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Originally presented at Engine Summit - The online ExpressionEngine Summit March, 30th 2010 by John Henry Donovan

Originally presented at Engine Summit - The online ExpressionEngine Summit March, 30th 2010 by John Henry Donovan

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  • Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine Originally presented at Engine Summit - The online ExpressionEngine Summit March, 30th 2010 by John Henry Donovan
  • Introduction John Henry tackles this popular topic of multi-language websites developed in ExpressionEngine. He discusses the practicalities of client profiling and technical approaches. He shows what is possible out of the box and how to extend functionality using some of the popular add-ons available. Each approach and technique will hopefully deliver a wealth of ideas and tips that should give you a head start when building your first multi-lingual website in ExpressionEngine. Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 2
  • Profiling • What does your client want from a multi-language website? • Who will be updating the website? • Do they need the ability to add more languages? • What type of domain are we working with? • What type of multi-language website is needed? Client Ability and needs Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 3
  • Profiling Deciding on the type of website is a very simple step which is often forgotten when developing a multi-language website. There are in fact 2 different types of websites you can choose from. Versions Multiple translated versions Translations 1 version and multiple translations Type of website Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 4
  • Technical Approach http://www.domain.com/es/index.php/template_group/template/ http://www.domain.com/en/index.php/template_group/template/ http://www.domain.com/fr/index.php/template_group/template/ system themes images en es fr Domain, Segments & Folders Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 5
  • Technical Approach index.php es path.php $site_url = “http://www.domain.com/es/”; $site_index = “”; $site_404 = “”; $global_vars = array( “country_code” => “es”, “language” => “spanish” ); // This array must be associative Global Variables & path.php Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 6
  • Technical Approach Add the country code to all of your custom fields en_body, es_body etc. {exp:weblog:entries weblog=”{master_weblog}”} <h2 class=”title”>{if country_code != “en”}{{country_code}_title} {if:else}{title}{/if}</h2> {{country_code}_summary} {{country_code}_body} {/exp:weblog:entries} Templates Tags Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 7
  • Technical Approach http://expressionengine.com/wiki/Remove_index.php_From_URLs/ es index.php path.php .htaccess # rewrite rules RewriteEngine On # ditch index.php RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /es/index.php/$1 [L] .htaccess Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 8
  • Structure (Third Party Add-on) “ Structure is a different way to build ExpressionEngine sites. It forgoes the current template_group/template setup and creates‘static’ and ‘listing’ pages that are all editable through a tree sitemap view. http://buildwithstructure.com/ Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 9
  • Structure (Third Party Add-on) Alternative Languages Setup Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 10
  • Structure (Third Party Add-on) http://www.mydomain.com/es/index.php http://www.mydomain.com/es/about/ Structure Tab Settings Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 11
  • Structure (Third Party Add-on) {if segment_1 ‘es’ OR segment_1 ‘fr’} {!-- START FROM SEGMENT 2 IF NOT DEFAULT LANGUAGE --} {exp:structure:nav_sub start_from=’/{segment_1}/{segment_2}’} {if:else} {!-- START FROM SEGMENT 1 IF DEFAULT LANGUAGE --} {exp:structure:nav_sub start_from=’/{segment_1}’} {/if} Example nav_sub code Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 12
  • LG Multi Language Pro (Third Party Add-on) http://newism.com.au/ Developed by Leevi Graham of Newism Web design & Development. The add-on bundle was commissioned by myself to suit a particular client’s needs and workflow. It will hopefully be released back into the community by Leevi. • Based on member group, hide unnecessary custom fields • Needed a way of showing the status of a translation • A phrase translator with separate plugin Background & Design Brief Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 13
  • LG Multi Language Pro (Third Party Add-on) Extension & Member Settings Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 14
  • LG Multi Language Pro (Third Party Add-on) Custom Fields & Phrase Translator Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 15
  • LG Multi Language Pro (Third Party Add-on) Publish & Edit Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 16
  • LG Multi Language Pro (Third Party Add-on) {exp:lg_mlp:translate key=”phrase_key_1”} {exp:weblog:entries weblog=”{weblog_name}” limit=”1”} <h1>{if lg_lang == “en” || {lg_lang}_title ==’’}{title} {if:else}{{lg_lang}_title}{/if}</h1> {if {lg_lang}_body ==’’} {en_body} {if:else} {{lg_lang}_body} {/if} {/exp:weblog:entries} Code Examples Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 17
  • LG Multi Language Pro (Third Party Add-on) Structure Mashup Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 18
  • Localisation http://code.google.com/apis/maps/documentation/#Localization <script src=”http://maps.google.com/maps?file=api&amp;v=2&amp;key=A BQIAAAAOVcwajvU2DiR3d7wTOAC9RQz9Es_Zr-eU6lD2TDm4seUBz8DBBTcpZXs91l DdbygrzYt7dFVZ_-4Tw&amp;hl={country_code};” type=”text/javascript”></script> Google Maps Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 19
  • Localisation <script type=”text/javascript” src=”/inc/scripts/i18n/ ui.datepicker-{country_code}.js”></script> <script type=”text/javascript”> $(function() { $(“#dob”).datepicker($.datepicker.regional[‘{country_code}’]); }); </script> jQuery UI Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 20
  • ExpressionEngine 2.0 and beyond New publish layout feature is a translation gift in disguise! Member Groups & Fields Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 21
  • ExpressionEngine 2.0 and beyond New publish layout feature is a translation gift in disguise! Publish Layout & Tabs Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 22
  • ExpressionEngine 2.0 and beyond New publish layout feature is a translation gift in disguise! Seperating Fields Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 23
  • Resources Wiki Articles http://expressionengine.com/wiki/Multi_language_site/ http://expressionengine.com/wiki/multi-lingual_site_-_an_easy_alternative/ http://expressionengine.com/wiki/Multi_language_site_alternative/ Add-ons http://buildwithstructure.com/ http://www.putyourlightson.net/projects/multi_language http://publicdownloads.biberltd.com/ee_extensions/ext.bbr_langswitch.zip http://leevigraham.com/cms-customisation/expressionengine/lg-multi-language/ Multi-Language Websites in ExpressionEngine by John Henry Donovan 2010 - @johnhenry_ie PAGE 24
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