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
  • Planning
CMS
  • Aug 3, 2018

    Admin Response

    We’re nearing the end of our planning process for multi-language support, and have initial designs that we’re testing and collecting feedback on before building. Development planning has begun on the back end infrastructure, and front end teams will start work as soon as our designs have been validated. With all this in motion, we’re aiming to release multi-language support in 2019.

  • Marcel Deelen commented
    January 18, 2017 10:38

    As seen here: https://forum.webflow.com/t/built-in-website-localization-translation-features/4248?u=samliew&source_topic_id=36890

    This would be such a great addition. Currently for a number of clients we use localizejs.com, a good solution... but of course having it within webflow would be way better for our clients. I think the solution Vincent created is the way to go for this.

  • Rowan Hartsuiker commented
    January 18, 2017 12:47

    Please give us multi language support. Would be really great. International clients are growing on the webflow platform, so this is definitely a great feature to have.

  • Anton Vasilkovsky commented
    January 19, 2017 08:30

    Absence of multi-language sites is the only blocker that stops my switch from shared hosting website to Webflow CMS.

  • Juan Martín Lusiardo commented
    January 19, 2017 15:26

    This is a must-have feature for almost all the companies that I've worked before.

    There are now some turnarounds, I've tried them all: 

    • Multilingualizer: Overall the best option but with two big drawbacks. It has some lag when it loads the page (which really sucks) and it's really disgusting while you use it in the Designer panel (you've to put the text in all the languages you need. It results in a big blob of text. Picture that in all the website's texts :S).
    • Bablic/Localize.js: Very expensive and not SEO friendly (Multilingualizer is much better).
    • Subdirectories: Also a good turnaround but also not good for SEO and not suitable for Dynamic Pages.
  • Tom commented
    January 20, 2017 12:19

    This is a MUST HAVE feature if Webflow wants to be considered a professional CMS / Webdesign tool that can be used on a global, international scale !

  • Signei Koch commented
    January 20, 2017 17:44

    It would great to have a solution for this. For now, I thing that working with folders is a good solution (/en /pt /es etc). I'm studying right now how can I work with the CMS for multiple language content. The "temporary" solution that I'm trying is create a Collection "Languages" and then I created Text Fields on Blog Posts that I called "Select the Language of the Post".

    Then, I need to create both Collection Page Templates (for each language, such as /en/blog and /pt/blog etc). The same design, but I'm Filtering the Dynamic List that only shows content for the selected language.

    It's working :)

  • Tomas Westerholm commented
    January 23, 2017 06:11

    This is a must have feature more so than anything else even! Been also working by adding folder directories on webflow and it's been a pain for most of the time (adding language canonicals, working with dynamic user addeable content etc.). 

    The localize and bablic solutions are not sufficient for some of the more complex websites and costs get out of hand instantly.

    If this feature gets resolved within 2017 the growth of Webflow as a viable online platform will be explosion-like. Guys at the Webflow team, please move this to the planning table at the soonest! ;-)

  • Proces Media commented
    January 23, 2017 19:39

    This is really strange, the fact multi-lang support hasnt been added by now!?

  • Simon Lessing commented
    January 24, 2017 13:50

    The fact that this is still in state "Considering" makes me anxious.. 😳

    Makes me wonder if Jason is going through the different topics to merge the ones that are the same? I see that Multi-Language Editor is here as well...  

  • Frederic Le Paumier commented
    January 24, 2017 21:19

    Hi,

    Definitely one of the best update possible for Webflow. We work in Europe and our websites have to be translated without compromise on the SEO precision.

    @+big-one

  • Vincent Bidaux commented
    January 30, 2017 09:39

    1000 times yes :D The lack of this feature often leads to chose another platform than Webflow to develop a site.

    @marcel posted a mockup of mine in the first comment, but this can't be as simple as that.

    I've built several multi languages sites with Wordpress and Drupal and there is an essential notion of "sync". Basically, a post is created in one language and can or cannot appear as-is for the other languages (it's an option). Then it can be translated "exactly", meaning each field get to be translated (or elected to be used "as is" for example for a link, or a name..). Then those translated posts can be "unsynced" because they need specific content. "Translation" is a too technical term for what we want, the good one is "Localization" and or many reason, localizing an item sometimes requires it to become very specific, different from the original.

    Anyone who worked with the WPML plugin on Wordpress sees what I mean.

  • Paul Oram commented
    February 24, 2017 11:52

    This would solve the problem I have of having used up all my 20 collections - as i have created two for each (one dutch, one english). If this enabled me to save on my sum of collections then great!

  • Bo Simonsen commented
    May 15, 2017 16:48

    Dear Webflow, my cute CMS-lookalike,

    I have tried to get around your single-language principle. But there are so many drawbacks if I try to get my pages in two or more languages.

    That is why I'm giving up on you, Webflow, as we speak, sadly. Otherwise, you are such a neat system, but missing a dual-language/multi-language feature in a CMS makes you dead as a doornail for so many European sites.

