Multi-language sites and CMS fields

Each page and CMS entry is translatable. When creating fields for a Collection, mark whether that field is translatable (some fields won't need translation, like references to other collections, price fields, etc). 

An option for Links should be added to choose a language (in addition to external links, pages within the site, etc).

  • Brent Cartier
  • Jan 18 2017
  • In progress
CMS
  • Aug 28, 2021

    Admin response

    We recognize that multi-language functionality is very important and will allow everyone to create inclusive language experiences on their sites. It’s definitely something we plan to build the right way within Webflow.


    Please continue to give us feedback. We're listening to how such a feature could enable you build multi-language sites.

  • HYPE Studio commented
    24 Nov 11:08pm

    🙌🏻 So glad to see Webflow is having multilingual translation soon!


    Just a heads up about Chinese 🙈🙈🙈... The situation is a bit more complicated. There are at least two Chinese variations: "Traditional Chinese" and "Simplified Chinese"

    • Traditional Chinese: for Taiwan, Hongkong, and Macau

    • Simplified Chinese: for China, Singapore, Malaysia, etc.


    So, the options should have both:

    • Traditional Chinese (zh-hant / tc)

    • Simplified Chinese (zh-hans / sc)


    Some platforms, such as Weglot, uses "tw" as the code of Traditional Chinese by default, which is wrong... "tw" stands for Taiwan but not Traditional Chinese. That makes such platforms not preferabnle by most clients in many cases. If there is "tw", it needs to have "zh-hk", "zh-sg", etc.


    By the way, there is only "zh" on the list of ISO 639-1 which is certainlly insufficient for localization:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ISO_639-1_codes


    Microsoft uses "zh-cn", "zh-tw", "zh-hk":

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/locale


    I have no idea if Webflow would allow customization of the language code that appears on the URL. But, in conclusion, my recommendation is to provide all the options below. It will probably cover all real-world use cases.

    • domain.com/zh

    • domain.com/zh-cn

    • domain.com/zh-tw

    • domain.com/zh-hk

  • Tools Minimum commented
    24 Nov 12:37pm

    Hey folks as a Webflow Enterprise Partner, we have been faced with clients who say "no" because of the multilingual.

    That's why we have created a tool for the Webflow community, that allows creators to translate their projects into multiple languages.

    https://polyflow.co


    (the product works, we already have customers and +100 free users)

    We already know about Webflow multilingual release for next year, and our tool will add more features, value, and superpowers to those translations.

    (e.g you can use Webflow native forms, or you can use Typeform because it adapts to your needs).

    You can see a product demo here

    Let me know if you need help :)

  • Armin Seltz commented
    23 Nov 08:34am

    @Christer Persson

    Did you not watch the keynote? They made an announcement there. Why would they announce it and then not do it?

    Anyways, they took their sweet time to start work on it. I'm sure they will do a great job of it though and once it's out I can finally start building in Webflow here in Switzerland where kind of by default things need to be at least in German and French, but usually also English. We used Weglot, but its combersome and expensive.

  • Christer Persson commented
    10 Nov 09:18am

    Wait a minute, did christmas come early this year??


    Just casually scrolled through the recap of the upcoming features announced on webflow conf https://webflow.com/blog/webflow-conf-2022-keynote-recap. Not expecting much, but to my GREAT surprise native multi-language support is listed as a "top priority for 2023". Is it this to good to be true or are we actually getting multi-language support soon??


    We have been planning our migration away from webflow due to the lack of proper multi-language support, but this might make us stay if they actually pull through with it and if it works well.

  • Joao Fiche commented
    4 Nov 05:31am

    Came here to tell Webflow team how important this feature is for my company as well!

  • Michał Krajewski commented
    31 Oct 09:36pm

    This is the only thing that stopped me moving permanently to Webflow with all my stuff!


    Webflow, do something with this, is super important thing!


    Simple thing that might be done first and fast is possibility to set hreflang for a directory (ex. /pl, /es), so even if I need to copy pages between catalogs, I don't need to worry about hreflang and SEO ban.


  • Guest commented
    19 Oct 05:51am

    Thanks for the information.

  • Alice Holm commented
    11 Oct 08:33am

    Not only on the website, but also in the editor so the clients can edit in their own language.

  • Christian Rauschenbach commented
    5 Oct 07:51am

    Dear Webflow team, with a function for multilingualism you will certainly be more interesting for big clients, or for agencies that can offer extensive projects.

  • Ali İlhami ÖZTAN commented
    22 Sep 07:37pm
    The idea created on 2017, and now most voted idea that is not in beta yet. Why are you still waiting for it for 5 years?
  • Guest commented
    17 Aug 09:43am

    yes it will helps community.

  • Aymeric Lecomte commented
    14 Aug 11:28am

    I'm in the process of doing the lenghty but great freelancer journey tutorial, all to learn how to build my website on webflow and migrate it from wix. However I need it in English, French and Spanish, and I'm very disappointed to discover there is not really a good solution for this - apart from paying a lot for weglot. I'm still investigating the matter but this may be the reason why i won't be able to migrate to webflow… very disappointing. Will the team provide an update soon on this function?

  • HYPE Studio commented
    9 Aug 10:05pm

    It's hard to imagine the way of multi-language on Webflow.

    There are 3 common ways:

    • Weglot / Transifex?

    • TranslatePress on WordPress

    • Drupal's Multi-language / WPML on WordPress

    I think the way how TranslatePress works on WordPress is the best experience and best suitable for WordPress.

    ( However, machine translation function is not very necessary in my point of view. )

  • [ j. bilhan ] commented
    28 Jul 01:48am

    Need this!

  • Mario P. commented
    13 Jul 06:37pm

    We are on the Business plan with a Global CDN. However, without multilanguages the global CDN is not entirely useful.

  • Mario P. commented
    13 Jul 06:35pm

    This should be the next development with priority 1. The issue was raised in 2017 and still nothing but a comment from admin.

    Weblfow, could you give us a quick update on multilanguage functionality?

  • SEO Bauku commented
    13 Jul 01:34pm

    This should really be the next thing webflow prioritizes after logic and membership is out of beta. I cannot believe that webflow sends E-Mails with content like; do not write "see more" on a button - since that could exclude blind people, but they think it's absolutely ok to exclude not only millions - but billions of people by not offering multi-language.

  • Studio Opmeer commented
    12 Jul 08:09am

    I'm wondering, can the announced 'Logic' help us with this.

  • Mario P. commented
    7 Jul 08:54pm

    Can someone from Webflow comment on this?

  • Katja Perez commented
    29 Jun 05:07am

    When is this coming? This is urgently needed!

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