Internationalization is the process of designing and implementing a website with flexibility in how it handles language, text, number formatting, and other details that differ by culture. This makes it cheaper and easier to localize a website to different languages and cultures later.

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Can I have HTML link element both in headers and sitemap?

For a multilingual site In my sitemap I am using: <url> <loc>http://www.xxxx/en</loc> <changefreq>daily</changefreq> <xhtml:link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" ...
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Website localization when using the same domain

I'm thinking of a website which is basically the following: users can push some pins on a map with some text and additional information regarding the location they are pinning other users can see ...
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multiple languages same pages shall I change the page URL path as well?

We own multiple country code top-level domains for our website e.g DE, UK ,FR. When someone visits for one of those domains they redirect to .com and the language automatically changes for the ...
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Do I have duplicate content issues to be worried about? [duplicate]

We built a website targeting different regions but with the same English language (Ireland, England and America). The content for the most part is the same set up on 3 different subfolders. ...
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Using microdata itemprop and itemtype for non-English websites

How should I use microdata itemprop and itemtype for non-English websites? Is there a way to define vocabulary for non-English websites, and what itemprop values can be used? Are itemprop values self ...
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Patterns for creating a Language Switcher?

I'm a big fan of the book The Design Of Sites which has patterns for diverse things needed in webmastering and site design. However the topic about translation, localization and internationalization ...
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Sitemaps: rel=“alternate” hreflang=“x” naming

I'm creating a Sitemap for rel="alternate" hreflang="x", but no where in Google's guidelines do they mention how it should be named. Also can we reference it separately in the robots.txt file, or does ...
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Is implementing rel=“alternate” hreflang=“x” mark up the right thing to do here?

We have a website for a restaurant that is in 5 different countries, all pages are in English at present: http://www.example.com/bangkok/en/ http://www.example.com/dubai/en/ ...
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How to implement hreflang on a single domain?

Large amounts of a company's (English) content are duplicated across the following ccTLDs: example.co.uk example.com example.au example.ie example.co.nz The issue is that, realistically, we can ...
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300, 302, 303 or 307 redirect for international site?

A company website offers the same products and pages (more or less) across different countries. It's a mess; they use a mix of subdirectories, subdomains and ccTLDs for international sites: ...
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PayPal buy now button to charge different amount depending on the country the user is from

Customers to my website who are from the USA need to pay more P&P then UK customers. How do I make a PayPal button which charges a different amount depending on the country the user is from?
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Combining hreflang links, canonical tags and xml:lang on multilingual, multiregional and multi-subdomains websites?

I have a multilingual and multiregional (using different subdomains) website and I'm not sure how to handle those 3 elements. To summarize here are the hreflang links that I generate on each page ...
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Can I choose two geographic target countries for my website?

I have a website, the main target audience from two countries. In the Google Webmaster Tools you just can choose one location. Do I need to do something or just leave it alone?
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SEO implications of having multiple languages available at same URL

I am in the process of translating a set of websites to multiple languages. Would there be any negative implications if I were to serve each different language from identical URLs? I fully intend to ...
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Test different timezones

What is a simple way to temporarily change the timezone in Chrome so as to test how a site renders for different locations? On OSX Mountain Lion, I've tried as bash script with: export ...
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About the semantically related words Google's algorithm uses in mixed language websites

Because I'm Latin, sometimes I use a word in English while talking in Spanish. In a website, for example, I could be interested in ranking for a word as “promoter” inside a page in Spanish, because ...
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Which domain better for language version?

My company is based in Russia and it's website is mycompany.ru. Now, we are planning to launch German language version and we have option for two domains: mycompany.de germankeyword.ru Which one ...
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How do I make dotCMS pick up the preferred language from the browser's settings?

I have a bilingual dotCMS site. Switching between languages with the pulldown at the top of the page works great, but the default language is always English (or whatever else I configure). I'd much ...
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Separate URLs for localised content

Should pages which are almost identical, bar a few minor changes for particular locations, share the same URL? I am not talking of pages in different languages, but pages which have minor differences ...
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Will duplicate international (i18n) content hinder SEO rankings?

Google clearly states that duplicate content within a single, or multiple, domains is not advised. This is understood, but I am not sure of any exceptions for sites with region-specific content that ...
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How to maximize SEO of an internationalized website? [closed]

I am developing a website that should be multi languages. I would like your opinions about what the best way to do it, considering get the most SEO possible. I have these alternatives: Altarnative ...
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How can I view localized versions of my site?

We are adding internationalization to our site. We are getting the client's IP address from the headers and looking it up against the IP2location database to get the client's country. Several of ...
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How can I compile an IP address to country lookup database to make available for free?

How would I go about compiling an accurate database of IP addresses and their related countries to make available as an open source download for any web developer who wants to perform a geographic IP ...
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How to translate Umlauts and other International characters to US character set? [closed]

Is there a "translation table" that shows how International characters map to the US character set. For example, German umlauts can be translated like: ä = ae ö = oe ü = ue or French characters ...
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link rel=“alternate”, multiple languages and canonical urls

Context: We've got a website which is available in multiple language versions. However, the content is the same. Each translated version of the site is available on a distinct subdomain. On some ...
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Should I transliterate my URL paths?

