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This documentation integrates a collection of various tutorials on how to use the Joom!Fish extension together with Joomla. All the tutorials are based on short videos that should help you to understand the concepts and special topics related to it. If you need further written documentation please visit the general documentation or developer documentation sections.

Your first Joom!Fish installation
Written by Alex Kempkens   
Thursday, 26 April 2007 00:28

The Joom!Fish component supports you with design and creation of multilingual websites.
This topic itself isn't that easy as the first impression you might have and so the handling of this component isn't that easy.

This tutorial helps you to do your first steps using the extension within your Joomla 1.5 application. Get your mainmenu links translated and with that gives you a basic understanding of the work process used by the Joom!fish.

It is important to understand that the Joom!Fish extension is not an automatic translation tool for your site. Automatic translations are fine to rough understand what a text says but you need expensive tools and still more experience to use them if you like to get a more readable or professional translation. Translation experts say: "You need to localize your content more than to translate it."

Now do not worry and get the Joom!Fish installed on your site and see that isn't hard to localize your site!

Video: Installation of Joomfish
Written by Alex Kempkens   
Sunday, 08 November 2009 08:27

The Joomfish installation is based on the standard package installation routines from Joomla. The package comes with a unified installer for all the relevant core extensions such as administrative modules and plugins. However you need to find and install all additional languages you like to use on your Joomla website.

The following video explains a step by step procedure to download all relevant files and install them in an order that is easy to follow. It also shows you how to verify that your installation was successful. Of course this is only one way how to install these packages.

Video: Basic configuration of Joomfish
Written by Alex Kempkens   
Thursday, 03 December 2009 00:00

JoomFish Basic ConfigurationThe configuration of Joomfish involves in various elements that are distributed over the extensions the core Joomfish package include. The video will guide you through the various aspects of the configuration and show you the possibilities of the overall configuration.

As there are many options you can use for the configuration this video will focus on the basic configurations and steps to get your site up and running. This includes the following elements:

  • Language metadata configuration
  • Language selection module for the frontend
  • Direct translation module for the backend
  • JFRouter configuration for language detection and SEF features
Basic configuration after installing Joom!Fish
Written by Carolien de Groot   
Saturday, 17 October 2009 23:04

Congratulations, you installed Joom!Fish and we hope you're going to enjoy the component. Before we're going to translate the content, we walk through some basic setup choices.

The default settings right now are the following:

  • if a visitor enters your website, he/she sees the website in the language according to the browser settings.
  • the language part in the URL is represented as a folder, so you'll see : www.mysite.com/langprefix
  • if there is no translation available your visitor sees a message 'there are no translations available' above the original article, which is displayed too
  • the language selection is represented with flags

To change them you need to be in different places in the Joomla! backend, so we're going to do them step by step.

Frontend translation
Written by Alex Kempkens   
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 17:47

One question people often ask is about the frontend translation capabilities of Joom!Fish. Yes the Fish provides this feature now let's see a step by step example how.

This example is based on a standard Joomla! 1.5 + Joom!Fish installation with one additional language. It is also important to understand that frontend translation in the core Joom!Fish component is supported for articles only. With the gold member addon Joom!Fish plus you have full frontend translation capabilities and you can restrict translators to translate in one language only.

Adding languages to Joom!Fish
Written by Carolien de Groot   
Saturday, 17 October 2009 22:30
This article explains how to add another Joomla! language to you website, so that you can translate your website into that language.

To use Joom!Fish to translate to other languages, you need to have those languages installed on your Joomla! website. Joom!Fish only uses the site languages installed in Joomla!.

Translate 3rd party extensions
Written by Carolien de Groot   
Thursday, 26 November 2009 17:07

With a default Joom!Fish installation you can translate all components, modules etc. from the core. To translate a 3rd party extension you need to have extra files on your system. Those files are called 'content elements', and they're just like the ones for menus, articles, banners etc.

So first thing to do is to get the file. Those files aren't stored in a central repository. (There are plans to create such a repository here, but this is future talking...). Some sources are listed here. The advise is to end up with the latest version of the content elements.

Upgrading Joom!Fish
Written by Carolien de Groot   
Tuesday, 10 November 2009 18:58

There are two ways to upgrade your Joom!Fish installation. You can use the normal installation package or you can use the upgrade patch.

Normal installation package:

Just download the latest Joom!Fish version just as you did when you installed Joom!Fish. Use the same procedure as installing (so go to your Joomla! backend, extensions > install/uninstall, upload your downloaded package and press 'upload file & install') and voilà your Joom!Fish installation is upgraded.

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Selected Contributors

From the Joom!Fish Core team (Alex, Geraint & Carolien) a big thank you to all the people of the JoomFish community!
A special thank to Harri for the moderation in the forum and all our translators.