Best way to manage more than one language on Shopify?

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hey guys,

I have my online shop  (http://slimbrotjes.com) launched in homeland Germany. It works very well. Now I m at the point to start in other countries. What is the best way.

A new online store with a different domain? An upgrade? The problem that I see, is the choice of language. Shopify has - incomprehensibly - no solution for this problem. I would not like the Payments must reconfigure ... Who has this problem, too? Which solution offers Shopify? Seeking for a long time...

 

Cheers, André

http://slimbrotjes.com

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Hello André,

Brian here, from the Shopify Guru team. :) I hope you're having a loving week.

For merchants looking to offer their store in multiple languages there are currently two solutions; apps or multiple stores.

The option that is most common for merchant is to use an app that will allow them to translate their storefront into multiple languages. Perhaps the most popular app of this sort is Langify (https://apps.shopify.com/langify) however these days there are quite a few available that do this job, as you can see here: https://apps.shopify.com/search/query?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=language.

This lets you keep the one store, but just change the language for different users, and so it can be the most effective option unless you need added customisability to the storefronts in the other languages, in which case multiple stores would be the option to take. This would mean having several Shopify stores, one for each language that you are wishing to target,  and ensuring that each has its own subdomain (or you can give them a dedicated domain if you prefer). As each store is seperate, it does give some more flexibility, as you can change what you're selling in each country, what payment options are available, and even what currency you are selling in, but ultimately it does mean managing multiple stores and their admins.

I'd suggest taking a look at some of the language apps, and see if suits you needs here. Although if anyone has any other suggestions, by all means chime in. :)

If you have any other questions, or experience any issues, just get in touch with us at https://www.shopify.com/contact and one of our lovely gurus will be there to help.

Have a lovely week!

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Using a JS solution  works well for stores that support multiple languages but sell mostly to one country like Belgium or Switzerland. 

The down side to this approach is that search engines will only index the main version of the site in that respective language.

If you plan to sell in France and Germany I would go with 2 different with different content.

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I feel the same way. Have you insights how this affects the indexing by Goole (SEO)? And what about the Checkout Page? Will also translated? Can I test the app?

 

cherrs André

http://slimbrotjes.com

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Shopify Partner
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If you use a JS solution set on one store, the search engines will index the default language set, not whatever the JS is doing.

You can translate the checkout: https://docs.shopify.com/manual/settings/checkout/checkout-language ;

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New Member
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Just as it sounds, we will hire an additional Shopify shop. Is there a financial discount of Shopify because Shopify does not offer very sensible solution as a global e-commerce companies. Other shop providers are multi-language compatible.

 

cheers André

http://slimbrotjes.com

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Shopify Partner
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Hi,

Johannes from langify here!

Just wanted to note that langify isn't a JS solution but does the translations on the server-side via liquid.

It also allows you to separate your languages by (sub)domains which allows Google to crawl the translations (href lang tags are injected automatically).

Here is a store using langify + multiple domains: http://rusteprotection.com

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Tourist
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Hi Johannes,

The http://rusteprotection.com site looks perfect.

On the front-end it looks seemless. I imagine in the background you have multiple separate shopify stores? I am interested in something like this. Could you perhaps give us some insight as to how http://rusteprotection.com achieves multi-language and multi-currency support?

 

Thank you!

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New Member
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Hi Johannes!

Can You please provide more information about mentioned sample http://rusteprotection.com .

Multiple domain supose to be under one shopify account or it needed separate shopify accounts for each domain?

Thanks

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New Member
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I'm wondering the same how the rusteprotection site has done. Is it on shopify store or each language version as own store?

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