Come and attend "Simply the best UK Joomla! Day (YET!)", 5th and 6th October 2013 in Sunningdale Park, Ascot near London. We will be presenting Sunday, 6th October 2013 from 15:00 - 15:45 on "Practical Multi-lingual Websites.

The Joomla multi-lingual system is powerful but cumbersome. There are some great tutorials on setting up the native system, but some of the fun only starts after that. In my presentation I take it one step beyond the basic setup and show the setup and usage in real life with the support of available tools, tips and tricks, whilst respecting the native Joomla language system. We will present a basic tools overview, have a practical web building session and in depth discussion of tools and what the future holds for multi-lingual sites.

Starting with version 1.6, Joomla has the tools to build multi-lingual web sites, tools that have been improved in the latest versions. However, building multi-lingual sites with Joomla is still very cumbersome, error prone and costly both in time spent on its creation and its maintenance. We will look at tools to help setup and maintain a multi-lingual site from a "user" and "administrator" point of view and share some tips and tricks how to deal with "non-language enabled extensions" such as j-downloads, breezing forms.

We will list and compare features of predominant solutions and elaborate on KMFasTrans Translation Manager as our solution of choice to show as a practical application.

I (Marco Dings) have been involved in multiple multi-lingual websites and thought it a good idea to share this experience. The precursor to this presentation was created and given together with Angel Melguizo of KMFasTrans translation system at J and Beyond 2013.
Why you should care about multi-lingual.

In the last two years, the economic potential of making money online has grown from $36.5 billion to $44.6 billion, however, only a third of these figures can be achieved if the web pages are available in English only. That figure is even lower in web pages whose language is not as frequently used as the English language - for example, Portuguese, Russian or Japanese..