Setup a Multilingual Site/Language Switcher

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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 7 - Adding a Language Switcher

We have now two sets of articles: one French, one English. Of course, only one menu will be displayed on the Frontend: either the English Menu or the French Menu. Joomla! would decide between serving English or French content depending on the language settings of the visitors browser. As we want the user to be able to switch from a language to another, we need to add the built-in Language Switcher Module.

  1. Go to Extensions  Modules, click on the button New and select Language Switcher module type.
  2. Enter a Title: for example, Choose your language.
  3. Position: Select position-7.
  4. Language: Select All, as this module will be displayed regardless of the selected language.


After saving this new module, have a look at the Frontend of your site. Here it is, the language switcher is displayed in the right column.