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Multilingual Sites using K2 and T3 with Falang

3 years 8 months ago #125805 by hfrederick
I've been using Joomla for years with old com_content and mod_languages but have never used K2, T3 (template by Joomlabamboo) and Falang (). You can see the Dev Site: www.entreversity.com

I've looked everywhere and there are a lot of old resources. But have found none that incorporate my needs.

I have watched Steve's excellent "Joomla Multilingual Sites" video and I have the languages and content languages installed.

But Steve's tutorial diverged from my needs at at "Updating an Existing Site" 8'40" at the point of:

(1) creating an English Homepage because for me the Menu Item Type should be K2 item not Featured article. And then (2) installing the Joomla language switcher module because I know that Falang had its own language switcher module.

Now I'm trying to figure out the workflow from here.

If I'm correct, I should begin by batching-copying my MainMenu and into an English Menu AND a Spanish Menu (then translating the items there).

Or do I have to create Homepages and associations first?

My goal here is to construct a Text Course in Joomla Multilingual Sites using K2 and T3 with Falang. Thanks everyone~!

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3 years 8 months ago #125820 by Valentin
Replied by Valentin on topic Multilingual Sites using K2 and T3 with Falang
Hi hfrederick,
I assume you're taking this class , right?

Making a multilingual site in Joomla 3 doesn't require third party extensions, so Falang is not mandatory here. It should work with any template unless you add some text through T3 settings directly; that content can't be reachable with the native multi language support.

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3 years 8 months ago #125843 by hfrederick
Replied by hfrederick on topic Multilingual Sites using K2 and T3 with Falang
Thanks for that Valentin. Yes, I'm taking that course. Yes, I know you don't need extra extensions or templates. But I think a serious multilingual site would use something like Falang to manage all the pages and would use K2 to extend Joomla functionality in the content area. Yes, you can do a whole multilingual site with Protostar, Jooomla content, and languages. I'm just saying I'm trying to develop a state of the art website that has content in more than three languages. So I'll keep working on this and report back to you. If anyone else wants to get in on this kind of development, please let me know here. Most of the resources are pretty outdated (e.g. docs.joomla.org/Language_Switcher_Tutorial ). The idea is at the end to have a Text Tutorial to build a multilingual site with K2 and Falang. Best.

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3 years 8 months ago #125845 by Nick
Hi hfrederick,

But I think a serious multilingual site would use something like Falang to manage all the pages and would use K2 to extend Joomla functionality in the content area. Yes, you can do a whole multilingual site with Protostar, Jooomla content, and languages. I'm just saying I'm trying to develop a state of the art website that has content in more than three languages.


That's not necessarily so. Each (i.e. core versus an extension that replaces a core feature) is its own approach with its own pros, cons, and considerations. When you choose the core vs an extension like K2 or Falang, you're basically choosing one or the other (i.e. Joomla core or the way the extension does it). Those two extensions don't build onto of the Joomla core system, but rather replace it (e.g. K2 replaces com_content).

So basically you're going to have to go with the Joomla Multilingual core approach or Falang's approach, the Joomla core content approach or K2.

Many professionals choose to stick closely to the Joomla core paradigm, while many others choose K2 or Falang. You have good options either direction.

We have a class on each topic that covers the pros and cons, except for Falang. We have the following blog post for Falang instead:
www.ostraining.com/blog/joomla/multi-lingual-joomla/

Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any questions and we'll be glad to answer.

Kind regards,
Nick

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