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URL Structure for a multilingual website - lang code in the url itself

   
11:20 am on Mar 28, 2014 (gmt 0)



Hello All,

We have seen the general/popular URL structures of the multilingual websites.

Is it okay if I add the language code in the URL itself instead of using sub-directory url structure? (Joomla)

Example:
example.com/sample-page-en.html
example.com/sample-page-fr.html
example.com/sample-page-es.html
etc.

Waiting for your suggestions.

Thanks
4:12 pm on Mar 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

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welcome to WebmasterWorld, sepath!


it doesn't matter much for language targeting, but if you intend to geotarget your content you will want your languages in subdirectories or on separate hostnames.
5:38 am on Mar 31, 2014 (gmt 0)



Thanks phranque!

Usually a multilingual website uses subdirectories or sub-domains for each language.

1. But, will it make any difference in terms of ranking / indexing / impressions in Google if we use the URL structure like I had shared above.

2. And what about the humans? Will they get confused with this URL structure and misunderstood any product/page?

Thanks
Sandeep
2:22 pm on Mar 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

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1. google ignores any specification of language, whether in the url, an HTML attribute, or otherwise.

2. most humans ignore urls and look at anchor text and page content.
2:27 pm on Mar 31, 2014 (gmt 0)



Many Thanks