Getting Started with WPML

Downloading WPML

  • Start by going to WPML and click “Buy and Download”.
  • Select the version that will work best for you and click “Buy Now”.

*Note WPML is a premium plugin so you will have to purchase it.

Uploading WPML

  • In your WordPress admin area go to Plugins > Add New.
  • Select “Upload File” then click “Choose File” and select your WPML file, then click “Install Now”.
  • Once the plugin is installed go ahead and activate it.

Setting up WPML

  • Set your current content language.

wpml current language settings

  • Select the languages you would like to use on your site.

Languages options wpml


  • Next, customize your language switchers. Choose where you would like them to display, how they will display, etc. You can also add custom CSS to change the color, background color and so forth.
    Customizing Language Switchers
  • Lastly, type in your site key and click “Register” (you should have received the site key upon purchasing WPML).

registering wpml

 Translating Your Site

Translating Pages and Posts:

  • Select either Pages or Posts in your admin area.
  • Click the blue plus sign to add a translation to that page/post.

Translating pages and post WPML

  • Title your page/post in the desired language.
  • Select the desired language of the page and choose whether or not you would like to copy the content from the original translation (this will translate the page content).

Page Language Settings

  • Once finished, publish the page.

String Translations

  • In your admin area go to WPML > String Translations.
  • Under each string select “translations” and add your desired translation.

String Translation WPML


**It is important to note that WPML gives you a multilingual site, the plugin itself does not translate your site. WPML allows you to have a  website with two languages, and completely control the look and feel of one language versus the other. To translate your site you will need to use a separate plugin. We recommend loco translate.