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WPML is the plugin that makes your site multilingual. It’s a critical function of your site. As is the case for WordPress itself, all plugins must always stay up-to-date to make sure that your site runs smoothly and is fast and secure.

A regular WPML Multilingual CMS account costs €99, with a yearly renewal payment of €74. If a developer has already built your site and used WPML, you can take charge of the renewal payments for only €39 per year.

In this way, renewals for your site don’t depend on anything. You can rest assured knowing that a major and critical part of your site is always updated and secure. You also have direct access to WPML support in case you need our help.

For more information on why it’s critical to keep renewing your account, read what happens if you don’t renew your WPML account.

Please note: your WPML end-user license will only be valid for the currently registered site. It is not possible to register new sites or generate new site keys.

If you need to register any additional sites, please purchase a full WPML license.

How to Assume Ownership of WPML Renewals

Your website developer can send you an invitation email to start paying for WPML renewals for your site.

An example of an email from your developer inviting you to take ownership of WPML on your site

Click on the payment link, and you’ll reach our checkout page.

The WPML checkout page

Once you’ve set up payment, you will get access to You don’t have to do much there, as WPML is already set up on your site.

From now on and for as long as your renewals go through, you will have access to WPML updates on your site. Your renewal date will be the date you took over the payments.

Didn’t Receive An Invitation Email Or Lost Contact With Your Site’s Developer?

You can also take ownership of your account renewal directly from your WordPress admin. Please note that you can only do this if your developer’s WPML license has expired. Otherwise, you will need to buy your own WPML license at the regular price.

First, you need to have WPML 4.3.7 or later running on your site. To check which version you’re using, log into your WordPress site and click Plugins in the main menu. Look for WPML Multilingual CMS.

An outdated version of the WPML plugin listed on the Plugins page

If the version is lower than 4.3.7, you need to do the following steps to get this version:

  1. Go to the PluginsAdd new page.
  2. Click the Commercial tab.
  3. Click on the Revalidate subscription button.
A button to revalidate your WPML subscription

This validates your account for the next two days. Now, you can update WPML to the latest version by going back to the Commercial tab on the PluginsAdd new page. There, select all of the WPML plugins that need to be updated.

Once the update is done you will see the following message:

A notice about using an expired WPML account

Click No to create a new account on, which will give you discounted renewals for your site. After creating your new account and refreshing your WordPress admin, the Commercial tab will look like this:

The Commercial tab after registering WPML

From now on, you have full control over WPML on your site. You can get important security updates and contact support.

Changing the URL Registered with WPML

Your developer should migrate any development or staging site to the production URL before transferring the site to you. If they do not, you can change the URL associated with the site key.

To do this:

  1. Log in to your WPML account. On the left side, you will see your URL and renewal date.
  2. Click the pencil icon next to the URL.
  3. Enter the correct URL and save.
Changing the URL registered with WPML

Please note: this does not generate a new site key; it only connects the existing site key to a new URL.

Using Automatic Translation with an End User Account

You have full access to WPML’s automatic translation feature with your account. This means:

  • You can purchase automatic translation credits
  • You can assign credits to your site
  • You can sign up for pay-as-you-go
  • You can translate your site’s content automatically.

If your developer left any automatic translation credits assigned to your site when they transferred the account to you, the credits transfer to you as well.

Unlike other WPML accounts, end-user accounts do not receive free automatic translation credits upon renewal.

Get Help

If you need any help with your WPML account, please contact our support team.