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Updated
June 15, 2021

WPML and most professional translation services use a translation memory. This saves translations and prevents you from needing to translate the same content again.

WPML can save you valuable time and money thanks to its translation memory. Translation memory saves the translations you have previously created and applies them automatically as you translate pages with the same sentences.

For example, we have translated the content below using the Advanced Translation Editor. Once completed, these translations are saved in the translation memory.

Translating a page with the Advanced Translation Editor
Translating a page with the Advanced Translation Editor

When we use one of the same segments on another page, the saved translation is reused when we go to translate it.

Translation memory applies the saved translation automatically
Translation memory applies the saved translation automatically

Using Translation Memory with Different Translation Editors

The Advanced Translation Editor offers the best translation memory. It works with fuzzy matches, can be shared with other sites that use the same automatic translation account, and it can occasionally also remember translations created by other sources.

The Classic Translation Editor requires an exact match for translation memory to work.

Translation memory also works for strings. If you translate a string and use the exact same string again later, the saved translation will be applied in String Translation and the Classic Translation Editor.

Translations Not Showing Up?

Check out our translation memory FAQ to troubleshoot.