    Solutions like Localizejs etc. is simply not acceptable because of the functionality and certainly also because of the price. Of course we need to keep the localizations the same place that we keep our web pages. Either at Webflow or on our own site server.

    Dear Webflow, I you decide to grow up and become a CMS, then please have a look at the adult CMS'es and make sure that a multi-language feature should _not_ be a separate page hierarchy. It should be one site map where each page can exist in one or more languages. At best it should be optional to keep the language differences to individual fields. Say, for instance, on a page with images where only the headline should be shown in more than one language. And make sure that when the user clicks on another language in any pages, then he/she will arrive at the exact same page for the other language.

    Anyway, dear Webflow, I loved you (I'm crying now), but you let me down with my most basic needs. So I'm leaving you.

    Bo
    from Denmark

  • Doğukan Uzak commented
    May 15, 2017 22:03

    I'm in awe! I did not check that if webflow supports Multi-Language and RTLs because of webflow being one the number one trending solutions on the web and also multi-language supports is the one thing that everything and every system has in common. It is something you assume it's available. I just started my 3 rd website in the last 2 weeks of using Webflow. I just started forcing my clients to make hosting here now I learn that there is not support for multi and when I emailed you about it, you suggest a paid system. It is not classy. I m stuck now. I just started to get a hang of this. I'm from Turkey and my clients require 3 or 4 languages on their sites. It is just not OK to have this feature.

  • Matti commented
    May 22, 2017 20:31

    Take your time, hurry up
    Choice is yours, don't be late.

  • Per Micael Nyberg commented
    May 23, 2017 08:55

    Any news on this? Multi-language sites would be absolute killer to have! As a Swede who lives and works in the APAC region, over a decade now, a majority of my clients and connections are from Asia. As of late my network have started to grow in the Far East, Anatolia and Russia as well. I'd love to have the option to provide my sites with multiple languages going forward. I know there are external workarounds like Multilingualizer and Bablic/Localize.js and whatnot but not I'm keen on footing an extra monthly bill just for language support if it can be avoided. Also I'd like to be able to stay and work within Webflow's comfy environment with an interface that I love and understand. 

  • Wim Timmermans commented
    May 24, 2017 10:51

    Totally need local language for dates. I am making a site in Dutch. I really need days being displayed. That is now only possible in english. That looks so amateurish I feel embarrassed about it.

    And it would be so much better if months could be displayed in local text instead of numbers. Displaying a date as 18/5/2017 is possible, but '18 mei 2017' processes my brain much better than 18/5/2017. Because the 5 needs to be translated in my head to come up with 'mei'. People say: let's make an appointment april 20. Or 20th of april. Never '20th of four' or 'four-twenty'. So date format is either not reader-friendly or I have to use english months which is amateurish. 

    Can't be that hard I would think...

     

  • Michal Tekiela commented
    June 21, 2017 14:09

    Customisable language code for individual static pages would be good enough for start.

    Currently we can set up only one tag for the whole site.

    We've started targeting another (non-english) market and lack of this option is just killing our SEO optimisation efforts :(

  • Koen Spaansen commented
    July 13, 2017 08:51

    If you are starting to do this, don't forget to give the ability to change the url structure also... that a must for Google!

  • Per Larsen commented
    August 25, 2017 14:30

    What's the status on this one? Approx. launch date, pls.?

  • Dante Scherrer commented
    October 6, 2017 21:34

    We design websites here in Switzerland and we use very often webflow. We have 4 different languages in our small country, so we need urgently a solution for multilanguage sites within webflow. 

    So please go ahead and give us this feature very soon, that would be great.

  • Piet Groot Kormelink commented
    October 16, 2017 13:01

    I was going to start with a project (and 2 more in the pipeline) but seeing that there is no multi-language support, i have to go look further.

    based in europe, so we need this feature!

    When this feature is available we can look again into your very cool platform. 

  • Olafur Josephsson commented
    October 26, 2017 10:31

    Please implement multi language support asap.

  • Marcus Franzen commented
    November 4, 2017 18:08

    Needed for europe!

  • Luke Dorny commented
    November 14, 2017 01:24

    Responded to the survey questions! Thanks!

  • Guido Jansen commented
    January 8, 2018 15:46

    I appreciate that Webflow is mainly a frontend/webdesigner tool, not meant for content-heavy multi-language websites (but as this thread shows, many would love to see the 2 merge). Building it properly will take quite some resources, while other systems might already have this figured out.

    Wouldn't it be an idea to let Webflow focus their valuable time on what the current system does best but enable an integration with headless CMS/content systems like Knack or Contentful?

