be optimized based on your needs. It also comes with predefined content for easy setup. Whatever content you build with Enfold, you can translate it with WPML.


Getting started
WPML translation tools
Translating your pages
Translating custom element templates
Translating Portfolio and custom taxonomies
Translating texts from Enfold theme, plugins, and other places
Enfold’s language switcher
Translating menus
Translating sliders
Maintaining the Avia Layout Builder Compatibility with WPML
Known issues with Enfold
Getting help from our support
Get help with building and maintaining your site
Getting WPML

Getting started

Make sure that the Enfold theme is activated, by going to the AppearanceThemes page.

You will need the Multilingual CMS version of WPML. Install the WPML core plugin plus String Translation, Translation Management, and Media translation add-ons.

WPML translation tools

WPML offers two translation editors you can use for translating your site’s content:

Besides translating your site content yourself, you can also:

Translating your pages

With WPML, you can also translate any types of contents in your site, including pages and posts. For an easy start, read our Getting Started guide to site translation.

Translating pages built with Avia Page Builder

Visit our documentation page for exact steps on how to translate contents build with page builders.

You can also watch a short overview of translating pages built with Enfold in the following video.

Translating Custom Element Templates

Checkout Enfold’s documentation to learn more about creating and using custom element templates (CET).

To translate custom element templates, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to WPMLTranslation Management. From the first dropdown menu for selecting the element type, choose ALB Custom Element then click the Filter button. You will see a list of all the custom Enfold elements that you have created on your website.
Listing the Custom Element Templates on the Translation Management screen
  1. Similar to translating your pages’ and posts’ content, you can send the ALB custom elements to be translated by a local translator or a professional translation service.You can translate the CET content yourself by clicking the Translate link under the element we want to translate. This takes you to the custom element editing screen.
Navigating to the custom element template editing screen

Alternatively, you can navigate to the CET editing screen when editing a page or post created using the Advanced Layout Builder by going to the Custom Elements tab and clicking the Edit Custom Elements button. Then click on the book icon.

Clicking the book icon to navigate to the CET editing screen

To do so you need to enable the Additional Translate Icon option on the EnfoldCustom Elements panel.

Enabling the Addtional Trnslation icon
  1. In the Language box, click the plus icon corresponding to the language you want to translate the CET into. This takes you to WPML’s Advanced Translation Editor.
Clicking the plus icon to translate the CET
  1. Translate the content and click the Complete button to publish the translation.
Translating the CET content using WPML’s Advanced Translation Editor

Translating sub-items of custom elements

Finally, you must also translate all sub-items belonging to the custom element.

Sub-items of custom elements show as separate elements on the Translation Management screen. For example, creating a Button Row custom element template adds two elements to the Translation Management screen. Make sure to translate the element along with all its subitems.

Translating Custom Element Templates with sub-items

Adding custom element templates to pages

Translating pages that include custom element templates is similar to translating any other page on your website.

When translating a page that includes an already translated CET, you will notice that the Advanced Translation Editor loads that CET content along with its translation. This is expected behavior as you might want to update the translation if you updated the CET content on this page.

Editing the default language custom element template and updating the translations

When you edit the CET content in the default language CET or change its settings, you need to update the translations. To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to WPMLTranslation Management.
  2. From the first dropdown menu for selecting the item type, choose ALB Custom Element and click Filter.
  3. The spinning arrows icon indicates that you need to update the translation. Click the Translate link.
Clicking the translate link to update the translation
  1. In the language box, click the spinning arrows icon corresponding to the language you want to update the translation for. This takes you to WPML’s Advanced Translation Editor.
  2. Update the translation and click the Complete button.
Updating the translation

If you edited only the settings of the default language CET, all translations will already be there. In this case, just click the Complete button and the system will copy the default language settings to the translated version of the CET.

Translating Portfolio pages and custom taxonomies

To translate Portfolio items or any custom post type items, you need to follow the same steps as for translating any other types of pages. Visit our documentation page for exact steps on translating the contents yourself.

Click on the plus icon to translate the Portfolio page

Portfolio Categories can be translated while translating your pages, on the Translation Editor screen. There, you can translate the Portfolio elements as well as your Portfolio Categories.

Additionally, you can translate your Portfolio Categories on the WPMLTaxonomy Translation page. Select the Portfolio Categories from the drop-down menu and a list of your categories will appear. Click the plus icon to translate a category for the respective language and use the dialog box that appears to add your translation.

Translate the categories using the Taxonomy Translation page

Keep in mind that the translations of categories are universal: if you make a change, they will be updated everywhere.

Translating texts from Enfold theme, plugins and other places

Besides contents coming from posts and pages in your site, there are usually some texts coming from other places. Most common examples are themes and plugins.

To learn how to translate these texts, read our documentation page about translating strings.

Enfold’s language switcher

Enfold adds its own custom language switcher to the menu which displays the flags for the languages that you have on your site. Unlike WPML’s menu language switcher, you can’t customize it. To learn more about the different WPML customization options, check out our language switcher options guide.

You might run into a few issues when using Enfold’s language switcher. For example, pages without translation still display the flags for all languages on your site. Clicking on a flag where the translation is missing will direct you to the 404 page.

To avoid such issues, we highly recommend disabling Enfold’s language switcher and using the default WPML menu language switcher.

Use the following steps to disable Enfold’s language switcher:

  1. Go to the EnfoldTheme Options page. In the Enfold’s menu click Header and then the Extra elements tab.
  2. Set the Enfold WPML Language Flags ( global setting – used for all languages ) option to Hide the default language flags and click the Save all changes button.
Disabling Enfold’s language switcher

Translating Menus

With WPML, you can easily synchronize your language menus. For more information, please check our complete menus translation tutorial.

Translating sliders

Enfold comes bundled with Layer Slider. Read our documentation on how to create multilingual sliders using Layer Slider to translate any slider created using the Layer Slider plugin.

Maintaining the Avia Layout Builder Compatibility with WPML

We have prepared a documentation that explains how the Avia Layout Builder works with WPML. Additionally, it explains the process of updating the language configuration file in order to maintain the compatibility between WPML and the Avia builder. Feel free to check it here.

Known Issues

Right now, there are no known compatibility issues between this theme and WPML.

Getting help from our support

In case you need help translating your site built using Enfold and WPML, visit WPML’s support forum.

Need help with building and maintaining your site?

If you need help with building or maintaining your site, take a look at our list of WPML Contractors. They are experienced developers specialized in developing multilingual sites.


You can evaluate WPML for 30 days and see how you like it. If you are not happy with our plugin, we refund you without any questions in the 30 days.