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- Getting Started
- Translating Your Forms
- Creating the Default Language Contact Form
- Translating the Contact Form
- Inserting the Block Into the Content
- Translating Content With Embedded Forms
- Getting Help – WPML Support Forum
Start by installing and activating the following plugins:
- Contact Form 7 plugin
- Contact Form 7 Multilingual plugin
- WPML core plugin and WPML String Translation add-on
If you’re new to WPML, check out our Getting Started Guide. It quickly walks you through different translation options you can use.
Translating Your Forms
To translate your forms, use the following steps:
1. Creating the Default Language Contact Form
To create your form, go to Contact → Add New. When completed, you will get a shortcode for your contact form. Copy it to insert it later into your contact page.
If a field in your form has a placeholder text, you won’t be able to translate it by default. To make it translatable, add an equals (=) sign between the placeholder attribute name and its value.
Here is an example of the field’s tag that Contact From 7 generates which includes the placeholder text:
[text* your-name placeholder "Your name here"]
To be able to translate the placeholder text, alter the field’s tag in the default language form to be:
[text* your-name placeholder="Your name here"]
2. Translating the Contact Form
Now, it’s time to translate the form and WPML provides you with different ways of doing that.
Translating the Form Automatically
If you use the Translate Some mode, you can use Translation Management to automatically translate your contact forms. Simply go to WPML → Translation Management, find and select your form, and click to translate it.
Send the Form to be Translated by Others
Go to WPML → Translation Management to send all types of content, including contact forms, for translation.
You can send any content, including forms, to be translated by your own translators, or by one of many professional translation services integrated with WPML.
You can find detailed instructions on how to do this in our guide about using WPML’s translation management.
Translate the Form Yourself
Alternatively, you can translate the form yourself. To do this, edit the form and in the Language box, click the plus icon corresponding to the language you want to translate your form into.
This takes you to WPML’s Advanced Translation Editor (ATE) screen and you can translate the form texts.
Translating Select, Radio, and Checkboxes Fields
The steps to translate fields with multiple options are slightly different. This includes fields such as dropdown menus, select fields, radio buttons, and checkboxes.
Start by opening the form for translation using the Advanced Translation Editor, as described above. Then, use the following steps to translate fields with multiple options:
- Search for the value of the option that you want to translate.
- Enter the translation.
- Save the translation.
Repeat these steps for all values coming from multiple options fields in the form.
3. Inserting the Block Into the Content
Now you need to insert your form into a post, page, or widget in the default language. To do this, simply insert the Contact Form 7 block and select your form using a dropdown.
4. Translating Content With Embedded Forms
Finally, you need to translate the pages, posts, or widgets that hold the forms. Just like translating the forms, you can send these to be translated by others, or you can do it manually yourself.
To translate it yourself, edit the post or a page and use the Language box to translate or duplicate it.
Make sure to translate only the texts. Do not change anything within the shortcode. WPML will automatically display the form in the correct language.
There are no known compatibility issues between this plugin and WPML.