How to Translate WPForms Using TranslatePress

Translate WPForms

Translating WPForms is now easier than ever. Using TranslatePress, you can create bilingual or multilingual WordPress forms.

You’ll be able to translate WPForms (including all form fields and messages) directly from the front-end in just a few clicks using a visual translation interface. All this without the need to create separate forms, one for each language.

In this tutorial, we’ll focus on how to create multilingual WPForms forms of any type.
Whether it’s a simple contact form, user registration form, job application form, or survey form, you can follow the simple steps below to translate it.

Related: Form Translation: Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

Why Translate WPForms

If your business is aiming to reach an international audience, then building a multilingual website is the way to go. This, of course, implies you need to translate WordPress forms of different types.

By translating your forms, you have the potential to:

  • reach a wider, international audience
  • increase your form’s conversion rate
  • boost your revenue, if you’re collecting payments or donations via an order form

Below, we’ll show you how to set up and translate a form in as many languages as you want. This way, you’ll keep all your collected data (form submissions) in one place and not have to set up a different form for each language.

How to Translate WPForms

First, we’ll go ahead and create a new WordPress form. For the scope of this tutorial, we’ll create a simple contact form.

We’ll be using the WPForms plugin, as it’s one of the most popular form builders out there with its free version powering over 3 million websites. However, the translation steps that we’ll outline below will work with any form plugin including Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms, Ninja Forms, and more.

Creating a simple contact form with WPForms is really straightforward. After installing and activating the plugin, you’ll be prompted with an interface for creating your first form. Just enter a form name and select a template. There are a few pre-made templates from which we’ll select Simple Contact Form.

WPForms creating a simple contact form

This template already has a “First” and “Last Name” field, “Email” and “Message”. We’ll add one more called: “Contacting us about”, which will be a dropdown with a few options to select from.

translate WPForms forms from settings menu

Now, we’ll simply hit Save and close the form editor. Then create a new page called “Contact Us” or embed the form in an existing page.

translate WPForms forms popup embed or create page

This can be done by simply clicking the Embed button from the Editor or copy/pasting the form shortcode inside the page.

created forms in WPForms prepare for translate

Publish the page, and you’re done. Here’s how our newly created contact form looks on the front-end.

WPForms result in front end ready for translation

Next, we’ll proceed with installing and activating TranslatePress for translating the WPForms form.

We’ll use the free version of TranslatePress, available at, for this tutorial.

After installing and activating TranslatePress, you’ll notice a new Translate Site item added in the admin bar.

TranslatePress translate site button

Just hover over it and click Settings (or you can click the Settings menu item and select TranslatePress). This will take you to TranslatePress Settings.

Here, we can add the languages in which we want to translate the contact form.

English is our default language, and we’ll also add Spanish. There are a few other settings (like integration with Google Translate for automatic translation or customizing the language switcher), but we’ll skip them for now and click Save Changes.

TranslatePrerss settings menu add new language

We’re now ready to translate our WPForms form.

Translate Form Fields

To start translating your WPForm fields simply navigate to the page where the form is located and click the Translate Page button from the admin bar.

This will open up a front-end translation editor, where you can translate every string on a page and see the changes in real-time.

Gif how to translate forms using translatepress visual translation editor for free

As you notice, once you hover over a certain field, a pencil icon will appear, allowing you to translate it. This way, you can translate all form field labels and descriptions. We also translated the Submit button for our form the same way.

The option values for select, checkbox, radio, etc., are all found in the String list dropdown on the left. This contains all the strings found on that page.

In our case, we’ll select and translate all the options from our “Contacting us about” dropdown.

WPForms translating with string list feature instead of visual

After translating this as well, all our form fields have been translated.

Translate Form Validation and Success Messages

Now, the only thing left to translate are form messages. We need to translate both validation messages as well as the success message displayed after a successful form submission.

For validation messages, we’ll trigger the form submission by clicking the Submit button. Then, once the errors are displayed, we’ll click on them and add the Spanish translation.

How to translate hidden messages from WPForms using translatepress

The same goes for the success message. Fill in the form fields and submit a test message. Then, when you’re prompted with the success message, click and translate it.

Translating Success message from Forms using TranslatePress after submit

That’s it. Your contact form is now multilingual.


This sums up our tutorial on how to translate WPForms forms of any type. If you haven’t used TranslatePress yet, make sure to play with our demo and check out the complete list of premium features.

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10 thoughts on “How to Translate WPForms Using TranslatePress

  1. How do you send the customers language if your form is connected to mailchimp? I know WPML is able to send customer language to mailchimp.

  2. This is tutorial is great if you send everyone into one list. But how about if you want to send them to separate lists according to the language?

    I find it awesome that TranslatePress detects images so you can change them for each language if needed. But it would also be great if the same could be done with webforms. Is there a way to do this? Thanks!

  3. Hello, my forms work only in the original language, not when translated. How can I solve this? Thank you

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