Quick start

Take your Webflow project global in minutes

1. Creating your account

To start using Linguana, you will need to create a new account by signing up on https://app.linguana.io/sign-up.

You can sign up either with Google, or by using a valid email address (you will need to verify your email address after registration). You should now be ready to add your first project!

2. Creating a new project

2.1 Add project

If you don't have any projects on your account yet, you will automatically be prompted to add your first project. Otherwise, simply click "New project" on the top right of the home screen.

When adding a new project, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Project name: internal naming, which will be used in Linguana's UI and back-end

  • Domain URL: your Webflow project domain. Can be a webflow.io subdomain or custom domain (note: webflow.io subdomains cannot be published to custom production domains)

  • Original language: the original language you use for your Webflow project

2.2 Verify project

Once you added your Webflow project, you will need to verify it. To do so, just add a meta tag provided in the setup flow to your Webflow project's <head> section in Project Settings -> Custom Code. Once done, click "Complete" on the bottom right of the page.

By default, you will be provided a staging address on Linguana, where you can test your translations. This works just like webflow.io subdomains in Webflow.

3. Translating your website

3.1 Add languages

Now that your project is added and verified, it is time to add new language versions. Simply click on "Add language" on the top right, enter all languages you would like to add and submit by clicking "Add new languages" on the bottom right. Your project now has new language versions.

3.2 Translate pages

Click on the language you wish to start translating, and on the next page you will be greeted with all pages from your Webflow project. Pages get imported automatically by crawling your sitemap.

If you do not have a sitemap (or if you have any hidden pages), you will need to manually add them by clicking "Import pages" on the top right, entering the page slug and clicking "Add custom URL".

Each page has a name (usually the page slug, except for the homepage and 404 page), status (Published or Not published) and an actions menu, where you can preview, publish, sync or delete the page.

To translate content:

  • Click on page slug

  • On the left, there is source content (texts and images)

  • On the right, there are fields for translated content (texts and images)

  • Once you're done editing the field on the right, simply click out of the input field or move to the next one. Linguana will auto-save your translated texts

4. Publishing

4.1 Add custom domain

By default, you will be able to publish your project to a staging domain (i.e. yourproject.linguana.site). To add a custom domain, simply go to your project settings by expanding the menu right of the "Add language" button, and select "Settings". There, open the "Custom domains" tab and add a new domain below.

Here, you can select if you would like to serve your domain with or without www (i.e. www.domain.com or just domain.com). This generally does not impact SEO, so it is just a matter of preference.

Next, you will need to set up DNS records. To do so, please follow the steps:

  1. Remove existing Webflow DNS records and replace them with the ones provided in Linguana

  2. Add DNS records provided to you in Linguana

  3. Add linguana subdomain to your Webflow project custom domains (i.e. linguana.yourdomain.com)

  4. Publish your Webflow project to Linguana subdomain

  5. Remove your custom domain from your Webflow project

  6. Add the linguana subdomain (i.e. linguana.yourdomain.com)

  7. Publish your project to linguana subdomain

After that is done and DNS records are propagated, your site should be live.

If you have any problems or questions setting up the DNS records, please feel free to reach out to us on support@linguana.io.

4.2 Test and go live

After you translate a page, we suggest you first publish it to the staging linguana.site subdomain.

After confirming everything is in order, click "Publish" and select the main domain as well. This will publish your translation live.

Keep in mind that changes always need to be published manually.

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