If you’ve used WordPress for e-commerce, you’ve probably heard of WordPress Multilingual Plugin. It’s one of the most powerful weapons of the e-commerce world and one of the most popular plugins for WordPress.

What is WPML

WPML (WordPress Multilingual Plugin) is a WordPress plugin created and developed by OnTheGoSystems Limited. Its main intention is to appear on small to medium size web pages  using WordPress. The first version was launched in 2007 and is now being used in more than 600,000 online sites.

WPML allows authors to write content in many different languages and translate it. Moreover, it also provides advanced features for translation management and an interface for professional content translation.

Most importantly, no technical or programming skills are required when using WPML. Site admins can install it and turn their site multilingual without any coding. WPML includes a complete API for integrating with other plugins and translation systems. So that, developers can easily use WPML to turn their content into multilingual.

What are WPML features

Do you know that around 1 million sites is running WPML and this number continues to increase? To get such an impressive number of users, WPML offers many significant features which help store owners easily manage their stores and boost sales. However, WPML is also a paid plugin with the prices start from $29, after taking a look at WPML features, it is definitely worth every single cent. So here are they:

  • One WordPress Installation – Multiple Languages
  • Powerful Translation Management
  • Multilingual E-Commerce
  • Translation for Theme and Plugin Texts
  • Affordable Professional Translation
  • Works with Most WordPress Themes
  • Reliable Support and Proactive Development

How to create a WPML

Imagine that you have a Magento source store whose language is bilingual, which are English and Deutsch. You are planning to move your data to WordPress, however this platform doesn’t support multi-language store. In this case, you first need to install a plugin that enables the multilingual mode on your WordPress store. WPML certainly is the most optimal choice for you.

Please follow 2 steps below to create a WPML:

  • Step 1: Install WPML on your WordPress website

First of all, you need to choose WordPress as your Target Platform then purchase, install and activate the WPML plugin on your WordPress website.

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Download WPML
  • Step 2: Set up WPML plugin in WooCommerce store

Upon activation WPML plugin, access to WPML to set up WPML. Here you need to choose the current content language which means the language existing contents are written in. For example: English.

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Setup WordPress Multilingual Plugin

On the next screen, you will be asked to select the languages you want to enable on your site. Simply select the languages from the list that you want to add to your site.

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Select the languages

Next step, go to the Language switcher options, in this part you need to drag and drop the languages to change their order. Don’t forget to choose Skip language in the section How to handle languages without translation.

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Setup in the Language Switcher section

Move to Compatibility tab, click send theme and plugins information so that you can get faster support, quickly contact the support agents in advance about compatibility problems and get their solutions in time.

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Setup in the Compatibility section

Finally, in the Site Languages option, you need to choose the available languages for your site and don’t remember to choose the default language. Furthermore, choose Language name added as a parameter to determine which language visitors can see content in.

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Setup site languages and language URL in the Registration section

After successful activation of WPML, to easily use WPML and smoothly translate Elementor, Gravity Forms, Visual Composer, WooCommerce and Yoast SEO, you need to have the following plugins installed and activated:

  • GravityForms Multilingual
  • Yoast SEO Multilingual
  • WPML String Translation 2.8 or above
  • WPML Translation Management 2.6 or above
  • WooCommerce Multilingual

Or if you want to use different media (images) for different translations of a product, you need to install WPML Media.

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All the WPML components need installing

How to migrate to WPML

If you want your WooCommerce store to display your products, prices, attributes in languages corresponding with the original languages in your old store, after creating WPML successfully, you should migrate all your data to this plugin.

Now, I will show you how to migrate to WPML plugin step-by-step. Most importantly, LitExtension has made default code to migrate multilingual site from one source cart to WooCommerce which uses WPML plugin. Therefore, you don’t need to pay any extra fee to custom data.

Step 1: Register an account or Sign In on LitExtension website.

Step 2: Click “Create New Migration” at the top right button on the screen.

Step 3: Enter Source Store Information and Target Store Information.

         3.1. Enter Magento Store Information

Select Source Cart Type as Magento and provide source store’s URL into the blank bar.

Then, click LitExtension Connector to download the connector, extract the zip file and upload connector to Source Store’s root folder.

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Source cart setup

        3.2. Enter WooCommerce Store Information

Select Target Cart Type as WooCommerce and provide source store’s URL into the blank bar.

Then, click LitExtension Connector to download the connector, extract the zip file and upload connector to Target Store’s root folder.

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Target cart setup

Step 4: Select Entities You Want To Migrate

Choose entities you want to migrate. You can select either all of them together or certain data. 

LitExtension also provides Additional Options here to extend your migration possibilities.

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Select entities and additional options

You can see that languages (Deutsch and English) will be matched together to be displayed correspondingly in the new store, activated and run by WPML plugin.

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Complete the Language Mapping section and Order Status Mapping section

Step 5: Perform Migration from Magento to WooCommerce

  • To Try Demo: Start your demo migration with limited number of entities. You will see the same actions as the actual migration. However you can skip this step by clicking “Skip Demo Migration” button to immediately move forward to Full Migration.
  • To Perform Full Migration: Please click on “Skip Demo Migration” button to perform full migration immediately. Once the migration is started, it will run seamlessly on the server. Therefore, there’s no need to keep your PC on while the data is being transferred. It is completely safe to turn it off! Take a break, have a cup of coffee and you’ll receive notification via email when the process is completed.

For more details, this tutorial video will show you how to migrate multilingual website to WordPress using WordPress Multilingual Plugin (WPML) step-by-step.

Conclusion

That’s all, WPML is the top-notch plugin of WordPress that customers can trust to go with. After this article, you’ll definitely understand WPML, its features and how to migrate to WPML step-by-step by using LitExtension tool. If migrating data to WPML Plugin might be a complex process for you, you should rely on the help of website migration experts to make sure everything will go smoothly. And LitExtension can do it!

You can try our Free Demo in advance to ensure it works up to your expectation.

Don’t hesitate to leave us a message via live chat on website or an email via contact@litextension.com for any question you may have.

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