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Localizing the administrative backend of Sitefinity

by Grigori Karanikolov
Sitefinity now allows you to have the administrative backend translated easily into any language. We have prepared 8 translations that you can download and plug into the system right away!
Here is what you need to do:

  • Download the Sitefinity backend language pack you would like to use from the Sitefinity Marketplace – it is an .xlsx file that contains all the backend labels;

  • Open the admin backend of your website and go to Administration -> Settings;

    goto administration settings

  • Choose the Languages option;

    go to settings -> languages

  • Click option Manage backend languages;

    settings -> manage backend languages
  • Add the language you would like your backend to be localized in by clicking on the Add language button and then by selecting the corresponding checkbox and clicking the Done button;

    Select backend language dialogue

  • Set that backend language as the default one and hit the Save Changes button;
    At first there will be no change to the backend language – we need to import the translated labels now, so let’s go ahead and do that.

  • Go to Administration -> Interface Labels and Messages;

    Administration->Interface Labels and Messages
  • Click the Import Language Pack button;

    Import language pack button

  • Select the language, for which you would like to import your language pack;

    Import language pack dialogue box


  • Select the .xlsx file with the translated labels by browsing to the location where you saved it on your computer and press the Import button. It will take a moment until the language pack is imported. When it’s done and you’re back on the Interface Labels & Messages page, refresh your page or navigate to another page. Your backend should now be translated in the language you chose!

    localized Dashboard in Arabic

  • The process of creating a new translation of the Sitefinity backend has been documented - you can find it in the official Sitefinity Documentation.

11 comments

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  1. Hardy Apr 13, 2011
    Thanks, Grisha. What are the eight backend languages you provide and where can they be downloaded from?
  2. Greg Apr 13, 2011
    Hey Hardy,

    The 8 languages are:
    • German
    • Dutch
    • Italian
    • French
    • Spanish
    • Portuguese
    • Turkish
    • Arabic
    We will upload them to the Sitefinity Marketplace within several hours and you will be able to plug them into Sitefinity as shown above!
    Happy localizing!
    Greg
  3. Hardy Apr 15, 2011
    Great! Thanks, Greg.
  4. Grisha 'Greg' Karanikolov Jul 20, 2011
    Hi, Rakesh!

    Most probably this error was caused by using the backend language pack with a version of Sitefinity, older than Sitefinity 4.1. Please contact me directly at greg at telerik.com so that we can investigate this further!
  5. Petya Rachina Jul 27, 2011
    Hi, Rakesh

    Are you using some localized browser or OS?
    Can you check "globalization culture" in the web.config of your application. If it is set to <globalization culture="auto"...> can you change it to <globalization culture="en-US"...> and see whether you still receive this error. When the culture is set to "auto", the active calendar may depends on the browser or OS settings.
  6. Luca Sep 19, 2011
    I'm having difficulty installing the language
    the link "Languages​​" in the Basic Settings is not connected to anything

    I can not make the suggested configurations that

    You know the problemsuggestions?
  7. Luca Sep 19, 2011
    I'm having difficulty installing the language
    the link "Languages​​" in the Basic Settings is not connected to anything

    I can not make the suggested configurations that

    You know the problemsuggestions?
  8. Grisha 'Greg' Karanikolov Dec 14, 2011
    Luca, please feel free to post a ticket to our tech support team to explain the issue in further detail!
  9. Влад Apr 01, 2012
    Здравствуйте!
    Загрузил пакет русского языка, как в инструкции.
    Пока не увидел результаты..

    Как быть?

    Спасибо
  10. Влад Apr 01, 2012
    Разобрался) работает!

    Нужно после выполнения инструкции зайти на страницу выбора языка и повторно нажать кнопку - сохранить.

    Спасибо!
  11. Grisha 'Greg' Karanikolov Apr 11, 2012
    Vlad, glad that you worked it out!

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