Today, we released WPML 4.6. This is a major update with several new features and improvements, and it’s available to download now.
Check out the main features in detail below, or see our changelog for all the included updates.
Rollout Plan and WordPress 6.2
As usual, we are releasing WPML 4.6 in batches, starting with 5% of the sites.
Because WordPress 6.2 is scheduled for release at the end of March we'll have another WPML release before that.
All sites with a valid account will receive WPML 4.6 ahead of WordPress 6.2. If we see that there’s no WPML update needed for WordPress 6.2, we’ll push the current update. If we need to apply additional changes to WPML, you’ll receive them together in one update from us.
WPML 4.6 includes many things that will help you translate content easier. If you want to get started with this release without any additional wait, go to your account's Downloads page, or update directly from your WordPress admin:
- Go to Plugins → Add New.
- Click the Commercial tab.
- Click Check for Updates.
Updates to Translation Mode Options
We've made some improvements to Translation Mode options in WPML 4.6 to make them more user-friendly. Our previous naming conventions – Translate Everything and Translate Some – were confusing to clients. Now, we are calling these options Translate Everything Automatically and Translate What You Choose. We hope this update will make translating your site more clear and intuitive.
Bulk Automatic Translation Workflow Improvements
In WPML 4.6, we've made improvements to the bulk auto-translation workflow. You can now translate selected content automatically without having to open the Advanced Translation Editor.
To send content to be translated automatically in bulk, you first need to either assign credits to your site or sign up for pay-as-you-go. Then, it’s as easy as using Translation Management:
- Go to WPML → Translation Management.
- Select the content you want to translate and the languages you want to translate it into.
- Choose Translate automatically and start translating!
Reviews for Bulk Automatic Translation
Although machine translation has come a long way in the last several years, it’s good to review the translations to make sure everything sounds right. Previously, the review options were only available to clients who translated their whole site automatically. With WPML 4.6, any client who uses automatic translation can easily review and edit their translations.
When WPML finishes translating, you will see a notification in the admin bar or on the Translation Management Dashboard that there are translations ready for your review. Click this notification to see a list of translation jobs ready for review.
Click Review to see what the translation will look like on the site’s front-end. You can accept the translations or edit them to open them in the Advanced Translation Editor.
You can adjust your review settings (along with your preferred translation engines) in WPML → Settings.
New Language Switcher Block for Gutenberg
WPML 4.6 introduces a new language switcher block for Gutenberg. This means you can:
- Add a language switcher to posts, pages, and other site content without shortcodes
- Build sites that use the Site Editor (formerly known as Full Site Editing)
If you add a language switcher block to a template or template part, you will need to translate it. You can select it from the Translation Management Dashboard and send it to translation just like any other content.
In addition to these new features and enhancements, we've also made improvements to WPML to make it even faster and more efficient. While we're proud of the performance improvements we've made, we want to remind you that you shouldn't expect a huge boost in your site's performance. This is because WPML is already optimized. However, we're constantly working to improve WPML and make sure it consumes as few resources as necessary.
We also recommend checking out our blog post with performance suggestions.
SVG Flags for Language Switcher
This release upgrades the old PNG flags in the language switcher to SVG vector files. Many of our clients have requested this update, and it comes with several benefits:
- SVG images have smaller file sizes which means faster load times and improved site speed ranking
- Vector images display beautifully no matter what your site visitors’ screen resolution is
Leave Your Feedback – We’ll Respond!
We hope you enjoy the new features and enhancements in WPML 4.6. As always, if you have any questions or feedback, please share it with us in the comments below.