Submitting & Retrieving Content

WordPress

This article is for Account Owners and Project Managers.

The Smartling WordPress connector allows you to translate WordPress content in Smartling. Translations are requested from within WordPress, and translated content is sent back to your environment.

The connector supports translation of posts, pages, categories, tags, theme widgets, and navigation menus.

Once you've installed and configured the WordPress Connector, you can begin submitting content for translation to Smartling.

Request Translations

The Smartling widget becomes functional when a post, page, category, tag, theme widget, or navigation menu is saved in WordPress.

  • For a Post or Page, the Smartling widget will appear on the right hand side of the WordPress page.
  • For a Category or Tag, the widget will appear at the bottom of the WordPress page.

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Translate Individual Content

To submit an individual piece of content:

  1. From within WordPress, click into the desired post, page, category, tag, theme widget, or navigation menu using the admin menu on the left hand side of the page.
  2. Select the languages you'd like the content translated to using the checkboxes in the Smartling widget.
  3. Click Upload.

After content has been submitted to Smartling, the Smartling widget will display a translation progress indicator for each language.

If the Smartling Connector has the Auto Authorize setting enabled, your content will be sent directly to your Translation Resources. If this setting is disabled, you'll need to authorize your content in the Smartling dashboard to send it to your Translation Resources.

Translate Content in Bulk

To submit multiple pieces of content at once, use the Bulk Submit feature:

  1. From within WordPress, click Smartling > Bulk Submit from the admin menu on the left hand side of the screen.
  2. Use the Type filter at the top of the page to navigate to your desired content type.
  3. Select individual pieces of content for translation using the checkbox next to each item, or click the checkbox at the top of the content table to select all items at once.
  4. From the Translate into field, select the languages for which you'd like to translate the content.
  5. Click Add to Upload Queue.

Your content will be sent to Smartling for translation. When using Bulk Submit, there may be a slight delay before content appears in Smartling.

If the Smartling connector has the Auto Authorize setting enabled, your content will be sent directly to your Translation Resources. If this setting is disabled, you'll need to authorize your content in the Smartling dashboard to send it to your Translation Resources.

Include Visual Context with your Translation Request

Visual context helps linguists get your translations right the first time - reducing translation cost and time to market. Use our Chrome Context plugin to capture and associate visual context with your translation requests after they've been submitted to Smartling.

Want to automate visual context capture? See our Context Tool Developer Guides.

Check Status of Translations

The Smartling Widget displays translation progress on the individual post, page, category, tag, theme widget, or navigation menu level in WordPress.

To monitor translation progress on all translation requests, use the Translation Progress tab in the Smartling connector:

  1. From within WordPress, click Smartling > Translation Progress from the admin menu on the left hand side of the screen.
  2. Use the filter at the top of the screen to find your translation requests.

Translation progress is displayed as a percent in the Progress column. The overall status of the translation request is listed in the Status column.

If your translation request shows a failed status, you can resubmit the request from the Translation Progress page. Use the Bulk Actions menu to resend translation requests if multiple submissions fail.

Download Translations

Automatic

The Smartling Connector can be configured to download translated content once it is complete on a schedule defined in your Wordpress configuration.

Manual

You can download translations manually from the Smartling Widget for any Post, Page, Category, Tag, Theme Widget, or Navigation Menu by clicking the Download button.

You can download translations manually in bulk from the Smartling Connector Translation Progress tab:

  1. From within Wordpress, click on Smartling > Translation Progress from the admin menu on the left hand side of the screen.
  2. Use the filter at the top of the screen to find your translation requests.
  3. Select individual pieces of content for translation using the checkbox next to each item, or click the checkbox at the top of the content table to select all items at once.
  4. From the Bulk Actions menu, select Enqueue for Download.
  5. Click Apply.

Bulk actions are executed by a scheduled task to prevent slowing down your Wordpress instance.

Publishing Translated Posts

The Smartling Connector can be configured to automatically publish translated content once it is returned to your Wordpress instance.

If this setting is disabled, you will need to manually publish your post, page, category, tag, theme widget, or navigation menu using the Publish widget once translations are complete to make the content available to your end users.

If you submitted an item for translation, but excluded it from translation within Smartling, it may appear in English on localized sites. This is because when a post is completely excluded, 0 of 0 strings are translated, and therefore 100% translation complete. If the "Publish completed translation" option in Expert settings is enabled, then the translations will be published on target sites. You should therefore, not exclude the content.

Handling Updates to WordPress Content

Autosubmit

The Smartling connector can be configured to automatically resubmit content to Smartling for translation whenever a change is detected in your source content.

Manual

If your resubmit mode is set to manual, you will need to resubmit Wordpress content as described above. Only the new Wordpress content from a post, page, category, tag, theme widget, or navigation menu will be authorized for translation in Smartling.

Lock a Translated Post

If you want to prevent a translated post from being affected by changes to the original post, you can lock the translation:

  1. Switch to the dashboard for your translated site by clicking on My Sites > Network Admin > Sites > [Your Translated Site].
  2. Navigate to your desired content, and check the Translation Locked checkbox in the Publish Widget.
  3. Click Update.

You can lock content in bulk using the Bulk Action menu in Smartling > Translation Progress.

Seeing unexpected connector behavior? Check your Wordpress connector configuration settings or download your connector logs and contact support@smartling.com.

 

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