In the last few weeks, I’ve had a go at installing 13 language packs on SharePoint 2010. A few things I’ve discovered in the process of deploying languages.
Firstly what you’ll need to do is determine the languages you want installed on your SharePoint 2010 farm. For a list of languages that are available see Language Packs (SharePoint Server 2010).
To download the language pack, see 2010 Server Language Packs for SharePoint Server 2010, Project Server 2010, Search Server 2010, and Office Web Apps 2010.
Select the required language by selecting the desired language in the Change Language drop-down. Don’t forget to click on Change.
Note: In 2007, you would have required the WSS language packs. In 2010, you do NOT need SharePoint Foundation language packs.
The page should then refresh and change to the language that you selected. Click Download (if you can still understand).
Install the language pack on the web server(s), if you need more details on actual steps see Installing language packs on the Web servers.
Useful Tip: If installing more than 1 language, install all the languages first and then only run the SharePoint 2010 Products Configuration Wizard once which will configure all languages installed. That will save you heaps of time.
Once you’ve done that, you should now have that language pack installed to your SharePoint environment. As per SharePoint 2007, you would have additional site templates where you can choose to create sites based on the language you’ve installed.
So what’s new with languages in SharePoint 2010?
After you’ve installed your language pack, you can now change the language of a site that’s created in English (or really any other site) that you want to show in a language that you can understand. And this setting is persistent, so whenever you go to the site it will always be displayed in the language that you’ve selected!
In order to do this, the Site Administrator would have had to enable languages on the site. To do this, go to Site Settings > Language Settings.
Select the languages that you want by checking them. Click OK.
Now if you go to the spot on the right hand corner with you Username, expand the menu and you’ll see Select Display Language. Select a language and the site will be displayed in the language you selected!