Not only did it kill my website performance. Not only was it beyond complicated and buggy. It is also alleged to be a scam. They charged me 80 USD to translate five pages, they’ve sent an invoice for well over 250 pages (majority of which are inaccessible; the translations do not exist). The China-based company who may or may not still have my credit card on file (there is no clear explanation and no replies to my email) have no interest in after sales support or refunding or even understanding the problem. This stinks of a scam.
My website is now broken. Despite an incredibly fast, cloud hosted, premium server we now have hanging pages, 404’s all over the shop and a useless translation plugin called WPML did the damage.
Note carefully (I did not) the language on the credits page- a clever use of English implies the credits drop down to a fraction of a cent after the initial introductory credits are used. Note their refund policy. Note the 1 star ratings.
Note carefully the estimator only reads the current list of pages displayed / previewed (I think by default its 10 or so pages). You have to go digging to increase this number to show all pages, only then can you see the correctly estimated credits required.
Note the slow pace of feedback: one moment you’ve spent 25 credits. Return to your screen 30 minutes later: 150,000 are gone.
I feel so stupid as having previously (5+ years ago) I did trial this plugin and found it broke the site, it is incredibly badly written and not optimised in any way shape or form.
WPML is no better than a scam. You would do much better to create a spreadsheet of your content and take it direct to a language translation site or perhaps get someone to stick it through some AI. You can then import those back into another CMS. I cannot remember leaving a bad review on WordPress for anything, but you must be warmed WooCommerce Multilingual is a rip off and it is no wonder others have called it a scam.
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