One of the most common reasons for people wishing to make their Squarespace sistes multilingual is to attract traffic from those markets. Commonly, we have consulants, micro-businesses and small businesses who are themselves bilingual or polyglots and their customers are similarly talented.
By adding the Multilingualizer to your Squarespace site, you get the ability to have blocks of text be hidden or shown for different languages. Since the text all exists on your site, Google is guaranteed to see it, but with the latest changes we’ve made things are even better for SEO now.
Automated SEO Improvements
We have made a couple of important additions to the Multilingualizer to help with your SEO landing pages which have gone live today.
Note – this still means the URL is not translated. If you wish to have translated URLs for some pages then for those you will need to make use of our other new feature – language specific menus.
Thanks to popular demand, we’ve added language-specific menus to the Multilingualizer.
For example, you can create a menu specific for the French language and inside it have links to French-specific pages – these French-specific pages can have French language URLs and be entirely in French. To make a menu be French-specific, all you need to do is add an extra menu item to the French-specific menu at the bottom called [french]. Give it a URL of # (the menu item gets removed anyway). Now only French-language users will see this menu and you can contain French-specific pages with French URLs inside it.
Use our on-page translation system for your products so you don’t need to maintain two stores. Bear in mind that we cannot translate the checkout pages, but if you use the on-page translation all translations of the product names will be passed through to your payment gateway. Payment gateways themselves mostly present pages in the users language.
If you don’t wish to have both languages present in your product names at checkout, if you’re on SquareSpace or Shopify, you can run two or mores stores – one for each language. But then you have stock control issues where the stock needs to be updated between the different stores. Until Squarespace or Shopify add multilingual features, there’s no way around this.
We’ve added video tagging – when you add a video to your site, add [english] to the video description and this video will only display for English-language visitors.
We’ve improved natural SEO using hreflang metatags and the unique ?lang=fr page for our on-page block translation. We’ve also added language-specific menus to allow you to easily have complete pages specific for each language where necessary. We’ve got a semi-automated translation tool coming soon to make it easier for you to generate backfilled translations for all your pages.
If there’s anything else you’d like to see, let us know and we’ll add it to the next sprint for the Multilingualizer.