Help310:Extensions Language Manager Edit

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In the Language Manager: Edit Content Language you can set the title, URL language code, image, code, and description of the installed langauges. You may also update or add meta keywords and description.

How to Access

Select Extensions  Language(s)  Content Languages from the drop-down menu on the backend of your Joomla! installation or click the icon Language in the control panel then click Content Languages. Under the 'content languages' click on the language to edit.





  • Title. The name of the language as it will appear in the lists.
  • Title Native. Language title IN the native language.
  • Language Tag. Enter the language tag – example: en-GB for English (en-GB). This should be the exact prefix used for the language installed or to be installed.
  • URL Language Code. This Language Code will be appended to the site URL. When SEF is enabled, you will get If SEF is disabled the suffix &lang=en will be appended at the end of the URL. Note: The Language Code must be unique among all the languages.
  • Image. Name of the image file for this language when using the 'Use Image Flags' Language Switcher basic option. Example: If 'en' is chosen, then the image shall be 'en.gif'. Images and CSS for this module are in media/mod_languages/
  • Status. Whether this content language is published or not. If published, it will display as a choice in the Language Switcher module in Frontend.π
  • Access. The viewing Access Level for this item.
  • Description. Enter a discription for the language.
  • ID. This is a unique identification number for this item assigned automatically by Joomla. It is used to identify the item internally, and you cannot change this number. When creating a new item, this field displays 0 until you save the new entry, at which point a new ID is assigned to it.


  • Meta Keywords: Optional entry for keywords. Must be entered separated by commas (for example, "cats, dogs, pets") and may be entered in upper or lower case. (For example, "CATS" will match "cats" or "Cats"). Keywords can be used in several ways:
    • To help Search Engines and other systems classify the content of the item.
    • In combination with Banner tags, to display specific Banners based on the item content. For example, say you have one Banner with an ad for dog products and another Banner for cat products. You can have your dog Banner display when a User is viewing a dog-related item and your cat Banner display for a cat-related item. To do this, you would:
      • Add the keywords 'dog' and 'cat' to the appropriate item.
      • Add the Tags 'dog' and 'cat' to the appropriate Banners in the Banner Manager New/Edit screen.
      • Set the Banner module Parameter 'Search By Tags' to 'Yes' in the Banner Module Edit screen.
    For articles only, in combination with the Related Articles module, to display Articles that share at least one keyword in common. For example, if the current Article displayed has the keywords "cats, dogs, monkeys", any other Articles with at least one of these keywords will show in the Related Articles module.
  • Meta Description: An optional paragraph to be used as the description of the page in the HTML output. This will generally display in the results of search engines. If entered, this creates an HTML meta element with a name attribute of "description" and a content attribute equal to the entered text.

Site Name

  • Custom Site Name. Enter a custom site name for this content language. If the site name is set to display, this custom site name will be used instead of the Global Configuration setting.


At the top left you will see the toolbar:


The functions are:

  • Save. Saves the content language and stays in the current screen.
  • Save & Close. Saves the content language and closes the current screen.
  • Save & New. Saves the content language and keeps the editing screen open and ready to create another content language.
  • Close. Closes the current screen and returns to the previous screen without saving any modifications you may have made.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.

Quick Tips

  • Users can use any Language from the list of installed Languages, either by having it assigned in the User Manager or by filling out a Menu Item Manager - New/Edit - User Form Layout at the Front end. This will cause the Joomla! system prompts to be generated in this Language just for this User. For example, if a User chooses Spanish as their language, then the Search Module will show with prompts in Spanish.
  • This User's choice is not affected by the Default Language set for the Frontend.
  • Changing a User's Language or the Default Language does not affect the web site's Articles and other content.
  • Important: Do not delete the default language files (for example, with FTP). This will create errors on both the Frontend and Backend.
  • Additional Languages can be added using the Extension Manager - Install Screen.
  • If desired, you can show the Front-end site in one Language and show the Back-end administration pages in a different Language. Also, individual articles can be configured to use a different language in the Advanced Parameter pane when editing the Article.

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