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CMS translation

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CMS translation

You can translate CMS sites by activating internationalization plugins and manually translating custom interface strings.

Two tables support the translation of a CMS site into other languages.
  • Translated Name / Field [sys_translated]: Stores strings that are shared or commonly used within a site. These include menu section names, menu item names, site breadcrumb names, link names, and footer menu links. Internationalization plugins typically provide translations for these strings. See Localization settings .
  • Translated Text [sys_translated_text]: Stores unique string translations which you create when you manually translate interface elements. See Export and edit translation records.

View a translated CMS site

Activating an internationalization plugin provides a quick way to see translated strings for CMS menus, breadcrumbs, and links. For a full translation, you must translate the instance manually.

About this task

The following example explains how to view a translated site in Japanese.


  1. Navigate to System Definition > Plugins.
  2. In the Go to filter, select Name, enter I18N, and then press the Enter key.
  3. Activate both the I18N - Japanese Translations and the I18N: Knowledge Management Internationalization Plugin v2 plugins.
  4. Refresh the browser.
  5. In the Language picker in System Settings, select Japanese.
  6. Browse the site to see the translated language strings.
  7. Navigate to the ESS Portal. The path is: http://Instance
  8. Browse the site to see the translated language strings in the ESS Portal.