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Language Settings for Groups, now on Ning!

Do your members speak multiple languages? Make them feel right at home with a new feature now on your Ning Network: Language Settings for Groups.

With Language Settings for Groups, group creators and admins can choose the language for particular groups on the "Edit Group" page, and all parts of the group's interface will appear in that language. When participating in a group with its language set to French, for example, phrases like "Started by" or action links like "Favorite" will be translated to "Créé par" and "Favori." Even better: All email notifications received from participating in the group will be in French, too.

This is perfect for language-orientated groups on your Ning Network, like the French-speaking group on Ning Creators. Members already post in French, but they previously were forced to use an English interface. With this new option, they'll have a much more native and comfortable experience within the group.

Even better, the portions of the user interface that are part of your Ning Network as a whole — the footer, your tabs, the right column — will remain untouched in your network's default language. Member-generated content won't change either, remaining in whatever language it was posted in.

Admin Experience

Network Creators and admins are responsible for their Ning Networks, and they often carefully review new posts throughout their communities. Of course, it could be confusing to try to manage a group if the management tools are in another language. Not everyone might know, for example, that "Supprimer" is the button to click to delete a French group.

To maintain a great and consistent experience, Network Creators or administrators will see all groups in the native network language. Additionally, they will see an informational banner at the top of the group telling them what language the group is using, and allowing Network Creators and administrators to see the group in the custom language, if they wish.

Network Creators and admins can click "View sample" to see the group in the custom language if they want to check out how the group appears to its members. A group's language can be changed at any time from the group's Options tab, where all editing of groups is normally done.

Because this feature is experimental and a significant change to the way groups, languages and emails work, we've launched it via Ning Labs. That's the page on your Dashboard where you can activate experimental features as we prepare them for launch. You can toggle this feature on or off via Ning Labs, but it's off by default.

We'd love your feedback on this new product. We hope this feature will lay the groundwork to eventually providing a language setting at the member level, giving an even better experience for your international and foreign-speaking members. Merci!

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  • Creators also made ​​with multilingual groups, maybe there will be some creative I can do the multilingual call the language tab editor with Java code and whether to spend our multilingual redeas when the user selects his country

    asi como hicieron los creadores con los grupos multilenguaje, talvez habra algun creador que pueda hacer llamar el multilenguaje de la ficha del editor de idioma con codigo java y a si pasar nuestras redeas a multilenguaje cuando el usuario seleccione su pais 

  • I'm not happy, this is a partial solution. Why ning doesn't want to allow multi-language siteS?

  • Hi Evan:

    This is a good feature. However, I believe this feature is a secondary feature. I felt having multi language support function for an entire website is absolutely necessary if Ning is interseted to help network creator to grow on an international scale. Even much smaller companies like Skadate and Social Engine already comes with multi lanaguage support. I do not believe those companies are technically more advance then Ning. When will Ning stop avoiding this feature citing techical difficulty? Obviously, Ning can release lanaguages gradually. We are not expecting Ning to support everything straight away. But it can start from popular foreign langauges that are used by wider population # etc..... could you please let me know when it might be possible for Ning to release this?

    Thank you very much,

    Lillian  

  • Can you add Haitian Creole on the Language Settings please?

    • Hey there!

      Sorry, we don't plan on adding Haitian Creole. It costs thousands of dollars each year to just maintain each language we offer, and multiples of that to add it initially. We have to have very large usage in a particular language to support adding it as a fully supported language.

      You can, however, translate your Ning Network yourself in Haitian Creole using the Language Editor. Doing that will add it as an option when group creators create new groups.

      /Evan

      • Ok thank you..

  • This is what I needed for all my country groups (all countries and their regions) in my international biker networks.

    Thanks a lot!

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