Manage languages

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Usually, a website has a default or master content language set up during installation. You can set up languages for catalog entry content, such as product (SKU) descriptions, for your website at the catalog level. This means that when you configure a language for a catalog, you define catalog entry descriptions in that language.

To work with multiple languages for Optimizely Customized Commerce content, first enable the languages in the CMS admin and edit views. Next, language-specific fields appear, ready for translation in edit view; product descriptions that are not yet translated appear empty if they are displayed on the front-end site.

Translating catalog content is similar to translating CMS content, such as pages and blocks. Optimizely uses specific language settings for catalogs, markets, and payment and shipping methods in Optimizely Customized Commerce.

Enabling a language for catalog content

  1. Activate the language in the CMS admin and edit view, as described in Managing website languages.

    Enable the language in edit view to make it available for editors to translate content, and to make the website's start page available in that language, for proper display of translated content.

  2. Enable the language for the catalog to which you want to apply the new language:
    1. In the Catalog edit view, open the catalog for which you want to add a language in the All properties editing view.
    2. In Available languages, select the newly-added language.
    3. Publish the catalog changes.

    Image: Changing catalog language

Translating content for catalog entries

  1. In the Catalog view, select the desired catalog entry to translate in the catalog tree.
  2. Click Edit in the context menu for the selected entry, or select the entry to open the All Properties editing view.
  3. In the header next to Languages, select the desired language for translation. (Enabled languages are listed.).

    Image: Changing language of a catalog entry

  4. Edit the available properties, and follow the content publishing flow to save and publish the translated catalog entry information.

When you translate content, have the original content open in another browser window for comparison. You can also copy and paste the original content into the text area where you are working, as reference.

Switching language and viewing language versions

When editing translated content in the All properties editing view, you can switch languages by selecting the desired language in the Header. The user interface reloads, displaying the content in the selected language. See Translating content.

Editing global properties

Depending on your implementation, some properties may be globally shared and can only be edited in the master language. See Translating content.

Setting the user interface language

  • To set the user interface language for Catalogs and CMS:
    1. Select your user profile name in the upper right corner.
    2. Click My Settings then the Display Options tab.
    3. Select the language of your choice and click Save.
  • To set the user interface language for Customized Commerce Manager:
    1. In the upper menu of Customized Commerce Manager, click Change Language.
    2. Select the language.
    3. Click OK.