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Language specific pages troubles with homepage and other pages not within in the main navigation.

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Loris asked 3 weeks ago

I have a problem with a website I'm designing for a client.

Due to SEO contraints, I have to use language specific pages for nearly the whole website (except for the blog which will mostly be in a single language.

I works like a charm for the pages that are appearing in the main navigation, but does not for the sub-pages that don't appear in the main nav. More importantly: the homepage (who doesn't appear in the main nav in order to make it simpler) doesn't redirect at all when we hit the language button.

I took care to enter the brackets {fr} and {en} in both the page title and the navigation title but nothing seems to work.

The website is the following: https://team-time.squarespace.com

Password: tt2020

And I've added some screen captures of the settings: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n6mqzzyelvx2530/AADyuCMK3CsS5k2x59p5sneFa?dl=0

I really need some help here, the language switcher not working on the homepage is a huge problem.

Cheers,

Loris

1 Answers
Dave Hilditch Staff answered 3 weeks ago

Currently, language-specific pages need to have entries in your navigation somewhere. These can be in your header, footer or sidebar. It uses this info to figure out which page is the equivalent in another language.

Would it be possible for you to add this navigation for these sub-pages to the footer?

Loris Grillet replied 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the quick reply. That’s not an ideal situation indeed…

Squarespace 7.1 templates have navigation menus anymore unfortunately… 😞
Would this work with simple text links in the footer? Or using the internal navigation links?
Do you have an alternative idea? Like creating a navigation menu within a page that’s hidden to the navigation, so it appears somewhere on the website but users don’t see it.

Eventually, I could put these items in the main navigation menu and hide them in CSS. After all, that’s what Multilingualizer does in the first place.

Dave Hilditch Staff replied 3 weeks ago

Any links in the footer, sidebar or header will work. Most users don’t use language-specific pages as extensively as you have – they mostly use them for cornerstone content – but I can see your painpoint here.

Let me know if putting links in the footer works as a solution for you for now and I’ll see if there’s a better solution I can think of.

Loris Grillet replied 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the help Dave.
I just gave it a try and simple links in the footer don’t work. I will put all my pages in the main navigation within folders and I’ll hide them in CSS.
Not ideal but at least it will work for the users.

I planned to use more in-page translation but my client had really specific and extensive SEO recommendations. I needed to target both languages specifically and for that I needed language specific pages.
But in future projects, I’ll probably mix both systems. 😊

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