WPML’s Advanced Translation Editor aims to make translation work a lot faster and more accurate. One of the features that it offers is «machine translation». This feature relies on paid translation engines and we’ve started charging for heavy usage of it.
When you use Google Translation on the web, it’s free, but you can only use it for one piece of text at a time. To use machine translation in bulk, Google and Microsoft charge a small fee.
Until now we managed to absorb the cost of this fee. However, the usage of WPML’s Advanced Translation Editor and, especially, the automatic translation feature is on the rise and we have to start charging for using it.
New sites that start using WPML’s Advanced Translation Editor receive a free quota of 2000 words. This is roughly 5 pages with a medium amount of content. If you use the automatic translation feature here and there, you’re not going to reach this quota very soon. When you use it to translate entire websites, it will run out after a few pages.
Then, if you want to get more machine translation (which we pay for), you can buy tiny, medium or large chunks of quota: Personal: $0.99 – 1500 words ($0.667 / 1000 words) Business: $9.99 – 20000 words ($0.5 / 1000 words) Publisher: $49.99 – 150000 words ($0.333 / 1000 words)
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use my own machine translation API key?
Sorry, but no. Our application runs on our own servers (hosted), so we can only use our own keys.
Can I use a free translation engine, like Deepl?
Deepl is excellent, but doesn’t currently give the language coverage and availability that we need. Additionally, Deepl isn’t staying free forever.
Are you planning to mix between different machine translation engines?
According to our tests, if we stay with one provider, we get better results. Different engines offer some temporary advantages in some language pairs, but this fluctuates.
Feedback? Questions? Ideas?
We created the automatic translation feature for your benefit and we want to make sure that you enjoy using it. Please leave your feedback so we can get back to you.