When we talk about WPML (WordPress Multilingual Plugin) we are referring to this WordPress plugin responsible for transforming a monolingual website, or a blog, into a multilingual platform. Something that is so much needed lately. It is a very popular tool, as it allows the user to translate their domain content into more than 40 different languages, with the advantage that the SEO work is completely uncompromised. Besides the fact that it is characterized by its intuition and has several resources that facilitate the whole process of translation. With this plugin, one gets apart from a manual translation also an automatic translation, where both can be worked on in parallel, so that the user can make sure that a good job has been done with their content.
What is WPML used for?
For everyone, structuring a multilingual website can be a big challenge. However, the features of WPML must make the task much easier, this because they bring many functionalities to the tool in general. • Allows SEO optimization. • Its compatibility with the themes is high • Translate the texts of the subjects • Allows optimal management in terms of translation • The tool gives you access to a network of translators.
What is special about WPML?
The particularity of WPML lies in the fact that it facilitates the creation and even the operation of multilingual sites. It is a very powerful tool for business sites and yet quite simple for blogs.
The benefits of WPML
The main specificities offered by WPML are the following: • SEO allows you to optimize your website independently, language by language. In addition, it is compatible with the main WordPress SEO plugins. • Reliability is a key benefit. Indeed, we notice that the work behind it is done by professionals. Thus, it has constant collaborations with other leading plugins, this to ensure compatibility, moreover to provide updates with very good timing. • It has a 30-day trial period, during which they refund you if you are not satisfied with the plugin, and without giving any reason. • Installation and configuration is very simple, fast and also safe, without the need to have prior programming knowledge. • E-commerce. It is fully compatible with WooCommerce. • With an original configuration, it is possible to translate the entire website from the first moment and in a very simple way.
Cons of WPML
However, like any other plugin, it also has drawbacks: • The main drawback here is the price. Although originally it was a free plugin, but currently we have to choose a payment method. Despite this small cons, we are talking about a still affordable price, and especially since, with a single payment, we can use WPML in any WordPress website we have. • Another disadvantage is the additional table. Unlike what happens with other plugins, WPML creates additional tables in the database, which can sometimes slow down the backend, but it will never affect the frontend.
How to start using WPML?
To use WPML, you must start by ensuring that your site meets the minimum requirements of WPML. Next, install the main components of WPML: • WPML Multilingual CMS (the main plugin) • String Translation • Media Translation They are available on the Downloads page of your account.