WPML vs Polylang, Best WordPress Translation Plugin

WPML vs Polylang, best WordPress translation plugin

*** IMPORTANT 6.6.2019 UPDATE***

Due to the rising complaints, I’m getting from users, in addition to a follow up I’ve been trying to make. I sadly inform you that something is wrong with the WPML customer services. Reports are coming in that user support tickets and emails go answered for weeks. Moreover, I personally tried to get a hold of them,  my third email got a response.

However, I failed to get any kind of response after that.

I’m always transparent, and I cannot recommend WPML at this time, if you buy it, do it with your own risk. You can get Polylang or even better, read about the next gen translation plugin here: Weglot Review.

Welcome to the battle of the ages, wpml vs polylang for WordPress multiple language support and translation. So, you find yourself in need of a multilingual website, no idea on how to do it? what to use? worry no more, in this post we are going to cover the battle between WPML vs POLYLANG for the title of the best WordPress translation plugin.
I’m sure if you reading this you’ve come across the dilemma, what to use to translate your WordPress site? In the following article, we are going to cover what are in my opinion the best WordPress translation plugins. But from one of them, only one will be crowned victor. Pay a close attention from this point forward, we are going to cover the general use of those plugins, advantages, disadvantages, key features, system load on our website and a lot more!

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WordPress Translation

Before we dive into the battle, let’s have a quick rundown of translations in WordPress environments:
How Can We Translate A WordPress Site?


These are the most common ways of translation in WordPress. This article is going to cover WordPress translation with the use of a plugin. These plugins work in a similar manner, they create duplicate content for the same subject under different language tags. the preferred language loads by the user’s selection and WordPress responds accordingly with the translated content displayed specifically to the user’s request.

WPML vs Polylang

So, Who is the best WordPress translation plugin? without further delay, let’s begin the battle, starting with WPML.


WPML stands for – WordPress Multilingual. It is a paid plugin, comes with 3 different versions which support specific content translations. Meaning, WPML includes a core plugin and several add-on modules to help us handle translation to other sections of the site(plugins/themes etc). WPML makes it easy to run a multilingual website with a single WordPress installation. Work with a big pool of languages, to be specific, WPML comes with over 40 languages.
This frees you from the hassle of editing PO files and uploading MO files. You can translate texts in other plugins and in Admin screens directly from the plugins  String Translation interface.
WPML Plans consists of 3 packages which are priced differently and offer limited to full plugin features. As I said this manifests in the content types and site sections we will want to translate using WPML.

Multilingual Blog

29$, Renewal At 15$ A year.
Provides Translation Support For:
posts, pages and custom types, tags, categories and custom taxonomy, WordPress menus, Standard translation controls, Browser language detection.
This is the cheapest and standard version.

Multilingual CMS

79$, Renewal At 39$ A year.
This is the middle package and by far the most sold one. CMS Package extends translation functionality greatly than the basic version. Furthermore, it allows of a Woocommerce based website translation.
Key Features added in this version on top of the basic features Are:
custom fields translation, Multilingual E-Commerce Support, admin menus, widgets.

MultilingualCMS Lifetime

195$, No Renewal.
This is the lifetime package, meaning, you pay once and got it for life 🙂 there are talks the guys at WPML are going to discontinue this package. SO if you’re interested in a lifetime license you better hurry. The only difference between this package and the middle one that is priced at 79$ is that the Lifetime Package comes with renewal.

For the full list of features and more information, please visit WPML’s official site at this link: WPML.

WPML Pros:

  • Easy learning and use curve.
  • Frequent updates and bug fixes
  • Amazing support and a big forum for questions.
  • Integrated with most premium themes and plugins.
  • Works with WORDPRESS MULTI-SITE networks.
  • The Basic version is dirty cheap for what it enables and provides.
  • Offers a lifetime version license, Perfect for us developers.
  • RTL Support.

WPML Cons:

  • Paid Plugin.
  • A bit heavier for larger sites and networks (caching provides a viable-partial solution for this ).
  • Large database usage.
  • Slow and “kills” cheap, unstable and poor servers.
  • Can appear overwhelming & complex for first timers.


Polylnag is an entirely free plugin with the same purpose as WPML. Polylang is a lighter, smaller plugin and lacks a few of the features that WPML provides.
With Polylang, you can translate posts, pages, media, categories, tags in addition to that it can also translate custom post types, custom taxonomies, widgets, navigation menus as well as URLs.
Polylang comes in one free release version, let’s go ahead and cover its Pros & Cons:

Polylang Pros:

  • Batter Performance – Faster and lighter than WPML.
  • RTL Support
  • Free

Polylang Cons:

  • Does not provide the functionality that WPML does.
  • Lacks integration with premium themes and plugins
  • limited support and answers online.
  • Needs a premium paid plugin in order to integrate e-commerce.
  • even with the paid add-on plugin – badly suited for the translation of e-commerce platforms.

Comparison Table Found Here

Conclusion & my choice


well done to those of you who made it until the end, I hope my summary of the subject  WPML vs Polylang made things a bit clearer for you and presented key points for deciding what to use.
I can tell you that I personally used all of the major  Translation plugins for WordPress: WPLS, Polylang, Loco Translate and more.
After my experience with translating WordPress websites ive came to a personal favorite, WPML. Nowadays I only use WPML for multilingual WP websites.
I will finish by saying, In my opinion, the Best WordPress Translation Plugin is indeed WPML. You are free to make your own choice 🙂

WPML vs Polylang

2 Replies to “WPML vs Polylang, Best WordPress Translation Plugin”

  • Avalon says:

    Have you any economic interest to promote WPML?

    • Ishay says:

      Hi Avalon. In short Yes, I am a partner to WPML.
      However, I do try to present all sides in an equal manner. I just add my own experience and opinion. When you are a Web Developer, you find yourself being asked constantly by customers: Should I get this plugin? should I install that one? and more questions of this sort. I offer my experience and honest opinion. In my line of work, I only work with Plugins I trust. Thus I can even partner up with them to provide my users with discounts and promo deals. I partnered with them because I strongly believe in their product. Nevertheless, all linking Is existent and if a user wants to make a different choice, he can. I just save you all the hustle and give you the top of each field, the economic gain from this is insignificant at all. soo, even tho I can make a small buck, it’s not why I do this:)

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