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 backlog
CMS
  • 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!

  • L Dorny commented
    November 14, 2017 01:24

    Responded to the survey questions! Thanks!