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Leanest way of going multilingual

Hi everybody!

Ive just started a new project using Codeigniter (i have done a couple more before), but this time i need to go multilingal (10 languages, including latin, cyrilic, arabic, chinese and japanese).

I would like to optimize the website for SEO, and regarding URL's, ive think on something like:

http://en.example.com/search/products/keyword: Search for products containing 'keyword' in English.
http://es.example.com/busqueda/productos/palabra: Search ('busqueda') for products ('productos') containing keyword ('palabra') in Spanish.

Basically i need both controllers class names and methods in several languages.

I think i can use
on my controllers, and tweak
to handle the first segment of the URL and force a language.

If http://www.example.com/whatever is used, i think i will determine the language via IP, and then redirect to http://xx.example.com, or fallback to English by default, but maybe another approach would be more desirable.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you very much!

I found this to be the easiest to use when dealing with multiple languages: http://maestric.com/doc/php/codeigniter_i18n

[quote author="n0xie" date="1286548314"]I found this to be the easiest to use when dealing with multiple languages: http://maestric.com/doc/php/codeigniter_i18n[/quote]

I've also used this library and it rocks! Altough, you'll have to write some routes for your controllers. I mean:

$route['(:any)/busqueda/productos/(.+)$'] = "search/products/$1";
$route['(:any)/search/products/(.+)$'] = "search/products/$1";

To avoid doing this, some folks use some urls like this:

And the real WORKING part of the url, is the last segment. So, their controller get the last segment and SP-1 stands for Search Product with ID = 1.
This unorthodox method works right when you need multilingual URLs.

Although I'm not really sure how this pretty URLs impact on SEO rankings.

Good Luck

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