We are creating the variation structure for a multilingual 2010 site. We would like our navigation to be based upon the site/subsite structure of the site collection. The problem is that the out-of-the-box SharePoint navigation creates links from the site name, which happens to be localized to the source site. We are ok with the URL's having the source site's name in it, we just want the navigation to use localized texts.

I know that a work-around is to turn off site-based navigation on the target site and do it manually, but this will become cumbersome as we anticipate having a few hundred subsites.

An example of what we would like our navigation to look like:

EN-US (English Source Site)

Link in Navigation | URL

Home | www.consoso.com/en-us/Pages/default.aspx  
Work | www.consoso.com/en-us/Work/Pages/default.aspx  

de-DE (German target site)

Link in Navigation | URL

Heim | www.consoso.com/de-de/Pages/default.aspx  
Arbeit | www.consoso.com/de-de/Work/Pages/default.aspx 

1 Answer 1


If you create the variation of each page from the Publishing Toolbar, it gives you the option to specify a Title and URL for the variation.

A bit long winded if you already have a full hierarchy of pages and sites created, but it is an option.

  • Thanks for the answer James. I got hung up on having localized names for each label's home site. E.G. When I'm in the German site, I want the English's site in navigation to be "Englisch", but when I'm on the english side, I want it to be "English". Similarly, When I'm on the English site, I want the German site's name to be "German", but when I'm on the German's site, I want the name to be "Deutsch". I think I can convince the users to just agree on one name. May 4, 2011 at 13:45
  • Good luck with that - if anything the slew of meetings that will ensue to make that decision should buy you enough time to see if there's another way :o)
    – James Love
    May 4, 2011 at 14:00

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