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Translating Your Docs

Jarratt Isted Updated by Jarratt Isted

Translating your docs into multiple languages means you can help customers all over the globe. We've got a few handy tools built in to make it easy keep docs updated, whichever language your customers speak.

Multilingual is available on the Pro plan and above 🌍🌎🌏

Getting Started with Translating Your Docs

  1. You'll wanna make sure you've got multilingual enabled. Head to Settings > General and make sure:
    1. It's enabled, like so:
    2. You've got an additional language, like this:

You can add as many languages as you like, so go wild if you really wanna.

Now you've got multiple languages, you'll see a handy language switcher to the left. That'll let you switch your language from anywhere in the app.

You'll notice your first language will have (Default) next to it. This is your base language and you'll need to write every article in this language before you can translate it. Because of this we recommend choosing a language you're well versed in.

Context & Labels

Once you've switched language to one that isn't your base language (Français in the case above) you'll see some handy labels that let you know:

  • If you haven't translated that category or article (Translation Needed)
  • Which language this is referring to (FR)

In the article editor you'll also see a label letting you know which language this version is for:

Translating Your Categories

  1. Head to Content
  2. Select a language from the language selector dropdown
  3. Click Edit when hovering over a category
  4. Translate the Title and Description
  5. Hit Save Changes

Translating Articles

  1. Switch to the language you'd like to translate in
  2. Find the article you'd like to translate
  3. Translate the title, tags, meta, and article
  4. Click Mark Translated when you're happy with your translation. This will go green and say Translated when it's ready
  5. Hit Save to add it as a multilingual version of the article
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Changing Common Default Strings

After you've translated your articles, you'll wanna translate the common default strings (i18n). These include strings like Author, and How Did We Do? and Contact.

We provide default translations out of the box for French, German, Dutch, and Spanish. Just click Reset to Defaults.
  1. Head to Settings i18n
  2. Select the language in the dropdown you'd like to translate into
  3. Write your translated strings and hit Save

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