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Originally written
February 6, 2019
Updated
September 30, 2020

Some plugins are not compatible with the WPML Advanced Translation Editor or Classic Translation Editor. When translating content from these plugins, you need to translate your site manually. You can also use this process to create different designs in different languages for a page or post.

When to use manual translation

Manual translation allows you to translate a few plugins that are not otherwise compatible with the Advanced Translation Editor or Classic Translation Editor. For a list of plugins that require manual translation, please see our compatibility status list.

Manual translation can also be useful if you would like to create different designs for different translations.

Please note that you can only use manual translation if you translate the page or post yourself rather than use a professional translation service or local translators.

How to use manual translation

To use manual translation, open the page or post you would like to translate.

  1. In the Language box, turn off WPML’s Translation Editor switch found in the Translate this Document section.
  2. In the Use the WordPress Editor to translate pop-up dialog that appears, select This page option.
    Use WPML's Translation Editor switch
    Use WPML’s Translation Editor switch
    Use the WordPress Editor to translate dialog box
    Use the WordPress Editor to translate dialog box
  3. In the Language meta-box, select the Duplicate checkbox, and then click Duplicate. This will duplicate the page in the selected secondary language.
    Tick the checkbox and click on the Duplicate button
    Tick the checkbox and click on the Duplicate button
  4. Click on the pencil icon to edit the page in the other language.
    Click on the pencil icon to add the translation
    Click on the pencil icon to add the translation
  5. On the editing page of the duplicated page, click Translate independently in the Language box.
    Translate independently
    Translate independently
  6. Translate the page or edit the design. In our example, we added an additional element.
    Add the additional element
    Add the additional element
  7. Once you complete translating all the elements on the page, click Update.
    Update the page
    Update the page