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Multi-lingual contents for dummies (real dumb) please!

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Community Member, 64 Posts

17 November 2008 at 1:03pm

I have been searching for some simple steps to get a multi-lingual site started, but no luck at this stage. I am trying to setup English and Mandarin Chinese on a test site:

This is what I have done so far, please help by adding to the steps:

Step 1: mysite/_config.php - added in


Step 2: ran database build - http://<mysite>/db/build

Step 3: Making DataObjects translatable

class Team extends DataObject {
  static $db = array(
    "Name" => "Varchar",
    "FoundedDate" => "Date",
    "Description" => "Text",
  // we don't want all fields to be translated (wouldn't make sense for a date, right?)
  static $extensions = array(

Step 4: When I log-in to SS cms, I can see 'translation' tab, and a language selection drop down menu. I translated the my site Navigation menus into Mandarin, saved/published, and it previewed ok, but my site defaults to the Mandarin language, and not English. I had to select back to 'English' in the CMS, and refresh my browser to get it back to English content...

Step 5: Not sure what to do next? i tried to call: http://<mysite>/mypage/?lang=tw but it doesn't work... the language selector widget looks like it is for blogging only? what do i have to do for ?lang=tw/?lang=en to work? please help!