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Zen Cart CMS technical requirements
The neural automatic translation to be used with Zen Cart CMS will require to use the PHP script (can be downloaded below). To install the Linguise script, you’ll need the following requirements:
- Run PHP 7+
- Apache, NGINX
- Make sure URL rewriting is activated on your server
- Zen Cart CMS 1.5.x and above
1. Generate the API Key
After your connection or registration to your Linguise dashboard, you’ll need to setup a new domain first and save its settings to get the API Key.
You can select “Other PHP” platform to proceed with Linguise registration domain, like this documentation and the source and destination languages.
After that, you’ll get:
- The API key that validates your membership
- The link to the Linguise script for the language switcher
The API key is what is required to activate the translation on your Zen Cart CMS website. Basically, the API key will check what language is activated on your domain and allows the automatic translation of the content.
For now, you can copy the API Key and keep it in your clipboard.
2. Upload and connect the Linguise translation script
The Linguise translation script needs to be uploaded on your server where Zen Cart CMS is installed. Download it here.
After the script is downloaded, unzip it and upload it to the root folder where the Zen Cart CMS is installed.
- Make sure it’s placed at the root level of your website (where your Zen Cart CMS files are located)
- Make sure the folder keeps its default name “linguise”
The Linguise API key will need to be copied into the Configuration.php file you’ve uploaded to your server, edit the file and copy your API Key between the simple quotes, replace the text REPLACE_BY_TOUR TOKEN.
3. Setup the Zen Cart CMS URLs rewriting
By default, the URL rewriting is active in Zen Cart CMS. If that’s not the case, you can activate it from your hosting provider.
The URL by language needs to be configured in the .htaccess. Just copy the code below after the code “RewriteEngine on” available in the default Zen Cart CMS .htaccess.
RewriteEngine On RewriteRule ^(af|sq|am|ar|hy|az|eu|be|bn|bs|bg|ca|ceb|ny|zh-cn|zh-tw|co|hr|cs|da|nl|en|eo|et|tl|fi|fr|fy|gl|ka|de|el|gu|ht|ha|haw|iw|hi|hmn|hu|is|ig|id|ga|it|ja|jw|kn|kk|km|ko|ku|ky|lo|la|lv|lt|lb|mk|mg|ms|ml|mt|mi|mr|mn|my|ne|no|ps|fa|pl|pt|pa|ro|ru|sm|gd|sr|st|sn|sd|si|sk|sl|so|es|su|sw|sv|tg|ta|te|th|tr|uk|ur|uz|vi|cy|xh|yi|yo|zu|zz-zz)(?:$|/)(.*)$ linguise/linguise.php?linguise_language=$1&original_url=$2 [L,QSA]
You can now load all your translated pages using the URL, for example: www.shop.com/fr/
Let’s now load the language switcher.
4. Activate the language switcher
4.1 Load the Linguise JS script
The Linguise JS script link needs to be loaded on all your Zen Cart CMS pages to display the language switcher with flags and alternate URLs in your HTML headers (for SEO purpose).
To copy the script link, from the Linguise dashboard go to the domain settings and copy the script link.
The easiest way to load this code in Zen Cart CMS is to add it inside your website header or <head> code. Zen Cart CMS comes with a template with a part for the header, and it has a specific file to load the Linguise script in the header part.
It’s located in tpl_header.php that you can find it by navigating to your CMS installation folder below. In this example, it’s the default Zen Cart CMS template called responsive_classic:
Edit the script file to include the script link in the header section like below.
The language switcher will be displayed by default in a floating bottom right position on your website. You are welcome to customize it as explained in the next chapter.
SEO important note: The number of languages you setup has a large impact on SEO. When you setup your translation languages, if you have a large amount of indexed pages (>500), search engine may take a lot of time to process them. It may impact your SEO in your original language. That’s why we recommend adding at first a maximum of 5 languages, then when it’s indexed, you can add languages in a batch of 3 per month.
Setup the language switcher
The language switcher can be customized from the Linguise dashboard > Settings > Language flags display. Every modification here will be reflected on the website.
On the right side of the screen you have the preview of the language switcher. Here are the elements you can setup:
- 3 layouts: side by side, dropdown or popup
- The language switcher position
- The language switcher content
- Language names in English or native language
- Flags shapes and size
- Colors and box shadow
Activate the local cache system option
As an option, you can activate a local cache system that stores URLs and its related multilingual content to serve the pages faster. The local cache will save some data transfer between Linguise server and your website server. The cache is used only when a page has already been translated and has not been updated. The cache kept in priority will be the cache from the most viewed multilingual pages.
To complement that, you can define the amount of cache stored in MB. In the following example, the cache is activated and the amount of cache to keep is 500 MB.
/** Basic configuration **/ public $cache_enabled = true; public $cache_max_size = 500; // In megabyte
Automatic translation on NGINX servers
rewrite ^/(af|sq|am|ar|hy|az|eu|be|bn|bs|bg|ca|ceb|ny|zh-cn|zh-tw|co|hr|cs|da|nl|en|eo|et|tl|fi|fr|fy|gl|ka|de|el|gu|ht|ha|haw|iw|hi|hmn|hu|is|ig|id|ga|it|ja|jw|kn|kk|km|ko|ku|ky|lo|la|lv|lt|lb|mk|mg|ms|ml|mt|mi|mr|mn|my|ne|no|ps|fa|pl|pt|pa|ro|ru|sm|gd|sr|st|sn|sd|si|sk|sl|so|es|su|sw|sv|tg|ta|te|th|tr|uk|ur|uz|vi|cy|xh|yi|yo|zu|zz-zz)(?:$|/)(.*)$ /linguise/linguise.php?linguise_language=$1&original_url=$2 last;
From SQLite to MySQL
Still in the Configuration.php there’s a setting to force the usage of MySQL instead of SQLite, in case SQLite is not installed on the server.
In this case, you’ll need to fill the MySQL information in this part of the Configuration.php file:
/** Advanced database configuration **/ /* * In case you don't want to use Sqlite, you can use MySQL * To do so, you need to fill the following variables * Linguise will create the tables for you */ public static $db_host = ''; public static $db_user = ''; public static $db_password = ''; public static $db_name = ''; public static $db_prefix = '';