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I am setting a Magento multilanguage website with subfolder as suggested by many SEO and Google guideline.

For example:

example.com/it (Italian default)
example.com/en (English)
example.com/fr (French)
example.com/de (German)
example.com     (what to do with this?)

Magento makes it easy using "Add Store Code to URLs" showing correct language for each subfolder.

I read many threads about language subfolders but none of them is suggesting what to to with the root domain example.com.

My default language is /it, I may be wrong but it seems that Magento keeps default language content both on example.com and example.com/it.

So what is best practice for when a user get to example.com?

  • Is example.com exactly the same as example.com/it? And do links from example.com point to example.com/itand its sub folders? – Seb Jul 28 '15 at 14:49
  • Yes this is the standard way Magento handle subfolders when configuring with the setting "Add store code to urls". Example.com has exactly the same as example.com/it and links from example.com point to example.com/it and its sub folders. – user2298982 Aug 3 '15 at 15:27
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You have several possibilities:

Choose one language

Choose one language and redirect. If you have a "main" language then this might be the best option.

Automatically detect the language

Use the Accept-Language header that the browser sends and automatically redirect appropriately. Google does this for international visitors.

Using .htaccess and mod_rewrite you could use code like this to make it happen:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP:Accept-Language} (de) [NC]
RewriteRule index.html http://example.com/de/ [R,L]

Offer users a choice

Ikea uses this solution:

So does Wikipedia.

  • Well I like the option: "Use the Accept-Language header that the browser sends and automatically redirect appropriately. Google does this for international visitors". Do you also have any tip how to set this option with htaccess? – user2298982 Aug 3 '15 at 15:29
  • I've added .htaccess code for that case – Stephen Ostermiller Aug 3 '15 at 15:33
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If your default language is /it, then make example.com/it as your default home page with italic content. Show appropriate version of content for your users. Regrading example.com English content will be best practice for users

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