We are using Office-365 and need to set up a multi-language sharepoint site. How do we do this?

But nobody has answered any of those questions yet. So I am asking this one which is not so limited in scope.


Multi-lingual sites can be implemented in Office 365 but it depends if you want to translate content + labels or labels-only.

  • If you're interested in translating content + labels between different languages then I suggest variations is not a bad option at all. The only down-side is that you get subsites created for different languages instead of site collections: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Create-a-multi-language-website-da0b5614-8cf5-4905-a44c-90c2b3f8fbb6

  • Office 365 also provides support in labels-only translation, which means labels can be automatically translated when UI language is changed in the SharePoint site. Here's quick guide on how to enable it and what artifacts are supported with additional guidance

    Site Title

    Site Description

    List Title

    List Description

    Content Type Name

    Content Type Description

    Site column Title

    Site column Description

  • Have you used either method? What do you prefer? – bgmCoder Jun 17 '15 at 14:46
  • Yes, even though variations have improved a lot since previous versions but I wouldn't recommend unless you requirements are driven by multi-lingual sites with strong focus on content translations. You can be better off building providing multi-lingual with labels only and let users to managed content translations by themselves. Moreover, labels translation is simply easy to set up and manage so I would definitely weigh this option. – Falak Mahmood Jun 18 '15 at 15:59
  • Okay, so I've experimented some with workflowed variations. Now I want to try using labels. – bgmCoder Jun 18 '15 at 19:42
  • So, to use labels I have to use label-enabled content types? I am reading the link you posted, but am confused. – bgmCoder Jun 18 '15 at 19:44
  • I'm not understanding labels yet. So I can change the basic interface language, but custom links and custom content are still in the original language. I'm missing something. As far as I understand, "labels" only refers to the built-in interface links. – bgmCoder Jun 18 '15 at 19:51

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