Chapter 7. Making your Website speak Multiple Languages

The internet is a global platform and users will likely visit your website from places of which you’ve never even heard. Joomla has made it very easy to provide your site information to visitors in their chosen language.

We’ve set up our pet store and looking at our site analytics, we’ve discovered that there are many people from the Czech Republic coming to the site. To make our site friendlier to those users, we will translate the site content into Czech. Since Czech users are increasing and one person in particular, Karel, has been very helpful providing suggestions, we have decided to ask him to help out in the site administration. He prefers Joomla to be in Czech instead of English so we will customize the Joomla interface to support multiple languages.

Offering Your Site Content in Multiple Languages

Hands-on Exercise: Installing Multiple Languages when Joomla is Initially Installed

If, when installing Joomla 3.x and setting up a new website, you know you want to make your site available in multiple languages, you can choose to install additional languages and activate the required plugins during installation. If your site is already live, jump to Hands-on Exercise: Installing Additional Site Languages after Joomla is Installed for the usual process of setting up additional languages.

Upon successful installation, you will see the option to install additional languages (Figure 7-1).

Figure 7-1. Joomla successfully installed ...

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