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Translate content items

With localization configured for your project, you can start translating content items to other languages. See how to add project languages for more details if you haven't set up your project languages yet.

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    Language variants

    Content items can have multiple language variants, depending on the number of languages defined for the project, with each content item identified by its title and codename.

    All language variants of a single content item share the following properties:

    • Content item title (can only be changed in the default language variant)
    • Sitemap location

    Other properties such as workflow information (this includes current workflow step, assigned contributors, and due date), comments, and versions are saved for each language variant separately.

    Translating a content item

    Let's see how you can translate a content item from English (United States) to English (United Kingdom). Because these two languages are similar, you can start with copying existing content over from the original version to save time. 

    To create a new language variant of an existing content item:

    1. From the app menu, choose  .
    2. Choose the English (United States) project language using the language switcher.
    3. Open a content item.
    4. Change the language variant to English (United Kingdom) using the language switcher.
    5. Click  More actions.
    6. Choose Copy from language.
    7. Choose English (United States) (Default).
    A screenshot showing how to copy content from another language.

    Now, continue localizing your content. With the original texts in place, you can adjust the words to match the other variant of English.

    Opening untranslated items

    When you open an untranslated content item, Kentico Kontent automatically creates a new draft of the content item with empty elements, removing its "Not translated" status.

    Deleting language variants

    To delete one or more translated content items:

    1. From the app menu, choose .
    2. Choose a language variant using the language switcher in the upper right of the screen.
    3. Select content items using the checkboxes on the left.
    4. Click  More actions.
    5. Choose Delete.
    A screenshot of deleting multiple items in the content list.

    The language variants are now deleted. If the content items have no content in other language variants, the entire items are deleted.

    After you delete a translated language variant, this item will have the Not translated status.

    What's next?