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In Nov-2022, Webflow announced plans to add multilingual support. Currently we have the ability to set a site-wide language code only.

What is Multilingual Support?

I'm going to divide multilingual support into 5 levels;

  1. The ability to change the displayed language with a language selector, and to have translated content appear based on the new selection.
  2. Plus, full path and SEO support. Language dirs like /jp, or subdomains, like zh.mysite.com. Body lang attributes for each page translation, and hreflang links to alternate translations.
  3. Plus, advanced support. Localized paths. Multi-language sitemap.xml.
  4. Plus, content management and translation support.
  5. Plus, team, 3rd party translator, and workflow support.

As of Nov-2022, Webflow is barely over level 1 on that scale. You can create multilingual pages, and you can create a navigator to switch between them. The only way to create a "mostly complete" multilingual site properly would be to host a separate Webflow site for each translation, e.g. mysite.com, de.mysite.com, es.mysite.com, and to do a lot of linking work.

Then you can set the language code for each translated site, site-wide.

Multilingual Options

Multilanguage options for Webflow 2023 - Solid article, on Polyflow's site

It's not known when full multilingual support will become available, so in the meantime, we have these options;

WeGlot

The most widely established solution so far, and historically, it appears to be favored by Webflow users. However it has some known SEO issues with hreflang links.

https://weglot.com/

PolyFlow

Newly announced? Nice integration with the Webflow designer, seems to be designed specifically for Webflow.

https://www.polyflow.co/en

Forum announcement 25-Nov-2022.

I believe the polyflow site itself is based on Webflow + Polyflow

Note;

  • Appears to always redirect languages to a subdir, including the default language.
  • The Polyflow site does not appear to have a sitemap.xml, or a manifest.json. Not sure what that means for e.g. redirects, and SEO.
  • Body lang attribute observed
  • Language hreflang links observed
  • > I suspect this is why even the base language is "mirrored", since Polyflow would need to modify that page

Sygnal's Multilingual Toolset

Suitable for very small sites, and simple translation needs.

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