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Greater language control for international sites

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

FeedBlitz has extended its support for multiple languages to enable publishers to pre-select the language of the subscription interface.  By default FeedBlitz picks up the language to use from the visitor's browser or when the user picks a language from the list at the foot of the form. Great, right?

But what if you're running a French language site in Italy?  Most of your visitors will be on Italian machines with the Italian language as the default, but your site is for Francophones and you want to set the default language used on your site to be French by default.

Now you can simply add a parameter to the standard FeedBlitz form or subscription URL called "Lang" without the quotes, and give it the ISO 2 letter country code you want to use by default.  So, for example:

Here's the FeedBlitz News standard subscription form: http://www.feedblitz.com/f?sub=84
And here it is in French: http://www.feedblitz.com/f?sub=84&lang=FR
Italiano: http://www.feedblitz.com/f?sub=84&lang=IT
Dutch: http://www.feedblitz.com/f?Sub=84&lang=NL
etc.

No matter what, the user can always override the default choice by clicking their preferred language at the bottom of the page, and - if they do that - their choice overrides the language parameter set in the form. But now you can better tune the subscription experience for your visitors, and that's a Good Thing.

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