Multilingual Drupal Sites – 5 Must Know Factors

  • By : Moeedul Hussain
  • Date : 26-10-2016

Multilingual Drupal sites can be the turning points for any business! They can change the way customers, page visitors, or clients look upon a business. However, before converting an existing site into a multilingual site, one must know the answers to some pre-defined questions.

Firstly, why to have multilingual website? Secondly, what should be translated? Thirdly, who are the target audience? Fourthly, when is the right time and which Content Management System (CMS) should be used to translate content? Once you find answers to these, you can get started with building multilingual websites. While you have made a decision to build a multilingual site, here are 5 must know factors that makes multilingual Drupal sites better than sites built on other CMS frameworks:

Drupal CMS Promises High Potential

Drupal is not the only choice to develop a multilingual site; there are an array of available choices in the market! However, unlike Drupal; especially Drupal 8, none of them offers you the authority to edit all the content in one place.

Drupal development services promise an array of options that makes it easy to build a multilingual website. One of which is, with Drupal CMS, you can manage a number of sites in different languages at a time.

Drupal Offers Numerous Built-in Features

For a site with visitors from different language backgrounds, it simply cannot rely on a CMS with single language format! Drupal CMS comes with in-built multilingual capabilities and features, and can solve complexities with ease.

Considering all these, going with Drupal CMS makes it much easier for a site to fulfil the needs and requirements of its different types of users. To add to this, as compared to the previous Drupal releases, Drupal 8 offers a significant number of features that simplify the building process of a multilingual website.

Drupal CMS Requires Minimal Resources

Drupal reduces the man-hours required in developing a multilingual website with a set of more than 90 in-built languages. Its linguistic in-built features reduce the amount of resources required to translate almost any regional languages and implement them within a site.

Irrespective of the work load, Drupal CMS promises high scalability and zero glitch in performance. Also, maintaining a Drupal integrated multilingual website is extremely easy and can be accomplished even by a beginner

Drupal offers great flexibility

‘Language Auto-Detection’ and ‘Auto-Downloading of Interface Translations’ are two of the most intriguing and recently-added features of Drupal! With these features, it can translate everything that is visible on the front-end of a multilingual website.

Furthermore, it also allows configuring menu settings, field values, taxonomies, nodal values, and other entities based on the language selected. Even if you select a default language, it would not affect the visibility of the front-end as Drupal is capable of switching to the currently selected language without any external taxonomy used.

Some More Features Unique to Drupal

In addition to all the above mentioned facts and features, Drupal also offers some of the new features like:

  • Twig: A new theming engine based on PHP, Twig is extremely fast, secure, flexible, and is ideal to build sites with multiple functionalities.
  • Device Friendly Backend: Unlike previous versions of Drupal, the recent version - Drupal 8, can be managed, regulated and administered from smartphones, tablets, and other similar devices.
  • Responsive Images: Drupal 7 came with an advantage of resizing images automatically. With Drupal 8, users can go one step ahead as it offers responsive images; to use various styles according to the device size and resolution.
  • Views: With this feature as a part of core, Drupal 8 allows a user to edit existing pages, create new pages, sections for admins, and blocks with an ease.
  • CKEditor: Text editor was lacking in the previous versions of Drupal. However, the latest Drupal 8 comes with an in-built CKEditor that makes it easy to edit and update texts in easy and simple steps.

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