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#1 tomsk

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 01:59 PM

Can anyone recommend an effect way to add multiple languages to a website - there appears to some scripts available.

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#2 Randy

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 03:54 PM

I'm not sure what you're referring to when you say some scripts are available tomsk. But you do not some sort of automated thing where a script or other non-person is performing the translation if that's what you're asking. Automation when you're talking about language translation leads to all sorts of really, really bad places. You need a real person to do the translation.

As far as the best way to do it, simply hire someone who is reasonably fluent the core language of your site (probably English) and the language(s) you want to translate thing into. Have them translate the text of all of your current pages. If you have a fairly major university near you those are great places to hire translators on the cheap. Lots of students from foreign countries and students can always use some extra cash. Most universities already have lists of people who can do this sort of thing for you. If you can afford it, it's not a bad idea to pay one person to translate it and a second, totally unrelated person to proof the translation, just to be safe.

Then once you've got the translated pages simply drop them in a subdirectory folder on your site (eg something like www.yourdomain.com/de for German) and place some little links at the top of each of your page that leads to the different language versions of those pages. If you keep the page filenames the same this is really easy to do with php or any of the server side scripting languages. Your link can either be the name of the language or those little country flags you see on so many sites.

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 12:25 PM

Thanks Randy was looking for the quick fix - but thought the answer would be as you have described.






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