WPML allows you to easily translate pages you build using your favorite page builder. This also includes themes which are bundled with WPBakery Page Builder (formerly Visual Composer).
- Getting started and what to check
- Translating Page Builder Content
- Translation of same texts that appear multiple time
- Updating translation when a page changes
Getting Started and What To Check
Is your site already configured by your developer?
We simply recommend you to make sure the following plugins and options are activated.
Are you setting up WPML yourself?
Then you need to follow the steps below.
- Set up WPML from WPML > Languages. See our WPML Getting Started Guide for a complete reference. The initial, simple three-step setup is self-explanatory, asking you to choose your default language, a set of active languages, and a language selector. (For starters, choose the footer language selector; you can change this later.)
- Install and activate the core WPML plugins (WPML Multilingual CMS, WPML String Translation, WPML Translation Management) first, followed by other WPML plugins that may depend on them.
- Activate the WPML Translation Editor :
Go to the WPML -> Translation Management page and click the Multilingual Content Setup tab. There, select the Use the translation editor option in the How to translate posts and pages section.
How to translate page builder contents
There are two ways contents created with page builders can be translated:
- Manually, by you
- By sending them to be translated by other translators
Use the following steps to translate the contents yourself.
1. Click the plus icon for the language you want to translate the post into. The plus button is accessible either from the page either from the listing pages as you can see in the table below:
|The plus located in the Language box when editing my page.||The plus located under the flag in Pages -> All pages|
2. You are taken to the WPML’s Translation Editor. Contents in the original language are on the left. Put your translations into the boxes on the right. Please note that you can also style the translations just like with the original WordPress editor.
3. Make sure to mark each part of the content as Translation complete:
4. When you are done translating, click Save & Close.
Sending translation to other translators
To send contents created using page builders to be translated by other translators, you need to go to the WPML -> Translation Management page and use the following steps.
1. Choose the type of your content (page, post, etc.), select it, and click Add to translation basket.
2. Click the Translation Basket tab, and select the translator for a specific language. Please note that you need to setup the translators beforehand.
That’s it! Now, translators will be able to go to the WPML -> Translations page and start with the translation job. They will use the same Translation Editor described in the “Manual Translation” section above.
Translation of same texts that appear multiple time
Sometimes, you might have the same text that repeats on your page. WPML automatically recognizes the duplicate contents and offers it for translation as one field. This way, you don’t need to spend time translating the same texts in the page.
Naturally, WPML will display the translation of these texts in all the places that they appear on your page.
The following image displays a design created using WPBakery Page Builder, using three instances of the very same text.
When we translate that page, we can see that the editor only shows one instance of the field to translate this text. Again, this means that we only need to translate it once.
Finally, on the front-end, the translation of the text is displayed in all the places as intended.
Updating translation when a page changes
You can always update the translation of pages that were already translated. When the contents of the translated page change, you can simply translate it, or send to translation, once again. This time, you will not need to translate all the contents once again, but only the part that changed, or was added.
When updating the default language page content make sure not to update the text and the position of an element inside the page as this will result in losing the translated text. Read more about preserving the existing translations when editing the default language page.
In this example, I added a Text Box element to the “About Us” page:
Note: Remember to Update the page after adding the module. This is important because it will load the textual elements of the module to the Translation Editor screen.
In the Language meta box, you will see an arrow instead of a plus button. This indicates that the translation needs to be updated since you recently added some new content to your default language page. Click on the arrow to update the translation in your secondary language page.
You will see the WPML Translation Editor with new fields that need to be filled in. Also, note that the translation completion percentage is back to 75%.
Translate and mark the translations as complete, and then Save and Close.
WPML integrations with page builders
We are constantly working on adding more popular page builders to WPML’s list of integrations.
The following page builders are integrated with WPML:
- WPBakery Page Builder
- Divi Builder
- Avia Builder (Enfold theme)
- Beaver Builder
- Fusion Builder (Avada theme)
- Page Builder by SiteOrigin
If your favorite page builder is not yet integrated with WPML, learn how to easily do this in our guide about integrating page builders that use shortcodes.