To make it easier to build local and international stores using MultiMerch, we offer a number of translations to MultiMerch Marketplace with our Professional and Business plans.
This, along with hundreds of translations available for OpenCart Core, makes it a breeze to localize your marketplace into your own language.
Languages offered by MultiMerch
At the moment we maintain MultiMerch translations into following languages:
- Brazilian Portuguese
MultiMerch translations into a number of other languages are currently in process.
Adding a new language in OpenCart
Before you can use a MultiMerch translation, you’ll need to add a new language in OpenCart and load the appropriate OpenCart translation.
To do this, perform the following steps:
- Download the OpenCart language package from Crowdin or OpenCart Marketplace
- Unpack and upload the language package files to your OpenCart folder
- Install and configure the language via Admin > Localization > Languages
- (optional) Make it your default language via Admin > System > Settings
There are lots of OpenCart localization resources and places you can download language packs from, but we recommend looking for them either on Crowdin or on the official OpenCart Marketplace.
This will ensure you’ll get the correct language package for your OpenCart version.
After you’ve download or purchased the language package, you’ll need to upload it to your OpenCart store via FTP or CPanel.
In most cases, you can simply upload the admin/ and catalog/ folders containing the new language to the root of your OpenCart folder.
Sometimes language packs come with their own installation scripts – in this case, you’ll need to consult the readme file first.
Once the files are uploaded you’ll be able to add the new OpenCart language via Admin > System > Localization > Languages.
In OpenCart 22.214.171.124, OpenCart will automatically populate the “Code” dropdown selector with all of the languages that are currently present on your server.
You will usually find the correct Locale field value for your language in the readme file coming with the language package. Make sure you change your new language status to Enabled.
The only thing left now is to change OpenCart’s default language and the administration language to your new language in Admin > System > Settings > Local.
You can skip this step if you’re adding a secondary language.
At this point, you’ll have a localized version of OpenCart – you will be able to specify language-specific fields in two different languages, the administration interfaces will be displayed in your new default language and your customers will be able to choose the catalog display language using the language selector in front end.
MultiMerch vendors will also be able to create their products and profiles in multiple languages. However, to get the MultiMerch interfaces to display in multiple languages, you’ll need to install a MultiMerch translation.
Installing a MultiMerch Translation
After you’ve added your new language to OpenCart, installing a MultiMerch translation is a much simpler process – it consists of two steps:
- Download the correct translation from MultiMerch website
- Unpack and upload the translation to your OpenCart store
MultiMerch translations are available as archives that can be downloaded from your MultiMerch account if you’re subscribed to MultiMerch Professional or Business plan. You can also get in touch with us if you’re looking for a specific translation.
These translations come as individual archives that contain the translation version and the corresponding MultiMerch version in the file name, e.g. german_126.96.36.199_multimerch_8.6.2.zip.
This means that this specific German translation package is compatible with MultiMerch 8.6.2.
Although you can try using it with older or newer versions of MultiMerch, it may not work flawlessly out of the box since text strings change, get added and removed between versions.
The rest is simple – just unpack the MultiMerch translation archive and upload the contents of the upload/ folder to your OpenCart store.
That’s it! You’re now running a completely localized version of OpenCart with MultiMerch.
MultiMerch translations apply to all interfaces – both admin areas, front office vendor accounts and forms as well as customer-facing vendor profiles and stores.
Here are a few examples and screenshots of MultiMerch translated into different languages.
Translating MultiMerch into your own language
If you need MultiMerch translated into a language that we don’t offer, you can also do it yourself. The process is quite simple.
In some cases, we’ll include the original English language package in the translations archive. In this case, you’ll simply need to download, unpack and translate the files, then rename/copy the catalog/language/en-gb/ and admin/language/en-gb/ folders to your own language folder.
If you can’t find the original English archive or don’t have access to translations (e.g. if you’re using the MultiMerch Basic plan), you can also translate the MultiMerch files directly:
- Copy the catalog/language/ and admin/language/ folders from inside the MultiMerch archive to a new folder
- Translate all files inside these two catalog/language/ and admin/language/ folders
- Copy the contents of the folders to your own language folder – e.g. catalog/language/en-gb/ to catalog/language/dutch/ and admin/language/en-gb/ to admin/language/dutch/
If you create a new MultiMerch translation and are willing to share it with us, we’ll be happy to help you maintain it – let us know!