Thinking about making your website multilingual? Wondering how it could affect your online business? Such decisions can indeed be daunting.
Fortunately, numerous studies have confirmed the benefits of multilingual websites, especially for global e-businesses. In general, multilingual websites remove language barriers, clarify communication, and, most importantly, they improve user experience. This typically results in more time spent on a website and consequently growth in revenue. Knowing this, it's no wonder so many successful global e-businesses have adopted multiple languages on their websites.
But what does it take to make a website multilingual? How does website translation work? Throughout the following sections, we'll explain these aspects and share helpful insights and tips to help you make your website multilingual. So, let's get started!
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Multilingual websites offer a plethora of advantages:
Website translation is more than just converting words; it's about preserving the message and cultural context in another language. Moreover, it requires website layout adjustments for varied text lengths, selecting compatible fonts for different languages, accommodating text directions (Left-to-Right and Right-to-Left) for various languages, and much more.
In simplified terms, the process of translating multilingual websites could be divided into three phases:
Throughout the website's life, these three phases will recur each time there's new content to translate.
It's hard to pin down what makes translating a multilingual website challenging. However, certain factors have consistently made the process more difficult for multilingual websites. Some of these factors include:
Software localization tools are designed to make translating multilingual websites easier. They help teams avoid common errors, automate repeated tasks, enhance teamwork, speed up translation, ease the review of translated content, provide context during translation, and offer many other benefits.
How can I select the best tool for my needs? Your choice should align with your specific needs. Some tools cater exclusively to certain localization file formats, while others prioritize specific localization workflows or integrations with code repositories. But if you're looking for a tool that does all this and more, consider Localizely, which caters to a multitude of localization formats and offers all the functionalities expected of a modern localization tool, and much more.
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Aleksa is a Software Engineer at Localizely. Over the past few years, Aleksa has been working in the field of software localization. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar and writing tech posts.
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