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Originally written
September 11, 2020
Updated
September 11, 2020

One of the first things you need to decide when setting up a multilingual site is who will translate it. If you translate your site with local translators, you can add, assign language pairs, then assign translation jobs to them in Translation Management.

There are two ways you can add local translators to work on your site:

  1. Through the setup wizard
  2. Through Translation Management

Adding local translators through the setup wizard

The first time you start Translation Management, it will walk you through setting up your translators. 

Adding translators through the Translation Management setup wizard

To add a local translator:

  1. When asked Who will translate this site?, choose Users of this site.
  2. Click Add a Translator.
  3. Choose whether your new translator is an existing user of the site or a new user.
  4. Set the language pairs. This will ensure that the user only appears as a translator option when the translation job matches their language pairs.

Adding local translators through Translation Management

If you have already gone through the setup wizard, you can still add local translators and edit their language pairs. Go to the WPML → Translation Management page and click the  Translation Roles tab.

Adding translators or editing language pairs in Translation Management

Here, you can add a translator by following the same steps as the wizard. You can also edit a translator’s language pairs by hovering over their name and clicking Edit Languages.

On this page, you can also set a Translation Manager to handle everything related to translation.

Submitting translation jobs to local translators

Once your translators are set up, you can see them in the list of translators in the Translation Basket. You can also assign the job to First available. This will give every translator the chance to take the translation job when they are available.

Please note: you will only see translators whose language pairs match the translation job. 

Choosing a local translator – only translators whose language pairs match the translation job will appear in the list