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  1. Rogier Noort (@rogiernoort)
    Rogier Noort (@rogiernoort) February 24, 2013 at 10:28 | | Reply

    Very informative article… Exactly what I was looking for…

  2. Adriano
    Adriano April 2, 2013 at 23:09 | | Reply

    Congratulations, very nice article! You wrote as our support member, great points and valuable information.

  3. William Kane
    William Kane April 8, 2013 at 23:43 | | Reply

    Great Advert for WPML!!! The software is fairly good but has a few gaps for sure. Support is very very average. Don’t expect questions answered quickly – the average seems to be quick on initial questions then anything from 12-72 hours for followups.

  4. Tom Colvin
    Tom Colvin August 24, 2013 at 06:59 | | Reply

    One of the best introductions to a plug in that handles complicated tasks. Certainly takes some of the fear out of the process for me.

    However, I do worry about some things. My site uses a lot of plug ins, two of them essential, and both complex: All-in-One Calendar and Business-Directory. How do I check compatibility? Also I am using a brand new theme, Ant Magazine 1.1, released about 3 months ago. How do I check compatibility in advance of purchase of WPML?

    Also my blog/website is heavy on multi-media, using lots of embedded video and audio. Might that pose a problem for the translated page?


  5. Tim W
    Tim W October 25, 2013 at 14:32 | | Reply

    I agree with William – great product, but support is bad. I’m using it as standard with U Design theme which they claim on the site is fully compatible. It appears it is not. Support spent two days asking me questions which made me doubt their levels of competence. Then I got passed to the development team. I’ve been with their “compatibility” team for the last 48 hours and not a word from them apart from “thank you for your patience”. I’m now 4 days down the line with no answers and a weekend coming up.

    By the way the support for U Design theme was amazing – plenty of intelligent suggestions within hours (which is quicker than I would expect) but unfortunately didn’t solve the issue. They went well beyond which is completely at odds with the WPML folks.

  6. Julie Jackson
    Julie Jackson June 3, 2014 at 16:58 | | Reply

    Thanks for a really detailed review and instructions.
    Can I check that if I already have the content translated that it can be added easily?
    Would this be by using CAT or is this not necessary?
    Thanks again 🙂

  7. William Kane
    William Kane June 13, 2014 at 15:44 | | Reply

    Please state that this is a sponsored and paid review. Essentially an advert. If only WPML was as good as you state. Please see the thousands of support posts – most never resolved (but quietly buried).

    it’s a shame as many parts of it are great and it is the best WP plugin. It just seems that the testing phases simply aren’t adequate as on almost every new release they introduce site breaking bugs or even worse re-introduce existing bugs that were previously fixed. And they have publicly admitted this.

    I beg any decent software house at their to take up the challenge and build a better solution. Until then we’re stuck with WPML….

  8. John Justi
    John Justi September 16, 2014 at 12:57 | | Reply

    This seems to me that this article has been sponsered by wpml!
    If its supposed to be review then one should write both good and negative things about the Product!!
    WPML is not for those who has no knowledge of PHP. Atleast one should be familiar with the language inorder to solve many minor errors which comes with this plugins.The more you use WPML the more error or bugs you see down the line..
    I’ve been told to reinstall old version of wpml inorder to solve a bug. All the translation has been done. And when you think and feel everything is going fine a bug caused by WPML Plugins appears and your day is gone solving this problem.

    If you have time and nerve to use multilanguage site( specially WebShop) with this plugins then go ahead.But mind you, if you want to have a professional look for your site then stay away from this plugin because sooner or later out of nothing you will see error coming. the latest error which i got and which seems to be very common is as follows:-
    Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 805306368 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 32 bytes) in /test/wp-content/plugins/sitepress-multilingual-cms/lib/xml2array.php on line 15

  9. Laurent Sabbah (@laurent_sabbah)

    Hi Jean! Just noticed your last comment here, I actually do know a better plugin for multilingual WordPress sites 🙂

    Bablic.com is a startup I’m a part of, and we recently launched our WordPress plugin. The beauty of Bablic, compared to WPML, is that you don’t have to create additional pages, menus and so on!

    You just enter your WordPress URL on our homepage at Bablic.com – choose from machine or human translation to start. You can then, right from our user-friendly editor, right-click on any element on your site to manually edit it. That includes text, images and even CSS.

    It really is a unique solution.

    Try it out, I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂


  10. Jameela Tey
    Jameela Tey January 16, 2016 at 02:30 | | Reply

    I have been using the WPML plugin for some time… what was to follow was a nightmare… we ran the plugin for a 2nd language for quite some time… and then figured that the plugin was quite a resource hog – as measured by: P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler). We saw that 70% of the resources consumed on our website were by this Plugin. And that by removing WPML we could speed up response time of our website by up to 50%.

    So we decided to uninstall the plugin and run the 2nd language manually. What was to follow was and still is an ongoing nightmare.

    WPML the plugin from hell, will modify the database irreversibly. So that after uninstalling the plugin the database is compromised.

    The result is that permalinks on the website are wrong. We had countless conversations with WPML support and they could not provide a solution. So we have now programmer working on this manually changing links in the site… back to what they are supposed to be.

    All hell broke loose when we upgraded from WP version 4.3 to 4.4 – that is when the links in the site got screwed up.

    And we have to pay dearly for this reparation of the site. Our programmer is still working on getting rid of the damage that WPML did to our website.

    So be very careful betting your site on the WPML plugin. For us it turned out to be a huge mistake.
    And we had to learn that their support sucks greatly.

  11. Amir Helzer
    Amir Helzer January 18, 2016 at 10:03 | | Reply

    WPML does not modify URLs in the site, except (of course) adding language information to them. Depending on how you configured WPML, you can arrange languages in domains, directories or with a language argument. Besides adding language information, URLs in your site should not change.

    Before we release any version of WPML, we do a complete functional test, as well as performance measurements. WPML allows to translate everything in the site. This means, also translating texts that come from other plugins and from the theme. Therefor, performance also depends on the other plugins active in your site and your theme.

    WordPress updates normally require updates to the plugins and theme in your site. Before you update WordPress, you should check that all plugins are compatible with new versions. If you are running an older version of WPML, you may see errors when updating to a newer WordPress version. The reason is, at the time that version of WPML was released, the new features in WordPress did not exist yet. WPML is always compatible with the newest versions of WordPress, ahead of their release.

    If you want me to look at specific support threads, please paste their links here.

  12. Crear Página Web | WebArt.es
    Crear Página Web | WebArt.es May 27, 2016 at 17:07 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,

    I am a staunch defender of WordPress almost since its inception and I think WPML was wonderful when it was a free plugin ;))

    Over time, it seems that wordpress has put aside the option of creating web pages with different languages with no additional cost (free)

    Do you know if someday it will be implemented in the source code of WordPress the ‘translation process’ to various languages as already makes in others CMS?

    Thanks in advance.

    Greetings from Barcelona!!

  13. Paul
    Paul May 11, 2018 at 06:38 | | Reply

    This is by far the WORST translation plugin to exist. For a very long time it was the only one with many options. Not anymore.

    It is FULL OF BUGS. There are issues with every site being built. tickets have to be opened all the time to get simple things to work.

    I have never set up a full website with WPML without having to open a ticket. Not once. And support? By far the worst out there. I’m really hoping that with their new pricing structure, some money will be put into the quality of code and support.

    After at least 3 years of giving them a chance, it is time to move on for me.

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