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Language Page Folder Name - Best Practice
The best practice for naming foreign language folder pages
Tarquin

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Msg#: 4341266 posted 3:36 pm on Jul 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

We are launching some new foreign language pages on our website, and would like to get feedback on the best practice for naming the folders?

For example:
yoursite.com/cn
yoursite.com/china

or
yoursite.com/de
yoursite.com/germany

Which is better, the country name, or the abbreviation?

 

phranque

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Msg#: 4341266 posted 7:44 am on Jul 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

are you targeting language or locale?

Tom_Cash

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 4341266 posted 8:35 am on Jul 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

Personally, I'd do it like the big players, ie, Apple etc and use the country codes:

example.com/de
example.com/gb
example.com/cn
example.com/za

Etc.... Personally...

leadegroot

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 4341266 posted 12:49 pm on Jul 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

Well, you want a consistent schema, so you aren't sometimes using language and sometimes using country, but I think the biggest issue to consider is 'how are you handling variants of language spoken in different countries?'
eg spanish - spain and parts of south america
french - france and parts of canada.

Answering that should tell you how your scheme should work

(but copying the big boys is indeed a decent fallback. If nothing else, the punters are used to it !)

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