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September 1, 2020

If your site’s URL changes as a result of either copying or moving your site, it has implications for some features of the Advanced Translation Editor. WPML walks you through how to set this up correctly.

WPML automatically detects when your site’s URL changes. It proactively asks if your site has moved or if it’s a copy of your site. This is necessary, for instance, if you have done one of the following:

  • Migrated the site to a new domain
  • Used a duplicator plugin to create a testing environment
  • Used a demo site prepared by Toolset
WPML detecting a change in your site’s URL
WPML detecting a change in your site’s URL

Specifying if your site has moved or if it’s a copy will ensure that the Advanced Translation Editor knows what to do with pending translations, translation memory, and existing URLs and permalinks.

When your site has moved

If your site has moved: 

  • Nothing will change on your end.
  • Your site’s translation memory and pending translations will remain as they are.
  • The Advanced Translation Editor will update your site’s permalinks to the new URL.

When you are using a copy of your site

If the site is a copy:

  • WPML will treat it as a new site.
  • Any pending translation jobs will be canceled.
  • If you had an automatic translation account on your original site, you will need a new one for this new site.

Note: Your copied site will keep your existing translation memory, but it will not continue to share the translation memory with the original site. It is possible, however, to keep your translation memory synced between the copied and original sites with an automatic translation account.