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Why Test with the Lionbridge Test Service

You connect the Lionbridge Connector for WPML ("Connector") to the Lionbridge Test Service to verify that you can successfully send translation jobs from your WordPress website to Lionbridge and receive the translated content back in your WordPress website. This testing phase may last for several days, or longer, depending on the issues you encounter.

Important: The Lionbridge Test Service does not actually provide production-level translation of your content. Instead, it returns test content, which is either machine-translated content or pseudo translation. This is a translation substitute that indicates which content will be translated. In pseudo-translated content, the English (source) strings are replaced by values such as Xxxxx instead of by translated content.

Your tests should verify the following two components of the translation-management lifecycle:

  • The Connector sends all required source strings and content to Lionbridge for translation.

When the Connector sends content for translation to the Lionbridge Test Service, the test service returns test content. This enables you to efficiently validate that your English content is being presented correctly for translation. Strings for translation may sometimes reside in other WPML components or in other installed WordPress plugins. If some strings are not sent for translation, you may need to open a support ticket with WPML Support for troubleshooting. You can verify that your other installed WordPress plugins are compatible with WPML at: https://wpml.org/documentation/plugins-compatibility/.

  • The Connector retrieves all translated content from Lionbridge.

You configure WPML to automatically retrieve translated content from Lionbridge. When the translations are completed in Lionbridge, a WPML server retrieves the translated content. The Connector then retrieves this content from the WPML server, and returns it to your WordPress website.

For detailed instructions, see Configuring WPML to Retrieve All Translated Content.

Note:  If your environment retrieves this content manually but does not do so automatically, you may need to open a support ticket with WPML Support for troubleshooting.

To get started testing, complete the following steps:
  1. Configuring WPML to Retrieve All Translated Content.
  2. Obtaining an Account and Connecting to the Lionbridge Test Service.
  3. Removing the Test Content.
  4. Connecting to the Lionbridge Production Service.