MateCat is a free, professional translation platform. You can use MateCat to translate all your Wordpress content. You have three options: (a) translate the content yourself; (b) assign the translation to a professional translator; (c) get free machine translation from MyMemory.

Getting started with MateCat

To send files for translation to MateCat, you first have to log in 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 MateCat.
  • WPML String Translation: this plugin will enable you to translate interface strings.

If you do not have a wpml.org account yet, you can create a new one by simply choosing between our WPML Multilingual CMS or Multilingual CMS Lifetime plans.

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 MateCat’ services.

If you need any help with the WPML plugin configuration, you can go through our getting started guide or simply ask a question on our support forum.

Connecting your site to MateCat

Once all the required plugins have been installed and activated, all you need to connect WPML to the translation service is your MateCat API Keys.

Requesting a MateCat API Key

You can request a MateCat API Key by simply visiting the MateCat website and clicking the Get Support tab at the right side of the screen.

Alternatively, you can simply send an email to support@matecat.com and request your API KEYS.

Receiving your API Keys

After submitting your request, a member of the MateCat team will email you an API Key and API Secret Key. You will need these API Keys to connect with MateCat through WPML.

Activating and authenticating MateCat

Login to your WordPress website, visit the WPML->Translation Management admin page, and click on the Translation Services tab.

Translation Services Tab
Translation Services Tab

Scroll down to I’m looking for translation management systems and click the link.

Translation management systems link
Translation management systems link

 

Locate MateCat from the list and click Activate button to activate it.

Activating MateCat
Activating MateCat

 

Once the service is activated, click the Authenticate button. Here, you will need the API Keys obtained in the previous step.

Authenticating MateCat
Authenticating MateCat

A popup window will appear in which you can paste or enter your MateCat API Keys. After entering the values, click the Submit button.

MateCat authentication dialog window
MateCat authentication dialog window

 

After a few seconds, MateCat will display at the top as the authorized service.

 

MateCat is authorized
MateCat is authorized

 

Congratulations! Your MateCat account is now connected to your WordPress account.

Now, you are 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).

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.

Selecting items to send for translation
Selecting documents to send for translation

 

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 incorrectly added, and change the Batch name. The Batch name is visible on the Translation Jobs tab and will help you find projects. When you are ready, simply click the Send all items for translation button to send everything to MateCat.

Sending documents for translation
Sending documents for translation

 

When the translation basket’s contents have been successfully sent to MateCat, you will see a confirmation message, as shown in the following figure.

 

Basket contents successfully submitted to MateCat

 

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 you just sent to translation will appear.

Click on the Batch name to be redirected to MateCat’s Translation Portal.

Translation jobs in progress

 

Starting translations

After clicking on the batch name you’ll be redirected to MateCat’s Translation Portal. Log in with Google or, alternatively, enter your MateCat email and password to log in.

MateCat login

 

Once logged in, click the Manage button in the bottom right corner of your screen to access your project.

Managing projects

 

You will see a summary of the jobs (pages) sent and a short summary including languages, a word count link and an option to cancel the jobs. Click on the word count link to see the available translation options.

Jobs in MateCat

 

Next, select the translation option that best suits you:

  1. Copy the link and send it to your local translator or translate it yourself.
  2. Select a professional translation service. You will see a detailed project summary and a quote.

 

Selecting how to translate

 

Receiving completed translations

As soon as a translation job is finished by MateCat, it will be ready to be delivered to your website.

Having your completed translations delivered to your site

When translations are complete, you will receive a notification email from MateCat.

Go to the Translation jobs tab and click the Synchronize status button first.

Synchronizing completed jobs

 

Depending on your configuration, translations will be delivered automatically or can be manually fetched 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.

Select translation delivery method

 

  • The option labeled Translation Service will deliver translations automatically using the XML-RPC means that a translation will be delivered to your website automatically after you click the Synchronize status button.
  • 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 top of the page after clicking the Synchronize status button.

 

Fetching completed translations manually

 

Once the jobs are fetched, their status in the Translation jobs tab will be changed to “Complete.”

Jobs complete

 

Canceling translation jobs

Although you cannot cancel individual translations from WPML, you can delete an individual job or an entire project from MateCat by contacting your MateCat Project Manager.

NOTICE: Be aware that cancellation requests for previously submitted work should be sent as soon as possible, as MateCat cannot cancel translation work that has already been completed. Unless your commercial terms state otherwise, you will be charged for the work completed.

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 translations 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.

Checking for canceled jobs in manual translation pick up mode

 

When a project is canceled, it is removed from the Translation Jobs tab in WPML.


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