New Theme feature: Language Bar

Posted on Apr 4, 2022 in Content, Main, Theme Options Instructions

The language bar has been added to the state theme to provide assistance to LEP (limited English proficiency) users of the web sites. There are eighteen languages that you may add to your language bar: English, Cantonese (Chinese), Kapasen Chuuk (Chuukese),  French, German, Olelo Hawai`i (Hawaiian), Ilokano (Filipino), Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Chinese), Kajin Majel (Marshallese), Samoan, Espanol (Spanish), Tagalog (Filipino), Thai, Tongan, Vietnamese, and Visayan (Cebuano).

You will find the language bar options under Appearances > Header/Footer (tab) > Language bar.

Click on the down arrow to explore your choices.

language bar menu screenshot

  • In the parent site only, any language options set here will be the global setting for both the parent and all child sites. So if they only want to enter the language options once, it’ll have to be entered in the parent.
  • Use the check box to choose the language you would like to display in the language bar.
  • Click on the radio button to add/edit the text for the language selection from the language bar.
  • If they want to customize individual child sites, they can do so by going directly to that site and selecting the option to ‘use custom settings’ and it will override the global options.

language bar editor screenshot

Screen shot of the Appearances > Header/Footer (tab) > Language bar on a child site.

  • When editing a child site, the user will be presented with two options: 1) use global setting or 2) use custom setting
  • The global setting will be checked by default
  • If user wishes to customize the languages on a child site they must 1) select the custom setting and 2) select at least one language and 3) enter language text
  • A custom setting on a child site will overwrite the global setting.
  • If a user wants to turn off the language bar entirely, they can deselect all language options and remove text and it will no longer appear on the site.

language bar editor child site screenshot