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Optimal Way To Add Another Language To Site
Posted 06 May 2005 - 04:46 AM
I remember seing similar discussion on highrankings but after having spent a good half hour I gave up trying to find it. So I apologize if this is redundant:
After two years or so I have finally decided to add the english version to one of my sites. So, I'm trying to figure out whether I should put it into a subfolder (i.e. www.mysite.com/en/) or set up a different subdomain (i.e. www.english.mysite.com).
Could I hear some pros and cons so as to make an 'educated' choice.
Posted 06 May 2005 - 08:14 AM
Posted 06 May 2005 - 08:22 AM
So if I set up a subdomain, I would face the 'sandbox' issue? ...and would have to get it re-approved for adsense (the truth comes out )
So are there any downsides of using a subfolder or is it the ultimate best?
As far as a link back to the homepage, I'm actually planning each page to have a link to the same exact page (including the whole URI) in the other language. So say, you'd make a search in one language, then realize that you don't understand a word, click on the other language symbol and voila I thought it'd be a neat feature in terms of usability.
Posted 06 May 2005 - 08:39 AM
Sandbox: without wanting to start another 'does the sandbox work and what is it' thread, it appears that subdomains are a halfway house that leans more towards it being part of an existing domain, (although being treated as a different domain for other reasons).
Adsense: YOU are approved, not your sites, so once you have the account all is well to place wherever you wish.
Links: Yes having a 'view in english' link is good, plus I would have a link back to the both indexes in both languages as this will help the search engines and the users.
Posted 06 May 2005 - 01:23 PM
Hence, I think the larger sites are converging toward:
http://www.domain.name/en/ for English
http://www.domain.name/fr/ for French (Francais)
http://www.domain.name/gr/ for Greek
http://www.domain.name/es/ for Spanish (Espanol)
http://www.domain.name/fi/ for Finnish
There must be a table of standard language abbreviations somewhere on the Web. I have see all of these kinds of secondary content sections. I think another one is dk (Danish? Deutsch?).
For all I know, they are mostly using top-level domain country codes, although "en" is not used for either the United States (.us) or the United Kingdom (.uk).
Posted 06 May 2005 - 01:32 PM
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Posted 17 May 2005 - 10:10 PM
Just a note, the partners won't accept a solution using parameters (like www.mysite.com/jp?partner=msn) for branding reasons.
thanks for any advice you can give,
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