    Resources/focus wise that would make much more sense to me. Just my 2 cents :)

  • Tansen BEL commented
    January 22, 2018 08:09
  • Jean-Francois Roberge commented
    January 30, 2018 14:57

    I develop a web server app to host websites, my customers could edit their web pages and make simple changes with an Html text editor. My client app allows you to change the current language, then just type the text in the current language (preferably :-)) and save your translation. This is all great if the website was created with my own system, but we are using Webflow with all of his awesome/great features. Now, you can export your website from Webflow (zip file), but you cannot import a website to Webflow!!!

    How, then, could you manage your translations? It would be great to have a very simple interface to manage languages with Webflow (simple for us, the customers), like I did with my server/client apps, just change the current language and type. I know it will take some time to implement it, but it will make our life soooooo easier!

    Following the same concept, it would be good to add a new type of user on Webflow, the type Translator with his only right will be to modify the text of a specific language

    I will be more than happy to help you guys to develop it :-)!

  • Adam Diament commented
    February 8, 2018 13:41

    I really want this feature - I run a digital agency and the lack of i18n is the one single reason I have not chosen to develop multiple recent client projects with Webflow, as it is a fantastic solution but i18n is a deal-breaker for most of my clients these days.

    Solutions like localize are very expensive (50 dollars a month minimum for only 2 languages)

  • Dan Gardiner commented
    February 8, 2018 14:12

    Would really like to see this move along. I have had too many clients requesting multi-language support. I would love Webflow to be the hub of all my web projects but without this feature - unfortunately, it won't be.

  • Rowan Hartsuiker commented
    February 13, 2018 21:24

    I'm so happy to learn this request is in planning/development. It's one of the most requested features of my clients. 

  • Koen Spaansen commented
    February 13, 2018 21:40

    ik denk toch dat we hier op moeten wachten voor DF!

    Koen Spaansen
    mail@koen.nl

    PageMyDay
    Witte Paal 302
    1742LD SCHAGEN

    www.pagemyday.nl

    Op 13 feb. 2018 om 21:35 heeft Webflow Wishlist (Linda Pham) > het volgende geschreven:

  • Karl Löfdahl commented
    February 14, 2018 08:08

    So glad to learn this is in planning!

  • John Pauli Koskimaa commented
    February 14, 2018 09:13

    This is a must have, almost ALL my clients are requesting multi-language these days. I really really hope this feature will be released as soon as possible in 2018!

  • Nicolas N commented
    February 14, 2018 11:55

    <3

    --
    Nicolas Nemni
    About me: www.nclx.io

  • Walery Litwinow commented
    April 23, 2018 17:29

    Hi guys when you are planing to deploy these feature? We need this very much! :)

     

  • Omri Ariav commented
    April 24, 2018 10:49

    I'm a new customer, making the choice if to choose webflow or wordpress... lack of multi-language support would force me to go with wordpress. Any ETA for this feature? 

  • Phase44 commented
    May 12, 2018 03:21

    I'm a new user to Webflow and have been impressed and had planned to slowly move all of my clients over but having just learnt that Webflow doesn't have multi-language built in, is a real downer. This will make me think again as quite a few of my WordPress sites are multi-language. I hope Webflow can fix this soon as I would love to stay with Webflow.

  • Karthik From envision commented
    May 18, 2018 10:35

    Hi, I see that this feature has been a planned feature for nearly a year now. Would really love to know what the status of this is? A lot of my website visitors are people with visual impairment who use screen readers. Not being able to add a language tag to my texts really messes with that making much of my website incomprehensible and inaccessible. This should not be an acceptable approach. I really look forward to hearing from you on this.

  • David Brühlmeier commented
    June 18, 2018 11:03

    I just found out about Webflow and I'm quite excited by its unique approach. However, the missing multi-language support is a killer for our project. The last update was 4 months ago. What's the current status?

  • Samuel Svensson commented
    July 5, 2018 14:07

    Is there an estimated date for this feature? Thanks for an awesome software.

  • Kai Uhlig commented
    July 9, 2018 09:50

    Our SEO-Expert is forcing us away from webflow, because we can't provide URLs for foreign languages!

  • Michal Tekiela commented
    July 12, 2018 12:33

    What's up with this option? It's really giving us hard times... :( Any good info around this? Any timeframe?

  • JBP commented
    July 17, 2018 10:28

    I need this one, located in Europe...
    To many languages over here :) 

  • Joe Pacal commented
    September 3, 2018 12:00

    I strongly support this.

    Have been enjoying Webflow, but multi-lingual support comes often with European clients.

    Looking forward to having this available in 2019!

  • Seed Studio commented
    September 19, 2018 04:18

    Support multilingual is super important if we can customize localization will be helpful for build website with Chinese, and I think zh market is really huge.

  • Antonio Grosz commented
    September 19, 2018 15:45

    I think i found a good and free way to do it. Check it out: https://forum.webflow.com/t/full-multi-language-site-easy-to-set-up-and-to-use/67398

  • Antonio Grosz commented
    September 19, 2018 15:46

    I think i found a good and free way to do it. Check it out: Multi Language Tutorial