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Josetta has been discontinued as of January 20, 2017. It is not developed any longer, and unsupported. This documentation is left available as a reference for past users.

First, be sure you have read this overview and understand the principles upon which Josetta operates.

Reminder: Your Joomla! site must be configured as a multilingual site before Josetta can be of any use. We recommend having a fully configured multilingual site before installing Josetta.

1 - Prepare your site for multilingual operation

Configuring Joomla! to operate as a multilingual site requires a few steps such as installing wanted languages, and configuring some standard menu items. We've compiled below a quick list of tutorials showing how to do this:

If you install an entirely new site, the Joomla! installer directly offers to add additional languages and create per language categories and menus. This way, you'll get a fully configured site in seconds.

2 - Install Josetta

Please see the installation page for that. After installation has completed, you'll notice new elements on your site:

  • a Josetta user group, with multiple sub-groups, one per content language on your site
  • a Josetta front end menu, with a Josetta translation manager menu item
  • a Josetta access level

3 - Give translators permission to translate

Access to translating content through Josetta is granted to logged-in users who belong to either the Josetta group or one of the per-language sub-groups.

So before translating can start, either by yourself or by other translators, you should:

  • create a user account per translator (you can use existing accounts, not need to create new ones specially for Josetta use)
  • add users either to the Josetta group, or to one ore more of the sub-groups:

Assign user to translate all languages

This above user has been added to the Josetta group, in order to translate any language. The user below, being assigned to the es-ES group, will only be presented with Spanish translations options.

Assign user to translate specific languages

Add users to the Josetta group or sub-groups in addition to their current group(s). They don't need to have specific accounts for the Josetta-translation work they do.

If some language groups are missing:

Josetta will automatically create per-language sub-groups upon installation. However, if you install more languages after Josetta has been installed, those languages won't have any Josetta sub-group. You should therefore add them yourself, using the Joomla! Groups manager, under Users > Groups. Add one group per language. Use the language 4-letters code as the group title and make sure the group parent is the Josetta group.

4 - Done: go translate!

You or your translators can do that either on the front end or back end.