J3.x

Setup a Multilingual Site/Enabling the Language Plugins

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Tutorial
How to setup a Multilingual Joomla! Site


Joomla! allows you to create easily a multilingual website, without having to install any third party extension. In this tutorial, you’ll find a complete walkthrough of the steps involved in creating a multilingual Joomla! site.



Step 3a - Enabling the Language Filter plugin

Joomla! comes with a language filter plugin, which enables the CMS to recognize the different installed languages and display only the content relevant to the current language.

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Edit this plugin to change its settings:

  • Go to Extensions  Plugins.
  • Search and edit the plugin System - Language Filter.
  • Switch its Status to Enabled.
  • Item associations: Set to Yes. This option will allow item associations when switching from one language to another.
  • Remove URL Language Code: To create search engine friendly URLs in the multilingual site, set Remove URL Language Code to Yes.
  • Click Save & Close.

The language files are now set up properly and you’ve switched on Joomla’s built-in Language Filter. By default, this plugin will try to detect the language settings of the visitor browser and display the site in this language (if available).

Step 3b - Enabling the Language Code plugin

Joomla! comes with a built-in language code plugin, which provides the ability to change the language code in the generated HTML document to improve SEO. The fields will appear when the plugin is enabled and saved.

  • Go to Extensions  Plugins.
  • Search the plugin System - Language Code.
  • Switch its Status to Enabled.

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