PrestaShop 1.6.x Localization Tutorial
For those of you that would like to use PrestaShop in a country other than the US or would like to turn your site into a global site, I'd have to say that out of all the shopping carts that I've tried, PrestaShop is the most advanced when it comes to this.
For example, PrestaShop actually offers language packs that you can download and install. These language packs come with data that ranges from: states; taxes; currencies; languages; units such as weight, volume, distance and more.
In the video below I show you how this is all done:
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Download a localization package:
To start simply log into your PrestaShop admin panel and click on "localization" and "localization" again in the left column.
In the "import a localization pack" section, using the drop down menu, choose the country that you'd like to download a pack for.
Make sure to tick off the checkboxes next to the type of content that you'd like to download and select the "yes" radio button and click on the "import" button.
Choose your defaults:
In the configuration section, be sure to select your default language, country, currency, timezone and click on the "save" button for the changes to take effect.
In the local units section, be sure to enter in the values for: weight, distance, volume and dimension.
In the advanced section, you can choose your language identifier and country identifier or leave it as is. Of course if your site isn't targeting the US, you're going to want to change this and click on the "save" button for the changes to take effect.
Disabling a language:
To disable English and make another language the main and only language, simply go to your admin panel and select "localization" and "languages" from the left column and then simply uncheck the language that you'd like to disable by clicking on the green checkmark next to that language.
Note that you cannot disable a language that is set as a default language. You can change the default language in the configuration section of the localization page.
Now simply type in your homepage in your browser to see your site in the newly selected language.
To disable dollar and use the currency of a language pack as the default currency, simply go to "localization" and "currencies" in the left column of your admin panel and disable the currency that you do not want to use by clicking on the green checkmark next to that currency.
Note that you cannot disable a currency that is set as a default currency. These changes can be made in the configuration section of the localization page.
Changing or adding missing text to the localization pack:
While these localization packs are a huge time saver since they translate a good portion of your site automatically, there may be times when you need to reword certain parts of your site. To do this simply go to "localization" and "translations" in the left column.
In the "modify translations" section, select the area(s) of the site that you would like to translate and click on the "modify" button.
Then simply enter in your text in the input fields and click on the "save" button.