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Help! How Do I Make My Website Have Two Different Languages?

Hello guys,I have a website but want to make it readable in two different languages, English and French.Please how do I code it? I don't want to insert any automated multilingual code translator.

Do I need to create two different folders in one directory?Help me out!

Check out this website (English and French versions all inclusive): www.mtn.cm

In anticipation!

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Good that you have at least realized that it can be done in more than one way. As a developer/programmer, it

is good to know the various options available so that you know what is best to choose from in any given job.

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Thanks anyway! I have learned a great deal already and will never stop doing so.

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@GDComms, glad I could be of help. I have no concrete idea how mtn.cm was done. From the link to the english version of the website, it appears it was done using CGI, which I have no idea about.

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For a site with few pages, dual core's method is the best. If the pages are very much like on a portal, then it is better to use frameworks like drupal and joomla.

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@Dual Core,but a site like this www.mtn.cm, which of the options have they used,any idea?

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I worked on a similar site like that (though a small site) so i decided to replicate the files in different folders. But i have to hire a translator that translated it into French for me. Its important you hire a translator for accuracy purpose because using a translator like google will just translate it word for word (you can imagine translating an idiomatic expression). You may check out the site http://enco-services.com

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The translation methods of joomla and drupal are very good. They help translate simple words and also sentences.

If they are complicated, you can display them directly. This is not a tutorial, so i cant get too explicit, you may check

google for those stuffs. However, the ultimate thing is to get a translator to assist you.

Immagine for instance, you create a mulilingual site where people can post stuffs in one languages and read it in another

language. . .how will you go about that?

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Go and use a proper framework like drupal or joomla with language packs to help you with the translation. Or employ

google translation services or pay someone to help you do it professionally

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Another way, which I will not recommend. Will be to build your site and replicate the site files in different folders. So for english you have the folder "en", for french you'll have the folder "fr". You can then have something like

Brother, this will just give you plenty headache during site maintenance. You can reduce the headache if all derivatives of the site share common stylesheet files. but its still headache.

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