How to Create Multilingual Website in Magento

Creating a multilingual website is always a welcome and much useful thing to site owners especially who have global customers. However, some of them may not know how to effectively and easily create the same for their Magento powered website. Today, in this tutorial, I’ll guide you with the process for setting up a multilingual website in Magento.

The following step guide will help you to establish 2 multilingual stores on a website and by adapting the same technique you can set up multiple languages on the site without any hassles.

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Login to the admin panel.

Go to System –> Configuration and click on Manage Stores

Click Create Store View button on left corner. It will redirect you to New Store View page.

Enter the field Name and Code as (e.g.) French and click button Save Store View

Now the French Store is created.

How to configure the store in the admin?

Go to System –> Configuration and select Current Configuration Scope:

Select French option in right side and click tab General –> General

Then click second group tab Locale Options

Locale field is in disabled mode, before that uncheck the Use Website select box.

Now Locale field is enabled, then select the French (France) option and save it.

Also Read: Expand your Car Rental Business Globally with Multilingual Option

Magento Translations:

 Go to Magento site to download the language pack.

http://www.magentocommerce.com/translations

Select any language  for example I have selected French (France) package.

Then it will redirect you to http://www.magentocommerce.com/translations/list/9

Download the package and keep it your system,

Go to Magento site admin panel. Magento Connect

Installation path System → Magento Connect → Magento Connect Manager

Login to Magento Connect Manager panel with username and password.

Direct package file upload:

Choose the downloaded file (fr_FR.zip) and upload it.

Then Click refresh button in the panel and click the link Return to Admin.

Note:  Clear the cache in cache management Admin by navigating System –> Cache Management.

Refresh the Magento fronted and it will show the layout like this

Choose whatever language you wish to.

This post will help you to create your own multi-lingual eCommerce website in Magento. Try this and let us know your feedback, also tell us about the other ways you use for the same.

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12 thoughts on “How to Create Multilingual Website in Magento

  1. Lara Jesty

    I’ve been searching a long time on how to implement this multiple languages in magento and implemented with the above article written, and it perfectly worked on my site. Thanks for sharing.

    • ramanathan

      Multilingual website That’s great encouragement. Thanks a lot for your comment and shares. We do have many technical articles written by our developers on various other platforms like Joomla, WordPress etc. It may be of great help to you.

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  3. Brijesh Shah

    Hi,

    Just tested with my ecommerce store for switching my estore to native language. Thanks for sharing and hope it will be helpful for others too who in the search for language transferring.

    • ramanathan

      Hi Brijesh,

      That’s great to hear from you. We’ve collections of ecommerce related tips. Have a look at those posts.

      Thanks!

  4. Farhan Shah

    I didn’t know how to change the language. Thankfully after reading this post I spotted current configuration scope option and was able to change the language. Very helpful guide.

  5. Nalin Silva

    Hello,

    I need to create a multi-lingual photo gallery (over 1,000 images). If I use Magento’s Stores feature to create this, will I need to duplicate all my images? For example, if I want a website with French, German and Russian languages, will I have to copy all 1,000 images 3 times?

    • ramanathan

      Hi Nalin,

      No need to duplicate those images, It will increase loading time and server response time. You could call the same gallery functions in those multilingual sites which contain galleries.

  6. Madhukar Chavan

    Hi Ramanathan,

    I am in process to hosting a eCommerce website for rural customers in India. Read more about Magento and find one difficulty of Indian languages. If I choose Magento then can you or else helps us to host/setup the website? Or let me know the proper channel to reach you. Please contact me thru cha***m**@gmail.com

    Thanks and Regards,
    Madhukar Chavan

    • Ramanathan

      Hello Madhukar,

      Thanks for your enquiry, one of our apptha executives will reach you shortly to discuss more about your needs,

      Cheers!

  7. uklings

    Hi

    Thank you for sharing very informative article. Looking forward to read few more articles of yours.

    • Ramanathan

      Uklings,

      Hope you liked this article. Also, check our recent updates and stay tuned for more updates.

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