Wix Multilingual: An Overview

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With Wix Multilingual, you can attract audiences from multiple locales to your site and business. Your business might be located in a popular tourist destination. Or, due to the accessibility of the internet, your site may attract an audience that spans far beyond your neighborhood, state, or even country. 
Wix Multilingual supports over 180 languages. You have the choice of translating your site manually by entering your own translations, or automatically with the help of our Auto-translate option.
When it comes to customization, you can tailor each language version and its language menu to suit your locale and language direction. You can even adjust your SEO settings per language, to improve your site's search ranking.
A screenshot of a live site showing the language menu.

How Does it Work?

Once you're finished building the site in your main language, enable Wix Multilingual.
In the process of adding and setting up the app, you choose your secondary languages, its flags and relevant locale. At this point, you can also decide whether to make your secondary language visible, or keep it hidden until you're completely finished translating. Then, you have the option of translating your site manually or automatically.
Screenshot of Add a new language options in the Multilingual dashboard.
However you decide to localize your content, Wix Multilingual creates duplicate versions of your site in your chosen languages. You can access these versions from the same Editor and tailor them individually.
As you continue to grow your business, you may make changes to your site. Changes to your site like adding a page or a new element are automatically applied to all language versions to maintain a consistent look – you just need to adjust the translation to your target locale. 
Language versions of your site are only accessible to visitors once set to visible and published.

Languages available

Wix Multilingual supports over 180 languages, according to the ISO 639-1 international standard.
A gif of the Add a language section in the Multilingual Dashboard showing the languages available in the Language drop-down.

Manage your languages

The Multilingual Dashboard is your center for managing your multilingual site. From here, you can manage all your site languages. Easily add, hide and remove languages, translate your apps, and adjust your site's multilingual settings.
Learn more about:

Localize your site's content

Once you add new languages to your site, you can start translating the content. You can translate most elements directly from the language version in your Editor, but some Wix apps are translated through the Multilingual dashboard. 
Click below to learn more about each option:
When editing a language version, you can see a bar indicating you're in Translation Mode. From here, you can easily navigate between language versions and auto-translate your site.
A screenshot of the Translation Mode bar.
Wix Multilingual is currently not available to use on Test Sites.

Customize your visitors' navigation experience

The Language Menu is what your site visitors use to switch from one language to another. The menu appears in your Editor as soon as you add Wix Multilingual. Customize it to perfectly suit your site's style. 
You can choose if you want your menu in a dropdown style or not, and if you want to show flags, languages, or both. You can also customize the design for the regular, hover and clicked versions of the menu.
A screenshot of a Language Menu on a live site.

Optimize SEO for your language versions

Wix Multilingual lets you optimize your SEO settings for each language individually. This means you can tailor your strategy for different locales and strengthen your online presence.
Each language version of your site also has its own subdomain that includes the language code. This creates a professional look for your site, and it also helps with SEO and using analytics.
You also have the option to change your URL structure to improve your search ranking. There are three options available; subdirectories, subdomains, and language parameters. Learn more about the benefits and risks of changing your URL structure
A Gif of language specific content being entered into the SEO Settings panel in the Editor.