no Joomla Langauge extension for Irish. From what I've read above it sounds like it's still possible, but I'd appreciate any pointers form those that have been down this road ahead of me.
Should I proceed and if so what extensions do I need?
I am glad you find this thread!
To set up a bi-lingual website, once you have install Joomla, here are some general instructions.
If you have a test/development version of your web site (you really should have one ;-) , you can try on it first. Always backup a production/live website before installing an extension! http://docs.joomla.org/Beginners#Creati ... stallation
1/ Download the Irish language files, un-finished:
You will receive the files through a Private Message.
Please read the forum if you need some help. Or post your question here, and not through Private Message, so that your problem can help everyone.
The files are for Joomla! v1.5.18, but they should work with any 1.5.x version too (if there are some missing strings, they will not be displayed, and the English original will, that's all). And if you use non-native extension, nothing should change.
The Translation policy advise not to release publicly some incomplete files, to avoid confusion and disappointment in the "non-community member" public, that's why they are available on request through this forum.
2/ Use the Joomla! installer with the zip files, in your site back-end > Extensions (menu) > Install/Uninstall
3/ The extension used to switch the language in the front-end is JoomFish. It's help to manage translation of the content, and of some components and extensions too. http://www.joomfish.net/
4/ Then you should configure JoomFish to use a default language, and you are ready to translate your content! Do not forget menus, footer and other contents. The good news is an improved documentation now: http://www.joomfish.net/en/documentatio ... stallation
5/ Keep in mind that if your translated part is not perfectly the same than the original one, you might need some adjustments, in menus for example. But this can be done with the free version of JoomFish, still: http://www.joomfish.net/en/documentatio ... e-joomfish
Another language is like another dimension to your website. Almost everything is available on forum and blogs, and I have read them for hours and days! But nothing compare to experience.
So I hope everything will be fine for your website.
By the way, you are welcome to help the small team to translate some popular extensions and/or proof-read what's have been translated so far. Everything is posted here if you are interested.
Best Regards, Hervé Boinnard - GMTJoomla! multilingual website and online business made easy
Joomla Irish Translation Team: https://github.com/joomla-irish/language_pack
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