How to Access
Select Extensions → Language Manager from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation or click the icon Language in the control center then click the Content tab.
In the Language Manager: Content Languages tab you can set the Native Title, Language Code, SEF Prefix, and Image Prefixes of the installed or to be installed languages.
These are used when you set your site as multilanguage. See Language Switcher Tutorial.
- #. An indexing number automatically assigned by Joomla! for ease of reference.
- Checkbox. Check this box to select one or more items. To select all items, check the box in the column heading. After one or more boxes are checked, click a toolbar button to take an action on the selected item or items. Many toolbar actions, such as Publish and Unpublish, can work with multiple items. Others, such as Edit, only work on one item at a time. If multiple items are checked and you press Edit, the first item will be opened for editing.
- Title. The names of the installed Languages on this web site.
- Native Title. Language title IN the native language.
- Language Code. The language tag - example: en-GB for English (UK). This should be the exact prefix used for the language installed or to be installed.
- URL Language Code. The language tag that will displayed in the URL - example: en for English.
- Image Prefix. 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. (Published/Unpublished/Archived/Trashed) The published status of the item.
- Ordering. Select the ordering of the module as compared to other modules in the same position. See Position.
- Access. The viewing level access for this item.
- Home. Is the language the language of the Home Page.
- 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.
At the top right you will see the toolbar:
The functions are:
- New. Opens the editing screen to create a new content language.
- Edit. Opens the editing screen for the selected content language. If more than one content language is selected (where applicable), only the first content language will be opened. The editing screen can also be opened by clicking on the Title or Name of the content language.
- Publish. Makes the selected content languages available to visitors to your website.
- Unpublish. Makes the selected content languages unavailable to visitors to your website.
- Trash. Changes the status of the selected content languages to indicate that they are trashed. Trashed content languages can still be recovered by selecting "Trashed" in the Select Status filter and changing the status of the content languages to Published or Unpublished as preferred. To permanently delete trashed content languages, select "Trashed" in the Select Status filter, select the content languages to be permanently deleted, then click the Empty Trash toolbar icon.
- Install Language. Redirects to the Extension Manager Language Installer
- Options. Opens the Options window where settings such as default parameters or permissions can be edited.
- Help. Opens this help screen.
At the top left, above the columns, you will see four links as shown below:
- Installed - Site. Shows the Languages available for the front-end of the web site. See Installed Languages Help Screen
- Installed - Administrator. Shows the Languages available for the back-end of the web site. See Installed Languages Help Screen
- Content. Shows the Content Languages available for the web site. See Extensions Language Manager Content.
- Overrides. Allows you to override any language strings in any language file through the backend. See Language Overrides Help Screen
Filter by Partial Title
You can filter the list of items by typing part of the Language's name or the ID number of the language.
- 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 Front-end.
- 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 Front-end and Back-end.
- 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.