What is Language Fallback in Sitecore 8.1?

One of the new core features in the Sitecore Experience Platform 8.1 (XP8.1) is Language Fallback. For sites on XP8.1 that cater for international audiences, Language Fallback is a great enhancement.

Posted: 06th  July 2016Categories: Tech Stream0

So what is Language Fallback?

Language Fallback enables Sitecore XP8.1 to ‘fallback’ to a default language that doesn’t have a relevant language version. For example, because Arabic is a partially localised language, fallback options could be either English, French or both. This particular multiple fallback feature is known as ‘chained fallback’ i.e. if a value isn’t found in the fallback language, Sitecore falls back to a third, fourth or fifth option, and so on…

Language Fallback is fully configurable on the granular level, whereby Sitecore items, fields and templates can have fallback enabled.

Key Features:

  • Chained fallback
  • Granular fallback control of items and fields
  • Configurable site-level and template fields
  • Language fallback rules
  • Language selector indicates which languages have fallback versions enabled
  • Versions selector on a fallback item displays the corresponding message

Are you running a Sitecore website with international language versioning? Do you need language fallback? Contact us to find out more.

As a Platinum Implementation Partner we want to make sure you get the best out of Sitecore CMS and the Sitecore Experience Platform. That is why we offer expert Sitecore specific services that range from consultancy and training to maintenance, migration and support. Codehouse Sitecore Discovery is an open-dialogue consultancy service designed to get your Sitecore project off to the best start. Codehouse Sitecore Business-as-Usual takes over the on-going support and enhancement of your existing Sitecore solution. Codehouse Sitecore Migration delivers end-to-end migration to the Sitecore platform using industry best practice. The Codehouse comprehensive Sitecore Support Service is available to those for whom we have built Sitecore solutions as well as those who already have a Sitecore website and are looking for a flexible, focused Sitecore Partner.

Leave a comment

Have your say