How to Import Multilingual Content from qTranslate to WPML

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Multilanguage plugin providers WPML have just released a very handy tool for those of you who are running multi language sites and want to switch from qTranslate to WPML. Check out the details here.
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WPML have just released a very handy tool for those of you who are running multi-language sites and want to switch from qTranslate to WPML.

You can check out our post about the best multilingual plugins for WordPress if you’re still deciding which plugin to go for, however many of you have reported that they are really impressed with WPML and the advancements this plugin is making. At this point, it is safe to say that it is the leading WordPress multilanguage plugin available, and I use it whenever I need to develop a multilanguage site.

Anyhow, the qTranslate to WPML export plugin is available right now from the WordPress repository:

Here are the plugin details that the guys from WPML are providing:

In its cleanup mode, it will remove all those qTranslate language meta tags from your content. If you’ve ever experimented with qTranslate, you might have noticed that the site’s content becomes irreversibly corrupt with language meta tags (without qTranslate, these are HTML comments).

You can use the qTranslate Importer to just cleanup the database. Activate it and use without WPML and you’ll get to the cleanup mode.

The WPML import mode will convert the content from qTranslate to WPML. It processes pages, posts, tags, categories, custom fields and all custom posts and taxonomy types. Instead of having different languages mixed in the database, each language will go to its own separate location (post, taxonomy or meta).

The plugin also adjusts all internal and incoming links to the new URLs, fixes the page hierarchy and more.

When you’re trying this conversion, please keep some basics in mind:

  • Don’t run this on live sites. Download a development version of the site and work on this locally.
  • Go over the results and review them. You’ll most likely find some things that the conversion script didn’t manage to handle. Check your content and the WordPress setting screens.
  • Learn how to use WPML’s String Translation. You’ll most certainly need this to translate non-post items.

To get started, we recommend that you review the qTranslate to WPML importer guide.

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Jean Galea

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One Response

  1. Hello, I did everything like in the post ? everything ok except woocommerce product pages? they were not imported. Is there any suggestion?


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