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Multilingual website

You can create a multilingual website with Portfoliobox. It requires creativity and a bit of organisation. For this article, we will create a website with two languages: English and French. You can see an example at https://specimen.portfoliobox.net/multilingualwebsite-en.

For this to work properly, you should not use the default menu of your website. Instead, you will hide the menu from existing pages and create a custom menu in two languages. We'll see below how to manage it. 

Step 1 - Create all your pages in one language

Create your pages in one language, English, in this example. All the text content should be in English: titles, texts, URL, SEO titles, and SEO descriptions. For all pages, hide the menu: click on on Edit menu and choose Hide the menu on this page.

Step 2 - Create all your pages in the other language

An easy way to get this done is to duplicate your existing pages and edit the page content and settings. 

Duplicate the page

  1. Click on Manage pages
  2. Click on Edit existing pages
  3. Hover over the page you wish to duplicate
  4. Click on Duplicate

The duplicated page shows at the top of the page list. You will need to edit both its content and its settings. 

Edit the page settings

  1. Click on Manage pages
  2. Click on Edit existing pages
  3. Hover over the page you wish to edit
  4. Click on Settings
  5. Edit the page title to the French
  6. Edit the page url to French
  7. Edit the SEO settings to French

Edit the page content

  1. Click on Manage pages
  2. Click on Edit existing pages
  3. Hover over the page you wish to edit
  4. Click on View & Edit
  5. Edit the content on the page to French

Step 3 - Work on the menu 

Now that you created all your content in different languages, you need to set up a menu for each language. 

Create your menu in English

  1. On one of your English pages, click on Add New Section
  2. Choose a sub-menu section under Additional Sections
  3. Edit the links to redirect to your pages in English
  4. Reorder the sections and place the menu section at the top of the page

Duplicate the English menu

When your menu in English is ready, duplicate it to all the English pages. 

  1. Click Edit section in the menu section
  2. Click Duplicate
  3. Click Copy to page next to the pages you wish to duplicate the section to
  4. Go to the page and move the menu section to the top of the page

Create your menu in French 

Duplicate the English menu to one of your French pages and edit the content to French. When the menu in French is ready, duplicate it on your French pages (follow the steps above). 

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