Originally written
May 19, 2020
Updated
June 2, 2020

Whenever you update something on a translated page, WPML will indicate that the translation needs to be updated. Sometimes the change is a minor one that can be updated locally without submitting the job to a professional translator.

As an example, let’s say you have translated the menu page for a restaurant’s website using a translation service. You then decide to change the prices on two of the items. WPML now shows that your translation is out of date, even though the only change you made was to two numbers.

The circular arrows under the translations for the Menu page indicate that the translation needs to be updated

Go to WPML → Translation Management, find the page you would like to translate and add it to your translation basket.

Adding the page to your translation basket

Go to WPML → Translation Management, find the page you would like to translate and add it to your translation basket.

Selecting a local translator

Go to WPML → Translations to take and translate a job.

Translating a job locally

The Advanced Translation Editor will open. As you can see, only the changes we made to the prices show as needing translation.

Translating the prices using the Advanced Translation Editor

Enter the translated prices and click Finish.

The translation of your page will now appear up to date.

A note about translation memory: If your original content was translated using a professional translation service and you try to edit the translation using Advanced Translation Editor, you may see a blank page. This is because the Advanced Translation Editor relies on translation memory in order to match translations up with content. This translation memory may differ from the professional service’s translation memory. In this case, you must either re-translate the page using the Advanced Translation Editor or use the Classic Translation Editor to make updates to the page.