Getting started with Lilt
To send files for translation to Lilt, you first have to login to your wpml.org account, and download and install the following plugins on your website:
- WPML Multilingual CMS: the core plugin.
- WPML Translation Management: this plugin will allow you to connect to Lilt.
- WPML String Translation: this plugin will enable you to translate interface strings.
As soon as you get access to your wpml.org account, you may refer to our detailed step-by-step guide on how to download and install WPML. Please remember to register your site to receive automatic updates and gain access to Lilt’s services.
Connecting your website to Lilt
Once all the required plugins have been installed and activated, all you need to connect WPML to the translation service are your Lilt Connection key and Connection url.
Requesting a Lilt account
You can request a Lilt account by simply visiting the Lilt website and clicking the “Request a demo” button.
Fill in the registration form.
Receiving your Lilt Credentials
After submitting your request, Lilt will email you information on how to complete your registration and retrieve your credentials. You will need an API Key to connect with Lilt through WPML.
Activating and authenticating Lilt
Login to your WordPress website, visit the WPML->Translation Management admin page, and click on the Translation Services tab.
Scroll down to I’m looking for translation management systems and click the link.
Locate Lilt and click Activate button.
Once the service is activated, click the Authenticate button. Here, you will need the API Key obtained in the previous step.
A popup window will appear in which you can paste or enter your Lilt API Key. After entering the values, click the Submit button.
Congratulations! Your translation provider’s Lilt Server is now connected to your WordPress account. You are now ready to send content for translation.
Sending your content for translation
To send pages for translation, go to the Translation Management module (WPML->Translation Management).
Select the pages you want to translate by clicking the checkboxes in the first column. Next, select the target languages by checking the boxes, and click the Add selected content to translation basket button.
Go to Translation Management and click on the blinking tab at the top of the page, which is called Translation Basket. On this tab, you will see a list of all the pages (jobs) that you added to the basket, as well as the languages these items are to be translated into.
Here, you can verify the content you wish to translate, remove pages you accidentally added, and change the Batch name. The Batch name is visible on the Translation Jobs tab and will help you find projects. Think of a batch as the technical scope of a purchase order. You can refer to the batch names when communicating with your translation provider, which they will also see. When you are ready, simply click the Send all items for translation button to send everything to Lilt.
When the translation basket’s contents have been successfully sent to Lilt, you will see a confirmation message, as shown in the following figure.
At this point, no further action is required from you.
Qualified Lilt translators with the matching language pair skills will be notified of the new translation projects. Subsequently, translators will start translating as soon as they accept a translation job.
You can follow the translation progress of the documents you sent to Lilt from your Translation jobs tab.
Click on the Translation Jobs link in the confirmation message or click on the Translation Jobs tab at the top of the screen. On the next administration screen, the Batch that you just sent to translation will appear.
If you prefer, you may also follow the translation progress of the documents you sent from inside your Lilt Client Portal. Click on the batch name to be redirected to Lilt’s Client Portal
After clicking on the batch name, you’ll be redirected to Lilt client portal to log in.
Once logged in, you will be redirected to your “Projects” page.
NOTE: Lilt groups the documents you sent in a Translation Batch by language.
Checking for completed translations
Check for completed jobs by visiting Translation Jobs inside your WordPress admin -> WPML -> Translation Management.
Locate the batch you want to check and click on the Synchronize status button.
Having your completed translations delivered to your site
Depending on your configuration, translations either will be delivered automatically or can be fetched manually from your WordPress admin panel after you click the Synchronize status button.
To check your configuration settings, open WPML->Translation Management and click on the Multilingual Content Setup tab. Find the Translation Pickup mode section and check the selected option.
- The option labeled Translation Service will deliver translations automatically using XML-RPC means that a translation will be delivered to your website automatically after you click the Synchronize status
- The option labeled The site will fetch translations manually means that completed translations can be downloaded from the Translations Dashboard (WPML->Translation Management) by using the Check status and get translations button at the bottom of the page after clicking the Synchronize status
Once the jobs are fetched, their status in the Translation jobs tab will be changed to “Complete.”
Canceling translation jobs
Although you cannot cancel individual translations from WPML, you can delete a single job or an entire project from your the Projects page on the Litle Client Portal.
When a project or a job is deleted, you can synchronize what appears under WPML’s Translation Jobs tab by clicking on the Synchronize status button.
Having your canceled translations returned to your site
When a project is canceled, information will be returned to your site after you have manually checked for canceled translations. First, click the Synchronize status button and after a few seconds/minutes (depending on the amount of content) click the Check status and get translations button on the Translation Management Dashboard.
When a project is canceled, it is removed from the Translation Jobs tab in WPML.
How do I know when my translations are complete?
You will receive a notification email from Lilt. Go to the Translation Jobs tab and click the Synchronize status button next to the batch you want to fetch.
This will trigger a synchronization with Lilt servers and the jobs will be ready to download. Next, just follow the steps outlined under the section Checking for completed translations in the guide above