We hope that you are all excited for the upcoming year-end holidays. Today, we’ve got some exciting new changes to announce for Ethereum.org’s Translation Program and some milestones to celebrate.
To start, we can’t thank you enough for all of your support this year. Thanks to you we’ve been able to update 16 languages in 2020!
And since our launch 13 months ago, unique pageviews of translated content have grown 10 times more than last year.
But we don’t want to stop there…
Help us with v2.0+
Today we’re announcing our next big content push that’s ready for translations. It is a lot of content, so it’s in Crowdin across v2.0, v2.1, and v2.2. These versions cover the following pages:
- Eth2 – Important information that covers everything Eth2, from the Beacon Chain and staking, to why we need the Eth2 upgrades and how they will change the network.
- Ethereum Developer Resources – a wide spectrum of educational content for both beginners and advanced developers.
- and more!
Let’s get global
Currently, the ethereum.org website is supporting 33 languages, but 25 languages are still in progress on Crowdin. We’re seeing more demand from smaller language communities so we’ve added more regional languages to Crowdin.
Our goal is to make ethereum.org more accessible for users around the world, regardless of language and location. We’re getting closer, and we believe that with your help (and by working as a community), we’ll achieve our goal.
A new UX for ethereum.org translations
Despite the traffic growth for translated pages, we’ve noticed that the growth relative to overall traffic has gone down this year. As seen below, the pageviews of translated pages reached nearly 20% of total unique pageviews in February but it has declined to 10% in recent months.
We believe that this is because we’ve expanded our English content so much over the past couple of months that translated content has become outdated. As a result more users are reverting back to the English website.
With this data in mind, plus the desire to make our latest content accessible to all language sites, we’re making more changes…
Updates to the language sites
We’re concerned that users of the site in other languages are missing out on the latest information, which is only available in English. So we’re making the following changes:
- If a page isn’t available in your chosen language, we’ll display the English content alongside the banner below (which will be translated in your chosen language). This means you’ll always be seeing the most up-to-date content, even if we haven’t been able to translate it yet.
- If there have been English updates to a page you’re viewing in your chosen language, we’ll offer you the chance to view the new English content. That way, you’ll know that there is new information that has not yet been translated.
Our content changes are often more than just copy changes. We update the site regularly to add more up-to-date products, articles, and other resources that we don’t want you to miss out on.
We hope this approach will offer a better experience of ethereum.org, and that it might encourage more translation contributions.
Updates to the translation program
- Hiding old versions in CrowdIn
To focus on the latest website translation, we’ve hidden old versions (v.1.0 and v.1.1) in CrowdIn. The previously translated content in old versions are saved in our project’s Translation Memory. This will be used to speed up the translation of the new versions by pre-translating the same or similar strings.
- Updating new versions: v.2.x
As mentioned, to translate all new content, we’ve split things up into a few minor versions: v.2.0, v.2.1, and v,2.2. We’ve given those numbers in the order of priority. We encourage you to translate the lowest version first, and to work your way up to higher versions. If you’d like to translate higher vrsions, that’s fine too, but we’ll upload these later after the lower versions are uploaded.
Call for more translators
For many of us, 2020 was a challenging year. We deeply appreciate the community’s tireless enthusiasm and ongoing contributions during this difficult time. We are looking forward to continuing our great work with you and to welcoming more volunteers next year. We’re always on the look out for more translators to help us get more folks involved. If you’re aware of anyone that may be interested, please feel free to direct them to the translation program, or to our Discord.
And remember that you can always post questions, collaborate with other translators, or just hang out in our ethereum.org Discord server. Look for the #translations channel for translation-specific queries.
We wish you and your loved ones a safe and peaceful year-end.