As the northern hemisphere slipped into the summer mood, June saw us busy as ever. In WPML, we had a great announcement for our clients, and our team attended WordCamp Europe in Porto.
In June, our development for WPML 4.6 continued with new milestones. We finished one of the major features for 4.6 which brings a fully redesigned translation jobs table. It will provide a better overview and more options and filters for the translators when viewing their queue of assigned jobs.
The team also worked on refactoring and enhancing the automated test that help us build and maintain a reliable product. We also improved the way WPML communicates with our Advanced Translation Editor to fix some edge cases where translations got stuck and weren’t sent back to the site.
Next, we continue working with the WPML 4.6 goals. This includes a completely new Language Switcher block for Gutenberg and big improvements to the process of bulk auto-translating content.
To help our clients get the best possible automatic translation at the lowest possible cost, we managed to reduce the price of the DeepL engine by 33%.
In our extensive testing of several engines, we concluded that DeepL is by far the best automatic translation solution today. Based on that, besides reducing its price, we made it the default engine for all new sites and added the functionality to set the formality.
For all the details about this, check out our announcement post about DeepL.
The biggest news in June was our announcement about what’s next for Toolset. In short, with the WordPress ecosystem changing rapidly, we decided to pause the development of big new features for the next 18 months.
This decision was necessary after WordPress started taking big steps towards its Full Site Editing, but without a clear roadmap of how far it plans to take it. In other words, we concluded that it doesn’t make sense to continue building features that might soon be made redundant by the very platform we are working on.
This is why we decided to take some time and see where WordPress takes Full Site Editing and what opportunities will then be left available for plugins like Toolset.
In the meantime, we are committed to actively maintaining Toolset. Our support team will work as before and we will release updates with bug fixes and compatibility improvements to make sure Toolset works with all upcoming WordPress releases.
June was a busy month for our marketing and compatibility efforts, fueled mainly by the 2022 edition of WordCamp Europe. A few members of our team attended the conference in Porto which provided a great opportunity to connect in-person with clients and various partners.
We managed to meet some of our friends from WP Rocket, Elementor, Hubspot, Visual Composer, Liquid Web, Thrive Themes, and many more! This resulted in some great initiatives which we will be pushing forward in the coming months.
In June, we started encouraging our caching plugin partners to improve compatibility with our updated WCML multi-currency features. WP Rocket already did some great work on this, and we are pleased to say that Powered Cache followed suit. You can read more about their integration here. You can also see that Powered Cache has been added to our table of recommended caching plugins.
The team at ElementsKit has been working hard to ensure that their page builder is fully compatible with WPML. You can read more about the results of their efforts here.
This month we also had many partners recommend WPML to their clients in different blog post round-ups:
Visit our Jobs page and contact us to learn more about working at OnTheGoSystems. We are a 100% remote working company and our employees are spread over 40 countries worldwide. We don’t mind where you work from, so long as you have great internet access and work well in a team but can also carry out tasks independently. So if you meet our requirements, please go ahead and apply.
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