Multilingual web development has become a necessity for every firm that thinks of growth in future. No one wants to restrict their business to a tiny tea stall. Everyone wants to grow big and to have a huge clientele all over the world. This is why even if the present state of business happens to be small; many entrepreneurs are already going for multilingual web development.
How to design a multi lingual site?
Website designing is a very critical as well as creative field. However, when it comes to Multilingual Website Design, the difficulty is increased manifold. This is because while you were earlier focusing on one particular language speaking group, you will now have to channelize your energies to not one but multiple groups speaking different languages and each having a different social background.
So, how to go about it?
It might seem scary at first but once you have decided to go for it, there is no need to worry. Bear the following tips in mind and you will find it wasn’t so difficult after all!
Research and background analysis
Everything boils down to the simple fact that if you know the background well you will be able to perform in a much better way. So, to initiate with your multi lingual website design you must necessary conduct a thorough research regarding:
- Your personal growth plan
- The places that you wish to cater to
- Where is the concentration of your potential clientele
- How many languages do you want to incorporate
- How different are the cultural connotations of each of these languages
Once you know the answers to these questions, the rest will be pretty simple.
Picture Oriented site
Because language is posing a problem and sometimes a lot can be lost in translation, incorporate as many pictures as you can on your site. You want your audience to be able to understand you full well. Do not leave any room for ambiguity or doubt which can prove to be a big problem later for both you and your buyer.
However, make sure that your pictures aren’t too heavy. The heavier your site is the more time it will take to open. Also you never know the kind of data speed a customer will be looking up your site in, so do not make it heavy and clumsy.
Do away with music
I do understand that some sites do very well with a back ground score, however, a multi lingual site should stay away from it. You never know what kind of music will the customer like to listen to and there’s no point in forcing him to listen to what you have chosen for him.
If your website is sound oriented and you must have much, make sure that there is an option to turn it up or down so that the customer can choose to shut it off if or low if he doesn’t feel the need for it.