We have long recommended WPML as a great way to translate WordPress pages. Now, the WPML team have released a substantial update, allowing users to translate Elementor pages and posts in a much easier way than ever before.
WPML is one of the most popular translation plugins and has been around since 2009. In fact, it's one of the most popular commercial plugins as well, with over 400,000 WordPress sites using it to translate their content.
In its latest feature release, WPML has released a page builder addon, allowing users to translate the entire page they've made in Elementor, including all of its elements, from a single and convenient editor. You can read more about this, with step by step instructions, in WPML's release post.
How to Translate Widgets with WPML
It has now become extremely easy to translate pages with WPML, because you can freely add text to any text widget, and then translate it in the WPML editor. After you finish crafting the entire page, all the widget texts will automatically appear in WPML's Translation Editor.
- Step 1: Create your page. You can use any of the following widgets: Heading, Text Editor, Video, Button, Icon, Price List, Price Table, Flip Box, Slides, Image Box, Icon Box, Icon List, Counter, Progress Bar, Testimonial, Tabs, Accordion, Toggle, Alert, HTML & Form.
- Step 2: Go to the page dashboard and click on the plus icon next to Translate in the WPML box.
- Step 3: In the translation editor, add your translation to each of the widgets. be sure to check the box to indicate the translation is complete.
- Step 4: Once the translation for all the widgets is complete, the translation bar will show 100% complete. Now you can click on 'Save and close'.
You should now be sent back to the dashboard, with the page, including all widgets, translated with WPML.
Outsourcing the translation process
You can also outsource the translation of the Elementor page using WPML's translation management. After you add the page to the Translation Basket, you'll be able to choose the translator that the page will be sent to.
That translator will have access to the same translation editor described earlier. Once the translator finishes the job, the page will be available on the site.
Updating a translated page
After you update a page you have already translated, an update icon will appear in the WPML box in the dashboard of the page, notifying you the translation needs updating. Inside the translation editor, you will see the new heading text and will be able to add the proper translation to it.
Automatically translate Elementor links with WPML
Almost every Elementor widget contains links. Buttons, Icon box, Images, Tabs and so on... Now, when you add links to any of Elementor's widgets, WPML automatically updates the links in the translated versions to make them point to translated content.
WPML stated that they are working on adding the option to translate texts that come from image widgets, as well as other new features coming up.
According to Google Analytics from Elementor.com, approximately 56% of our audience are English speakers. Moreover, English speaking users should also consider creating multilingual sites, in order to reach a broader global audience.
These users can greatly benefit from WPML's latest update. We have gotten a lot of questions about creating multilingual websites with Elementor, so I am sure this updates will be appreciated. I'd like to thank the entire WPML team for significantly upgrading the process of translating Elementor content.
I think this update says something about the way in which page builders have recently become a crucial element in every WordPress website. We are happy to continue to lead the cause of making web design fun and intuitive in WordPress.
One final related note. If you speak a foreign language, this is a great chance to contribute to the Elementor project and add an online translation to our page builder.