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Using WPML with Product Import Export plugin for multilingual sites

Last updated on October 25, 2023

The Product Import Export Plugin for WooCommerce helps you easily import and export products and product reviews to your store. The plugin has been integrated with WPML and is now WPML compatible, making the plugin work effortlessly with multilingual WooCommerce websites. This article explains about:

  • WPML translations
  • Export WPML products
  • Import WPML products

To harness the power of both the plugins, you need to purchase both:

What you will need

Make sure you have the Product Import Export plugin with version 1.1.9 or above and a recent version of WPML (version or above)

Getting started and what to check

Are you setting up WPML yourself?
Then you need to follow the steps below.

  • Set up WPML from WPML -> Languages.
    Go through the WPML Getting Started Guide for a complete reference. The initial, simple three-step setup is self-explanatory, asking you to choose your default language, a set of active languages, and a language selector. (For starters, choose the footer language selector; you can change this later.)
  • Install and activate the core WPML plugins first, followed by other WPML plugins that may depend on them.
  • Install the Product Import Export Plugin for WooCommerce and activate it. You can refer to the plugin documentation on how to install and set up the plugin.

Translating your site with WPML

Translation Modes

WPML offers two different translation modes:

  • Translate Everything : While setting up WPML, you can choose to automatically translate all your site’s content. Refer to this WPML guide for more information.
  • Translate Some: This mode of translation gives you more control over what to translate. You can go with this option if you do not want to translate your whole site. To learn more about this option, refer to this WPML guide.

Translating content in pages, posts, and custom post types

All the pages, posts, and custom post type contents will be translated using the Translate Everything mode. However, if automatic translation has not happened for any smaller texts, widgets or form fields, you can use the String Translation module for translating them.
Refer to this guide to know everything about WPML string translation.

If you have opted for the Translate some mode, you will have to translate the pages using the WPML’s Advanced translation editor. To use the Advanced translation editor:

  1. Navigate to WPML> Settings.
  2. Select the Translation Editor as: Advanced Translation Editor.
    Choosing Advanced translation mode in Settings
  3. Now, let us try to translate the post content by clicking on Edit as shown.
    Editing post for Translation
  4. On this edit page, on the right-hand side, under the section: Translate this Document, click on the “+” icon of the language you want to edit. Here, we are translating the content to Italian.
    Translating the document
  5. In this Advanced translator editor window, click on the “+” icon to add translation. Click on Complete once you have added translations for all the content.
    Advanced translator editor

Refer to this guide to learn more about translating content using a WordPress editor or with WPML compatible page builders.

Translating general plugin texts, including widgets and smaller texts

Worried about how to translate texts that are not in posts, pages or taxonomies?
Here, we have the WPML String Translator! The string translator translates all the general plugin texts, widgets, tagline of the site and every smaller text.
To translate the texts using String translator:

  1. Navigate to WPML> String Translation.
    String translation in wpml
  2. To translate the strings manually, simply click on the ”+” icon under the flag of the language you want to translate.
  3. Fill up the translated content and click on Enter to save the translation.
    Translation content to Italian
  4. To send the strings for translation, select the content and language. Click on the Translate button.
    Translating content using WPML string translation

You can either assign the translation job to yourself or to a local translator using the Advanced Translation Editor. Also, you can send the job to be translated by a translation service.
For more detailed information, you can refer to this guide.

Translating WooCommerce elements using WooCommerce Multilingual

​​You can fully translate your online store with the WooCommerce Multilingual add-on of WPML. A detailed explanation of the entire translation process can be found here.

How to export WPML products with the import-export plugin

For exporting WPML multilingual WooCommerce Products,

  1. First, translate the products into the other language.
  2. Export the translated product using the WebToffee Product import export plugin. Refer to the article – Exporting WPML Multilingual WooCommerce Products for detailed instructions.

The below image shows an exported CSV with products translated into the German language.

Exported CSV of the German language
Exported CSV of the German language

How to import WPML products with the import-export plugin

With the Product Import Export Plugin for WooCommerce, multilingual products can be imported easily by following the below-mentioned steps:

  1. Prepare the CSV to be imported.
  2. Import products using our Import Export plugin. Refer to the article – Import Multilingual Products in a WooCommerce Store With WPML for detailed instructions.
Sample CSV for importing WPML products
Sample CSV for importing WPML products