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Last updated by Izzi Hassan 10 months, 3 weeks ago.

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September 23, 2019 at 3:28 pm #4625395


Hey guys, I have a client who wants to split a WordPress site running on WPML into two sites, so that they can focus each site on two different target groups - medical users and athletes. So top domain would simply be a page asking which site the visitor wants to be redirected to. Is it a simple case of duplicating the site and changing the URLs manually or is there a simpler approach? I'm just worried about the linked translated pages as I've not worked with WPML in a long long time.

September 24, 2019 at 8:15 am #4628993

Izzi Hassan

Languages: English (English )

Timezone: Asia/Karachi (GMT+05:00)

Hi Sanjin,

In order for me to better assist you, please confirm that you are wanting to do the following for your client:

  • Split a single website with multiple languages into two websites with multiple languages on each domain
  • Each of the two new sites will be on separate domains (e.g, and not a single domain (e.g., or subdomains (e.g.,
  • Each of the two new sites will handle multiple languages on the same domain (e.g., and not different subdomains (e.g.,

Site migrations, when done properly, usually have no effect on your translations or WPML settings. If everything goes smoothly, you will see two copies of the same site, with all of your current content, as well as their translations.

When you split the website into two, you will either have two separate websites that exist completely separately of each other, or you will need to use WordPress as a Multisite Network ( I don’t believe you want to set up a multisite network, but here’s an article on how to set up WPML to run for all sites on your network:

Please bear in mind that you will need a separate Site Key if you are going to use WPML on two different installations of WordPress. You will also need to update the Site Key you are currently using since the URL will change. You can manage your Keys here:

Just delete your current Key and create two new ones with the new URLs, then use them to register WPML on each site after your migration is complete.

We recommend using a plugin like Duplicator ( to perform the migration and update URLs in your database without breaking the site. If you have never migrated a WordPress website before, you may want to read this information first:

You should always back up your current site and attempt the migration in a development or staging environment, so that you can test before making the new sites live.

Please let us know if you have any issues!

September 24, 2019 at 8:39 am #4629171

Izzi Hassan

Languages: English (English )

Timezone: Asia/Karachi (GMT+05:00)

I will keep this ticket open until we hear from you.

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