If you have fans in different locations or you sing in two languages you may want a bilingual or multilingual website. With our built-in tools you can set your website buttons and default messages to English, French, Spanish, or German.

You can also set up your site content in one or more languages, but this requires a bit more time since the content must be duplicated. This article covers:

  • How to set your website’s default language (English, French, Spanish, or German)
  • How to create a translated version of your website (3 options)
  • How to create a site using bilingual pages (2 options)
  • How to create two websites (one for each language)

In this article we refer to English as your primary language but you can choose the languages of your choice.

Note: Most browsers offer the option to quickly translate website pages for visitors. If you’d rather not translate the whole website manually you can add a note at the top of your website in each language with a link to the steps to have the visitor’s browser automatically translate the content.

How to change the ‘Site language’ option:

Some text displayed on your website in buttons and features is automatically generated. This text can easily be changed to another language. We currently offer that default text in English, French, Spanish, and German.

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, click ‘Pages’
  2. Select ‘Site-wide settings’ below the list of pages
  3. On the ‘Site profile’ tab, choose ‘English, French, Spanish, or German’ from the ‘Site language’ dropdown menu
  4. Click ‘Save’

Note: The 'Site language' option affects all the site buttons, confirmation messages, and receipts issued for purchases. It does not translate the page titles, text features, or other content added to your website. Follow the steps below to translate the rest of your website.

Website Translation (Separate pages per language)

This option allows you to have one set of pages for your first language and second set of pages for the second language. You can set up as many sets of pages as you’d like but you will need to translate and update each page manually. There are three options for this style.

Note: The number of pages you can add to your website is determined by your plan type.

OPTION 1

This option allows you to set up just two main menu buttons - one for each language. All your pages for English will be listed under the first menu button and all your pages for the second language will be listed under the second menu button.

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, add two main pages
  2. Title one ‘Home-English’ and the other ‘Home - [Second language]’
  3. Add the homepage content to each respective page
  4. Click ‘Pages’ and add your first English subpage (For example: Bio)
  5. Continue adding subpages until you complete all the English pages under the ‘Home-English’ main menu button
  6. Repeat these steps to add all the subpages under your ‘Home - [Second language]’ main menu button

OPTION 2

This option allows you to set up all your main menu buttons in English, then add the corresponding subpage to each page. The navigation will be one main menu item per page, with one dropdown per menu button, in the second language.

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, add all your main English pages
  2. Add each corresponding second language subpage to each main page

OPTION 3

This option allows you to set up all your main menu buttons in English, then at the top of each page you can link to the corresponding second language page. This allows your primary language to be the focus but gives the option to link to the second language. The navigation will look like a regular website menu.

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, add all your main English pages
  2. Add each corresponding second language page as a ‘not in menu’ page
  3. On each main page, at the top of the page, add a link to the corresponding second language ‘not in menu’ page

Website Translation (Two languages on the same page)

This option allows you to have one set of pages for both your languages. There are two options in this style.

OPTION 1

This option allows you to set up both languages stacked on the same page.

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, add all your English main pages

    Note: The page titles can be in English, or hyphenated with the second language. If hyphenated a Spanish homepage might look something like this: ‘Home - Inicio’ or ‘Home | Inicio’

  2. Within the content area of the page, click ‘Add Feature’, and add all your content in English

  3. Under the English content, click ‘Add Feature’ and add the same content in your second language
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 to add as many features as you’d like to each column and page

Note: You can use a new section or add a divider line to separate the two languages.

OPTION 2

This option allows you to set up both languages side-by-side on the same page.

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, add all your English main pages

    Note: The page titles can be in English, or hyphenated with the second language. If hyphenated a Spanish homepage might look something like this: ‘Home - Inicio’ or ‘Home | Inicio’

  2. Add a second column to the page

  3. Click ‘Add Feature’ and add all your English content to one column
  4. Click ‘Add Feature’ and add all your second-language content to the second column
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 to add as many features as you’d like to each column and page

Language-specific sites

This option allows you to create two separate accounts: one for the English version of the site and one for the second-language version of the site. The intro page on both accounts would have an "enter English site" option, as well as a link to "enter second language site". This is a good option for people who want a domain name for each language site.

After you have your first Bandzoogle account set up, you can set up your second account.

How to add a new website to your account:

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, click the arrow next to your username in the top right corner
  2. Select ‘Account Details’ from the dropdown menu
  3. Enter the new project name and click the ‘Create new website’ button
  4. Complete the 3-step sitebuilder

This will start a free 30 day trial for your second website. Once this new site is upgraded to a paid plan, it will be billed separately.

Note: In order to create an additional website, your first site must be on a paid plan. Additional websites cannot be created on accounts that are using the Free Trial plan.