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Duplicate entire website into new language!

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11 November 2010 at 5:15am Community Member, 267 Posts

This is a big issue ;)

How can I duplicate my entire Silverstripe 2.4.2 based English website into a new language?
For example into German.

I've got 5 languages - 100 pages per languages = 500 pages (!)

So manually is hard labor! ;)

Please share!


11 November 2010 at 5:37am (Last edited: 11 November 2010 10:51pm), Forum Moderator, 1796 Posts

If you hand't left IRC so fast...

I have a basic function that creates pages (see below) so...
a) select your pages and then
b) get automatic translation of the pages (how about this...

   function makePage($pg,$URLSegment,$Title,$strContent,$bShowInMenus,$bShowInSearch,$iParentID=0)
      $pg->URLSegment = $URLSegment;
      $pg->Title = $Title;
      $pg->Content = $strContent;
      $pg->ShowInMenus = $bShowInMenus;
      $pg->ShowInSearch = $bShowInSearch;
      $pg->ParentID = $iParentID;
      $pg->publish("Stage", "Live");

      return $pg->ID;


11 November 2010 at 9:25pm Community Member, 267 Posts

Ok, so i paste this function in my page.php

and then i can control this trough the CMS i think.

I will test now


11 November 2010 at 9:37pm Community Member, 267 Posts

Hmm i don't understand how it works, can you post a manual on how to use?
Can't see any extra tools in the CMS when adding this function to page.php


11 November 2010 at 10:05pm Forum Moderator, 1796 Posts

post a manual????

it is a function - put it anywhere, call it with the specified values and it creates the page and makes it live... you'll need to modify it to specify locale... this solution still needs work from you as I outlined...

a) select your pages and
b) get automatic translation of the pages (how about this...
c) use makePage to create new page

does it make sense now?


11 November 2010 at 11:00pm (Last edited: 11 November 2010 11:02pm), Community Member, 267 Posts

How do you call the function?

something like this?

class Page_Controller extends ContentController {

function makePage() {
return $this->makePage();


And what do I fll in for $pg, $URLSegment,$Title,$strContent,$bShowInMenus,$bShowInSearch,$iParentID=-1

Some help would be great ;)


11 November 2010 at 11:12pm (Last edited: 11 November 2010 11:13pm), Forum Moderator, 1796 Posts

how about...

$this->makePage(new Page(),'myurlsegment','my page title','some content for the page',true,true);

$pg is left open so that you can specficy a different page type, depending on what page type you want to create


11 November 2010 at 11:38pm (Last edited: 12 November 2010 3:19am), Community Member, 30 Posts


borriej you lazy person :P

since you need to copy the pages to translate them, i think the best practice will be to use the existing createTranslation method
(if needed to duplicate the pages and not translate them, there is also a function calls "duplicate" ($newpage = $Page->duplicate();))

here the way i would try
(i can't promise you that it will work, never tested, you should do a backup before you run my code

go to /mysite/code

create a new file

class TranslatePages extends BuildTask {

   protected $title = "Translate all Pages";
   protected $description = 'Copys all Pages into another Language (Note: set $Locale and $newLocale!)'; // description of what it does
   protected $Locale = 'en_US'; // language of the pages you want to translate
   protected $newLocale = 'de_DE'; // the language it should get translatet to

   function run($request) {
      $Pages = DataObject::get('SiteTree', "Locale = '".$this->Locale."'");

      foreach ($Pages as $Page) {
       if(!$Page->getTranslation($this->newLocale)) {
       $newPage = $Page->createTranslation($this->newLocale);
       $this->debugMessage('Translated '.$Page->Title.' from '.$this->Locale.' to '.$this->newLocale);
   protected function debugMessage($msg) {
      if(!SapphireTest::is_running_test()) {

don forget the set $Locale and $newLocale !

then go to and run this task, and see if it works :P

greetings <°(((-<

// Edit: fixed typos

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