The cloud-based store solution Shopify offers users a wide range of functions, as well as a large selection of apps and extensions. With the Enterprise plan, entrepreneurs can also benefit from Shopify Plus advantages.
In this blog post, we'll explain how to change a language in the frontend, how to change the texts in it, and what to do if there is no language version for your language yet. The Shopify frontend is multilingual and offers two ways how you can set the language. We will also show you the advantages of multilingualism in online stores.
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The first possibility to change the language in Shopify
Open the Shopify admin area
Go to the menu item Online Store -> Themes
Click on three dots
-> Edit Language
At the top right, click the "Change theme language button"
Select a language
If you didn't find your language, click "Other language" and select the desired language
Click on "Save"
Refresh the Shopify website to see the changes you made.
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The second possibility to change the language in Shopify
Open Shopify admin area
Click "Settings" at the bottom left
Click on "Checkout"
Scroll down and click on "Manage checkout language"
You will then get to point 4, as described above
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Advantages of multilingualism in online shops
Implementing multilingualism in your store can bring you many benefits, such as:
Increased reach by appealing to international customers
Increased customer satisfaction, as country-specific wishes can be taken into account
Improvement of the company's image
Improvement of search engine ranking
Shopify Translate: How to realize multilingualism with Shopify
We have already explained how to change the language of your store. But how do you ensure multilingualism in your store, for example, if you need a Shopify store in English? Shopify offers numerous apps in the app store for this implementation, such as Shopify Translate & Adapt or Langify. With these apps, the content can be automatically translated into the appropriate language.
The Shopify themes are usually already provided in several languages and often the German translation is already done. Most paid themes from other providers are also available in German, but not always completely translated. Here, however, you can then do the translation manually by following the steps above and then entering your translations in the right column. You can also edit this column for predefined translations to save your own translation.
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Frequently asked questions about setting the language in the Shopify store.
In which languages is Shopify available?
Shopify is available in the following languages:
Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Norwegian, Plnish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
Can I set the language again or reset it?
You can adjust the language of your Shopify store at any time.
Can I set a multilingualism on Shopify?
To be able to achieve multilingualism in your Shopify store, you need to work with an app. In the app, you can insert translations and then link them to your Shopify store.