Practices While Creating A Multilingual Website

  • Do some research work: Before starting with the development of your site, you should do some market research to find what languages are best opportunities for your growth. You can easily evaluate the market competition and determine the places where your products or services are to be most in demand. You can use tools to get more statistics about the most preferred language of your customers.
  • Design the site keeping in mind translation: Make sure while designing or redesigning your site that the design is responsive as this will help you to attract more customers using varied devices. This includes aspects of graphic design, coding and writing. If your site is not responsive, then consider having multilingual website designs adapted to be responsive for a mobile site.
  • Get a pre translation cultural assessment: This can help you to detect if there are any content or design elements that can cause difficulty for translation either for cultural reasons or because of technical issues.
  • Select the right language partner: It is very important for your translation partner to be experienced in website translation and understand how to deal with the code involved. Your language partner should interact with your developer to work out on the most effective process for translation based on the size of the site, the CMS used and technical factors.
  • Link the sites through language menu: Allow your visitors to pick their preferred language and for this make a simple list of language links side by side if there are few languages or you can also create a pull down menu for more languages. Do not use flags to indicate languages. You can use them to mark links to sites that are particularly dedicated to a country.