Thanks for that -- some other info I should have put in: 1. we already have the domain names so were considering (under option1) simply redirecting the user from xxx.es to xxx.com/es 2. we have links (not yet active [display:none]) on all pages linking to the same page in the other language(s) (xxx.com/fred.html <-> xxx.es/fred.html) although at this stage all the links are to xxx.es/default). I have a Python script that easily changes these so whichever option we use we can change the links. [anyone think this is overkill in having links between all pages?] Regarding language specific css - yes that's a point as even Spanish can be considerably longer than English, will keep an eye on that. Browser options - no we are not planning on using browser preferences (assume you mean were the language changes according to where you are?) -- personally they p*ss me off, just because I live in Spain [which I do] doesn't mean I want everything in Spanish [which I don't] (Adobe please take note!) > -----Original Message----- > From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist- > bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of John Allsopp > Sent: 30 March 2011 21:56 > To: thelist at lists.evolt.org > Subject: Re: [thelist] Multi-lingual site > > > > Hi all - I'm producing a multilingual site and we (client and I) are > > wondering about the effects on SEO of our site configuration > > 2. Each site in its its own domain (xxx.com, xxx.es, ..) but using the > > English site for images, css etc. > > Off the top of my head (ie. without researching it), I'm opting for 2. It forces > you to buy the domains, but they don't point to duplicate content. > Localisation is increasingly important and Google likes to know where you > are, so a country domain is one big obvious clue. > > Seems to be no point in duplicating the CSSs although perhaps (I don't > know) you might need to vary the CSS for things like German (text is > longer) or Arabic (text is right to left) so perhaps a main CSS with a language > variant CSS too? > > I guess the downside is that your main .com/index doesn't ultimately and > naturally have everything pointing to it but a quick link on all the language > homepages fixes that if you want it (I don't think you do, really). > > This question is linked, isn't it, to how you are serving the languages? > If you're taking the browser preferences, how will you redirect to the > language page if the user arrives on the wrong one? Not sure if there's > anything difficult here, but it's part of the mix. > > My 2p worth .. I'm very interested in this, but I can't say I'm expert in > internationalisation. > > J > > > -- > Cost-free marketing: http://www.flowmarketing.co.uk/ > > Affordable marketing guidance for small businesses: > http://www.amilliontweaks.co.uk/ > > Effective marketing services for SMEs: coming soon at > http://www.surgemarketing.co.uk > > Professional Internet marketing consultancy: http://www.johnallsopp.co.uk > > -- > > * * Please support the community that supports you. * * > http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ > > For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives > of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !