I'm very excited to announce that multi-language blog is now complete!
We've loosened restrictions in blog settings so you can have different templates, comment settings, and more, for your different blog languages. These updates will ensure that you avoid mixed language blog content, and will help long-time blog users adopt some ofour new multi-language blog functionality.
With the new blog settings, you can now....
Set a different template for each language used on a blog.
Set different options for each language variant of your blog's comments, social sharing, and Google AMP settings.
Create an individual blog post that isn't in the blog's primary language and isn't part of a multi-language group of posts.
Set a multi-language blog post to be the primary post for a multi-language group of posts, or remove it from its multi-language group.
Combine Existing Blogs.
We have some final updates to come for APIs, but all in-app functionality is done! I'm marking this post as Delivered.
Quick update, we're in the process of adding this update to all customers' portals! It's currently out to 20% of all customers (as of Oct 2, 2020), and we'll continue to increase that percentage over the coming 1-2 weeks (we do this incrementally to minimize the risk of bugs affecting customers' accounts). If all goes well, I expect you'll see this update in all portals around mid-October.
You can tell you have the update when you click on the More button for a language variant and you see options to make that post "primary" and to "remove" that post from the group.
Yes, I'm happy to say that we're in the process of adding this update to all customers! It's currently out to 20% of all customers, and we'll continue to increase that percentage over the coming 1-2 weeks (we do this incrementally to minimize the risk of bugs affecting customers' accounts). I can add your client, just send me their portal IDs 🙂firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me here.
@finn thank you for that feedback! Control over the URL of a blog tag listing page would go well with some other changes my team would like to make to listing pages (mainly letting users set a meta description or page title for those tag listing pages or author pages, for example). I'll make note of your point about the URL as well.
Customization of the URL aside, I am surprised to hear that special characters in URLs is not good SEO practice - I did consult with the internal SEO team here at HubSpot about this a while ago and was told at the time that special characters are actually nice to have. This was in the context of pages and blog posts, where users can edit those special characters and replace them with more 'simple' Latin-alphabet characters, so to your point you don't currently have that option with tags. I'll revisit this and see what I can find, but in any case do agree that customization of the tag page URLs would be ideal 🙂
@Niel we're working on loosening up restrictions so you can have different templates, comment settings, Google AMP settings, and social share settings. We're also working on making it easier to combine existing blog posts together.
This is definitely still a work in progress, hence the "in beta" status It's my team's top priority and we'll be sending out updates as soon as possible! Thank you for your patience.
@Niel we're taking a look at that error in your portal, thanks for bringing it to my attention. In future, please report issues like this one to the support team, as that will be the fastest way to get help 🙂
@dgil8 when you're brought to the Blog Settings, click on the Language option in order to add a new language for this blog. Then you'll be able to set the settings for that language and go back to create a multi-language variation for a blog post:
This is still in development and is my team's #1 priority. We're very close to having a public beta available, and I'll update this post as soon as that's live so you know how to opt into it. We're planning on making the beta version available to you all in about a month.
Thank you for your patience and support! We're looking forward to delivering this feature to you, and I'll post again as soon as I have an update.
This is in planning - thank you all for your patience!
Additional background and context for anyone interested:
Many have commented that it's weird for HubSpot's page tools to offer a multi-language option while the blog doesn't have that feature. I agree - it doesn't make sense 🙂 The tools look very similar - and the management interface is completely identical across all content tools. But in the back end, the code bases are separate (necessary, as a blog (RSS feed) is inherently different from pages in how it behaves), and there were some other tools (related to the fact that the blog tool uses a single template) that need to be made multi-language friendly before the blog can become multi-language. That's why HubSpot website and landing pages have had the multi-language feature for quite some time while the blog has not.
My team is eager to provide you with the best possible multi-language blog. We've spoken to many already about their multi-language needs, but we're always looking to hear from more customers. If you're willing to share your thoughts and experiences beyond the comments here (I've read them all!), please book a time to speak with me.