Episerver 10: Multilingual Features

February 23, 2017 Ayman El Badawy

Episerver continually releases new tools and features to enhance productivity and content management processes with each new version. They also continue to expand language support functionality and improve multilingual content capabilities. Version 10 is no exception.

Local and Shared Blocks

In version 10, Episerver introduced a new way to handle content for local and shared blocks. Blocks are simply a reusable component that can hold different formats of content. Local blocks are limited to the boundary of one page, but shared blocks can be shared between any of the pages in the CMS. So, based on this, the configuration requirements are now extended to include blocks and not only pages, as was the case in the 6R2 version.

Interface Languages Support

According to the Episerver website, the CMS interface supports, by default, the following languages:

  • English

  • Swedish

  • Danish

  • German

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Dutch

  • Norwegian

  • Portuguese

  • Finnish

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

Additional language files can be created for other languages. The content of the CMS user interface is stored in XML languages files.

CMS Internationalization (i18n)

Episerver allows CMS globalization by logging in as the administrator, and from the configuration tab, selecting System Settings and checking Enable Globalization.

CMS Localization (L10n)

To localize Episerver, all properties that hold content must be set up as Unique per Language in order to display multiple languages. To do this, follow these steps:

Log in as Admin > select Content Type > then go to each item under Page and Block Types and check the properties that belong to each item.

Make sure that each cell under the localized header displays the word Yes and is not empty. The properties that don't deal with content can be skipped.

Fallback and Replacement Features

To instruct Episerver how to handle cases such as when specific languages are not available for certain pages or blocks CMS Fallback and Replacement needs to be enabled.

Side by Side Editing

To facilitate editing, Episerver provides a feature to view side by side the source and target language.

Pages and Blocks

Blocks is a feature added in version 7.5 to facilitate content management. A block has two main types: public and private. Simply the public block is created and saved as a standalone item and then can be used in several pages or even inside another block. A private block is used only within a page and cannot be accessed or re-used from another page or block. The localization process for blocks follows the same approach like page, which facilitates the translation process for the CMS content.

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About the Author

Ayman El Badawy

Manager, Technical Delivery - Global Software Practice. Ayman is a native Arabic speaker with extensive expertise in Arabic software and website localization. He is a Microsoft Certified professional (MCP) since 2001 and earned several certificates including MCSD, MCAD, MCTS and MCPD. He has over 12 years’ experience in software / websites engineering using Microsoft Programming tools including C#, ASP.NET, SQL Server, Visual Studio and other tools such as HTML, JavaScript, XML, Ajax and others.

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