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How to Access

Select Extensions → Language Manager from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation.

Description

In the Language Manager you can set the default Language for both the Front and Back end of your Joomla! web site.

Screenshot

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Column Headers

Both the Site and Administrator tabs have the following column titles. These details are fetched from the XML file included in the language pack.

  • Language Name The names of the installed languages on this web site.
  • Default The default language of the site, marked with a yellow graphical asterisk in this column.
  • Version The version number of the installed language.
  • Date This is the creation date of the language.
  • Author The name of the language translator is displayed in this column
  • Author E-mail The e-mail address of the translator
  • Display #. The number of items to display on one page. If there are more items than this number, you can use the page navigation buttons (Start, Prev, Next, End, and page numbers) to navigate between pages. Note that if you have a large number of items, it may be helpful to use the Filter options, located above the column headings, to limit which items display (where applicable).


Toolbar

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Site and Administrator Links

At the top left, above the columns, you will see two links as shown below:

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  • Site. Shows the Languages available for the Front end of the web site.
  • Administrator. Shows the Languages available for the Back end of the web site. Note that the languages for the Front and Back end can be different.

Quick Tips

You can switch between the already installed languages for the Site and the Administrator by selecting the desired language and clicking on the Default icon on the upper right part of the screen.

The switching between the languages does not respect the users presettings in User Manager. If you switch to another language, the user can view the site on that language they have preset in their user settings.

Important: Do not delete the default language files by using FTP because it generates an error both of frontend and backend!

Joomla! allows registered users to select a preferred language in the front-end. Extra languages can be added using the Extension Manager

New languages are installed with the help of the Extension Manager, then they appear in the Language Manager for configuration. You can select either Site or Administrator to display the languages for these interfaces. You can set the site in one language and administration to another. Individual articles can also be configured to use a different language (in the Advanced Parameter pane when editing the article).

Related Information

The languages listed in the Language Manager can be installed in the Extension Manager from Extensions -> Install/Uninstall menu item. The unnecessary languages can be removed on the Languages tab of the Extension Manager.

When several languages are installed, the default interface language can be overridden by a registered user on the Edit Your Details screen opened from User Menu -> Your Details menu item in the front-end after logging in. Users with administration privileges (managers, administrators and super administrators) can select the language of the back-end as well.

The selected language is displayed for the appropriate user in User Manager parameters.