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How to Build a Bilingual Website

September 26, 2022 by Kevin Kennedy , Matt Zentz

Building a bilingual website has never been a simple undertaking. Translating primary content is challenging enough but then translating all the smaller global content throughout the site, from navigation and CTA's to testimonials and blog posts, can be exhausting.

Any one who has attempted this knows Google Translate, while convenient and easy, does not do the best job translating content. It might get you 60-70% of the way but with some unexpected or confusing translations.

Marketpath CMS Makes it Easy

In Marketpath CMS, there are few ways you can go about doing this. I'll present one of them, which is the most comprehensive for a bilingual site. A multilingual site, with more than two languages, would require a different approach.

For a bilingual site, we'll add a new group with two fields to our header template - that way every single page of the site includes those fields. The editor simply selects the language of the page and its corresponding counterpart. In the image below, the page language is selected as English and the translated Spanish version of the same page is selected.

Our header template then checks if a corresponding language is selected and if so, shows the language button at the top of page.

Here's the code that performs this logic:

{% if entity.language.is_valid %}
  <li class="nav-item pt-2 px-5 fw-bold text-white bg-secondary">
    {% if entity.language.value == "spanish" %}
      <a class="text-white fw-bold" href="{{ entity.english_version.value }}">English</a>
    {% else %}
      <a class="text-white fw-bold" href="{{ entity.spanish_version.value }}">Espa&ntilde;ol</a>
    {% endif %}
  </li>
{% endif %}

 

Hopefully, it's pretty straightforward. If not, feel free to check out the How-to article How to Build a Bilingual Website for more granular details. Or send us your questions at support@marketpath.com. We're always happy to be your guide.

Related Tags: Bilingual Website Development, CMS Features for Developers, Solutions, Fully Managed CMS, Free CMS, Website Tips & Best Practices

Kevin Kennedy, VP Marketing, Marketpath

Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy, Marketpath’s VP Marketing and Professional Services, has been working on business strategy, digital marketing, and website technology for over 20 years. Prior to joining Marketpath in 2009, Kevin worked for Delta Faucet Company, including roles as Director of E-Business, where he led the company's technology strategy, and Director of Interactive Marketing. 

Kevin graduated with a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and received his M.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University. In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife, Bridget, and their five children, travel, and various sports activities, while also participating on the non-profit boards for The Children's TherAplay Foundation and Juega Como Campeon.

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