Developers have different reasons for choosing to develop in multiple languages. Some are motivated by specific requirements, while others may feel more comfortable with one language. But in any case, developers who use several languages see more motivational value. In this study, we looked into the pros and cons of multi-language software development. What we found was that developers overwhelmingly preferred multi-language software to single-language applications. Here’s a breakdown of the most common reasons for using multiple languages in development:
First, make sure the website supports multiple languages. Websites that support more than one language should include auto-detect technology to determine which language is spoken by the visitor. When translating from one language to another, users should always have the option to change to the other. However, there are nuances to consider. For example, some countries have different official languages. This can cause visitors to be confused by similar flag icons. It’s also important to ensure that visitors know the language they’re reading.
Second, ensure that the website’s design is recognizable. A recognizable design will reinforce the brand and reduce headaches when updating a multi-language website. A prominent location for language switching is key. Most multi-language websites place their language switchers at the footer or header, making them easy to find. A site with a drop-down in these areas is the most readable. Once you’ve installed a multi-language plugin, you can choose to use a new theme or update the existing website.