I looked around and can't find any info on this, I must be searching the wrong terms or something because it must be a common question. If you have non-ASCII characters in your URLs, Firefox and ...
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Will loading meta tags dynamically from a database hurt the site?

I have a website (ASP.NET MVC) which has its contents mainly in Sinhala language. So the search engines will list my site only when someone searches for Sinhala words. But,I need to list my site's ...
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How to use the canonical tag for multiregion websites and duplicate content

We want to use the canonical tag for an multiple region website with the same content. For Example: www.example.com/services.htm www.example.com/uk/services.htm Then if we use the canonical tag ...
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Site structure changes possibly led to ranking losses

Problem Last monday we changed our german only site from using wordpress to our own multi-lingual rails app. Since then our rankings dropped dramatically. I would like to know if the the recent ...
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Should I have a separate URL for each language and each page? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I structure my urls for both SEO and localization? Please be specific, I already plan to change the language based on the Accept Language header, and then any ...
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Value of the HTML5 lang attribute

I'm working on a website which will offer localized content following the language+region approach as described on this W3.org page (e.g. fr-CA for Canadian French content, and fr-FR for "French ...
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Multiple domains with one host - SEO point of view

Lets say I currently own the mycompanyname.com domain. After some time, I found that it's very hard to rank at the top of the SERPs. After searching, I find there is domain that matches one of my ...
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Where can I get ISO lists for continent, country, and currency to use on my web pages?

I have done quite a bit of looking around, and found several lists based on the ISO standards, but of dubious quality, e.g. with null or blank entries, extra entries that are not real currencies etc. ...
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“good” way to redirect users and robots for internationalization?

I have a website in Spanish and English. When there isn't any subdomain selected the preferred language is taken from the browser preferred language or a cookie. I have the following URLs ...
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Is the Mailchimp API available in other languages?

I'm using the Mailchimp API in combination with PHP and jQuery to provide the subscribing/unsubscribing-actions on a website via Ajax. On errors with user data you get useful messages like "Invalid ...
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SEO & Multilingual: would be this a good practise?

I am currently making a bilingual website and I'd like to get nice SEO results of course. Here's my idea: The internal links would be composed of the "www" subdomain so that people can share links ...
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What are pitfalls in SEO when internationalizing a website? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Ranking Factors Are Used For International Search? There are 2 basic ways I have been looking into to make a website multilingual: 1. subdirectory/subdomain ...
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Can duplicate content on a .com and a .co.uk site impact google ranking? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? Can you please tell me if launching a .co.uk version of an English .com site can cause ...
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Facelets SEO advice

Before I deploy the new version of my site, I would like to know a little more about facelets and SEO. My previous version of site was written in JSF and I noticed that when I submitted it to the ...
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SEO considerations for multilingual websites [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get search engines to crawl my site and see a localised view of my data? I'm developing a website that will be translated into two languages: English and ...
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Language Specific URLs for SEO

I'm currently building a website that is not targeted to an English speaking audience. So my thoughts are that if I were to make the URLs in the language of choice (in this case Spanish) then would ...
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Chinese CAPTCHAs

I need to implement a CAPTCHA for a Chinese (Simplified) website. Does anyone know how CAPTCHAs are normally presented on Chinese sites? I have seen some which just display standard decimal numbers ...
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A JavaScript Rich Editor That Doesn't Convert Non-ASCII Text to Character Entities?

I am working on a site for Spanish speakers, and I am looking for a UTF-8 enabled JavaScript Rich Text Editor that preserves non-ascii characters as text, instead of entity encoding. That is, when I ...
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How do URLs work in a country with non-latin chars?

How do URLs work in other countries? Let's say India or China that use non A-Z characters. Do they use English terms in the URL? Or can they write characters in urls like: सच्चाई.html
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What's the best TLD for a personal, international website? [closed]

I'd like to register a domain for myself. On it, I'll publish SciFi stories that I'm writing. The stories will be available in English and German (the two languages that I know) but if fans want to ...
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SEO consequences for merging country sites in a .com

I am in the process of refactoring a number of rental portals I've built for a company with locations in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Instead of the current setting of each ...
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Right “time” for publishing on multinational/global websites?

I have a website on which I publish a daily update. Its just german, so Germany/Austria/Switzerland which all share the same timezone. So the system always publishes the daily new content at ...
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Language prefixes

Based on other discussions on this site and elsewhere, using flags to identify languages is the path to madness. Nevertheless, I need an easy way to identify the language of individual content items ...
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International Domain Names - Can I just register the punycode with any registrar?

I'm thinking of getting a non-ASCII Internationalized Domain Name (e.g. thé.com). However my current domain registrar doesn't do IDNs. Their web form reports an invalid domain name when I try to enter ...
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Localized CAPTCHA

What are effective CAPTCHA solutions that can have localized description, and CAPTCHA text itself is either language-neutral, or can be localized (for Polish language)? It is to be used to protect a ...