Display different languages

Tilma allows you to translate your website’s content into multiple languages. This is our first step towards making parish sites even more accessible to our global Catholic community.

Using the power of Google Translate, all text on your website can automatically be translated by users with the click of a button.

Currently, Tilma’s multilingual features are limited to Spanish and French. Soon we will be able to support all languages on Google Translate.

How to enable Multilingual

Adding language options for your parish can only be done by the support team at Tilma. Contact our support team and let us know what languages you would like us to add to your parish.

Currently only Spanish and French are supported. However, please contact us with a request for any language and we will enable it as soon as it is available.

How it works

There are several ways in which users can translate content on your website:

  • Use the drop down menu in the header
  • Use the drop down menu in the footer
  • Users can choose their default language in their profile
  • A cookie is saved on the user's computer that will remember their language preference from their previous session

Choosing a new language will redirect the user to a translated subdomain. The subdomain is Google's two-letter language code followed by your website domain.

For example:

  • French will appear as fr.parishname.org
  • Spanish will appear as es.parishname.org

Limitations of translation

Tilma uses Google Translate to display your website in different languages. However, it's not perfect.

Generally, users reading a translation will be able to understand the basic meaning. Technical words and complex context are often misunderstood by Google Translate and will not be translated perfectly.

Here are some things that will not be translated on your website:

  • Any text within images or videos
  • Site Settings for admins
  • User’s profiles and names
  • Bulletins or other pdfs
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