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August 8, 2012 6:29 AM Subscribe
Best web practices for a global company's website? How to handle content and translation..?
posted by xicana63 to technology (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Hello Hive! So I work for a company who is trying to grasp its global identity while refreshing its website. Currently the site is set-up by regions and the regional sites are available in variety of languages appropriate for the region. (Europe - Eng, Spa, Fre, Ita, Rus, Ger / Asia - Eng, Chi, Kor, Jap.. etc). The principal site is the North American Eng site as its the corporate site and all other sites pull content from that site when appropriate, translate it and post it. Well ideally, without a robust CMS tool this is pretty difficult and because of this some of our regional sites' content is rather outdated.
Well now we are rebuilding the website from the bottom up and have brought in a vendor who will do the programming and a vendor to do the design work. But I am a bit weary as to the technique they are proposing. They propose to create a website database (no this is not Sharepoint, its another platform, sorry I can't remember the name) and tagging all content (pages, content widgets, content ..etc) with metadata. So if a person comes out to create a page they can select content to publish according to metadata.
But because this site will not exist in English only they will be able to link translations of the content to the original through metadata. And track changes made to the original content and the CMS tool will shoot off an email to the translator prompting them of the changes and translation required.
So for my questions :
- I have never heard of setting up content in a database and tagging it and such. Is this a best practice? Is this the future of web design? Is this a good idea?
- What are the best practices to deal with translations and multiple versions of the same site? What are translation strategies of well established global companies?
- Can you direct me to some resources to educate myself? On this concept of web content databases? On best practices for translation of web content in this structure?
- Also resources to educate me on what are the innovations in web design/structure? New technology on the horizon?
Sorry I know its a lot to ask.. but I understand web design, I understand web content but this all sounds fishy. We are looking to build something to last a few years.. but I want to make sure we are heading in the right direction. If you'd like to see the site I'm referring to please memail me! Thanks again.