Create A Perfect Multi Language Site Using Weebly
Serving Clients from multiple geographies ? Then, a Multi Language website is a must for you.
Imagine a vacation home rental in the French speaking Quebec province of Canada. The website need to have a professional French version and a professional English version. You would need some thing more than the automatic Google Translate.
The process involves creating multiple sites in each of the languages while still mailtaining the same look and feel.
Step 1: Get your primary language site to a fairly decent shape first
Finalize the desgin, layout, Menus, Usability etc before proceeding to the next step because, once past this stage, any changes going forward will need to be made to each of the sites separately. So, it is recommended that you finalize your primary language site as much as possible.
freetelugumoviesonline.weebly.com is our primary site. This site has about 40 pages of contents embedding YouTube elements.
Step 2: Copy the Primary Site you created
This is the starting point for your second language site. You are essentially creating a new site, which is a replica of your original site. The idea is to use the copied site for your other language (which we will cover in step 3). For now, copy the site so that you have a second site with same layout and design.
“Copy Site” automatically copies all 40 pages of contents and links from our primary site. Give your site a nice address, that can reflect the language. We chose te-freetelugumoviesonline.weebly.com as the name for the Telugu Version of the site. Note the prefix “te-” we chose to represent the Telugu version.
Once the site is copied, the two sites are independent. Had we not had all our content in place in primary site, we would have to redo it for the copied site.
Step 3: Modify the second site to show content in other language
Step 2 has given us two different sites with same look. The task now is to convert the second site to a language of our choice. There are several ways for creating content in your preferred language. One way is to use Google Transliterate. Edit the Site Title, Page names, Page contents to reflect the site in the second language, in our case, Telugu.
Step 4: Create cross links between the two Weebly sites
Now that we have the two sites in our languages of choice, the next step is to link them. This is a way for your site visitors to choose their language of choice.
Add a new page to each of the sites. Remember to choose the option “Link to External Site”. For each of the sites, put the address of the other language site.
(Note: Do not forget to do the same for other site as well.) If you have sites in more than two languages, you may want to create a sub-menu to show links to other versions of sites.
Now your sites have a smooth and transparent flow.
Step 5: Use Custom domain prefixes for better usability (optional)
If you notice the Step 2 closely, for the second site, we used the prefix “te-”. Visitors are trained to expect a “te.yoursite.com”, “en.yoursite.com”, “fr.yoursite.com” etc for each of the languages. But if you are using a .weebly.com sub-domain, you can not use another “.” in the name. Hence the “-”.
However, if you do own a custom domain, you can set “en.yoursite.com”, “fr.yoursite.com” etc. Click here to find out how you can configure a sub-domain to your weebly site.