One of the most successful platforms being used by online merchants has been Magento. The chief reasons being that it is free, has great features and can be customised as per the needs of the business. Now, amongst the main objectives of an online store lies its requirement to reach out to the largest possible number of customers. If your store is an unilingual one, there are high chances that you are losing out customers to your competitor who is having a multilingual site. Also, there are chances, you might not believe it — the cost of operating an unilingual site and a multilingual one is almost the same.
Create a multi-language store in Magento:
If you are having a website in Magento a Magento user, the seed on how to create a multi-language store in Magento 2 has already been sown in your mind by now. But what shall you achieve? It shall enable you to reach out to customers belonging to a market where the predominant language may be something other than English. Now, before you jump the gun, we have to ask the question, whether Magento 2 allows creation of multi-language stores. Thankfully for you, it does.
The first step: Download Language Packages
The first thing you need to do is to download the particular language packages which are required by you in order to setup your webstore. In order to do so, you have to go to Magento Marketplace and look for the pack extension which is required for the language.
Create a store view which is language specific:
You have already taken the first step on how to create a multi-language store in Magento 2. Also, you have chosen a language, so now you need a new store view for the language you have chosen. Things are not that complicated, all you have to do is to go to the Admin panel and arrive at All Stores using the path, Stores > Settings > All Stores.
When you hit the‘Create New Store’ button which is situated at the top of the page, you shall be made available options from where you have to select the store to which the new Store View will belong. Now, fill up the necessary fields and set the “Status” field to “enabled” and then save by clicking on the ‘Save Store View’ button which activates the Store View. This piece on Magento should be interesting as it contains related information.
Set a Locale:
In order to assign a particular locale to the just created Store view, go to Go to Stores > Settings > Configuration in the Admin panel as shown below.
In the upper left corner, change the “Store view” to the newly created one, which is French in this example. Also, in the “Locale options” section, select the language which you would want to be associated with this Store view. Save the changes by hitting the ‘Save Config’ button.
Well, you have covered a considerable part of your journey on how to create a multi-language store in Magento 2.
In my next post I am going to start with the part which concerns translating Magento 2 product descriptions.