More Flexible Settings For Your Multi-Language Blog

We've loosened restrictions in blog settings so you can have different templates, comment settings, and more, for your different blog languages. These updates will ensure that you avoid mixed language blog content, and will help long-time blog users adopt some of our new multi-language blog functionality. With the new blog settings, you can now....

Set a different template for each language used on a blog.

By setting a different template for each language used in a blog, you'll avoid mixed language content issues on your blog.

  • Navigate to Blog settings
  • Select the blog you want to edit
  • Choose your language (or add a language)
  • Go to the Templates tab to select a template

If you don't yet have a blog template in the language you need, create that template by cloning your existing blog template and editing the content.
Many templates use global content (especially in headers and footers). This means you might be able to translate much of your template directly in the editor, using the multi-language global content editor.

Set different options for each language variant of your blog's comments, social sharing, and Google AMP settings.

You can now have different settings for a language variant of your blog and the primary language blog. For example, maybe you only want social sharing on for your English blog because you don't have a French or Spanish social presence. To set different options for language variants of your blog, simply select the "Override primary blog settings" within settings.

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Create an individual blog post that isn't in the blog's primary language and isn't part of a multi-language group of posts.

You can now publish a one-off blog post in a different language than your blog's primary language. For example, if you want to publish one Spanish post on an English blog, you can  do so without needing to have an English version of that post first. Simply select the language you want to create your post in when you go to create the new post.   

Set a multi-language blog post to be the primary post for a multi-language group of posts, or remove it from its multi-language group.

You now have more granular control over the primary language variant of a multi-language group of posts. On the blog dashboard, expand a multi-language group of posts, click "more" and you'll see the option to make a language variant the primary post of the group, or remove it from the group all together.

Note: Identifying a primary blog post is only for internal organization purposes. Having your blog post as a primary post or language variant will not impact the public facing blog post. However, the grouping of translated posts is important. The grouping will automatically set the hreflang alternate meta tags and allow visitors to use the language switcher to navigate between language variants of the same post.  

You can also make the language variant of an entire blog the primary version of that blog. For example, you could make the Spanish version of your blog the primary version, instead of the English version. If you were to do this, the Spanish template of your blog would be selected each time you created a net new blog post. To change the primary version of your blog, navigate to Blog Settings, choose the language variant you want to edit, click 'Actions' and select "Make primary blog of multi-language group"

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Combine Existing Blogs 

If you had created a separate blog in order to write a Spanish version of your English blog, you can now combine those blogs to take advantage of our new multi-language functionality. To combine existing blogs, go to blog settings and select the blog you want to add as a language variant of another existing blog. Under the Actions button, click Add to multi-language group. Select the blog you'd like to use as the primary blog for the group.

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Note: Once you've combined blogs, you will need to manually group together language variants of posts so visitors can toggle between different variants using the language switcher, and to ensure your hreflang alternate meta tags are set appropriately. 

These updates are now available for all CMS Hub & Marketing Hub Professional & Enterprise customers.

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