In this blog post, our team will share some of the things to consider when translating a website from German to English.
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Jimdo is a WYSIWYG website builder (“what you see is what you get”) which is heavily used in Germany by many small and medium enterprises. While Jimdo allows non-technical people to quickly create a good looking and attractive website it doesn’t come with built-in first class support for translations.
The recommendation from Jimdo for translating your website is to use a custom folder structure. However, there are significantly better solutions for this. In this blog post we will show you a better and more complete solution to translate your Jimdo website.
Why you shouldn’t use a custom folder structure for translating your Jimdo website
Jimdo’s documentation advises you to create a custom folder structure for your website translation. The folder structure would then have to be added to your website navigation. This has several downsides:
- You need to manually copy all pages for each language and keep the content synchronised. This can easily result in outdated content.
- Search engines will be unable to know where to find the translated version of which page. This results in your content being heavily down ranked on search engines and thus negatively affecting your business growth.
- There is a limit on the amount of navigation entries that you can have on Jimdo. This approach will limit your content that you can fit onto your website and can cause an issue in the mid- to long-term.
So while using a custom folder structure does indeed work, and for very small and unimportant websites may be an option, there are serious drawbacks to this approach. We would advise you to make sure to check the alternatives before going down this route.
How to translate your Jimdo website
A better option for translating your Jimdo website is by using a website translation software such as Dilingual. Dilingual enables you to quickly and easily translate your Jimdo website.
With Dilingual you do not need to manually maintain copies of your website, as the platform automatically detects new content and translates it for you. You can obviously review and edit all translations using a modern user interface.
Dilingual will also ensure that your website is optimised for search engines (SEO), this ensures that your website will be visible to an international audience.
And the best of it? Dilingual is free and can be set up within seconds. If you ever encounter any questions our support team is always happy to help.