Also I did try out the native multi language option in Joomla but found it was limited.
I decided on Jdiction because of the reviews here, I can assure all that read this the reviews written here complimenting the support and use of Jdiction are well founded for this FREE extension.
I had a problem with the Chinese flag, Harald from Jdiction responded to my query on the forum within one hour, he guided me through the fix with patient ease.
Thank you again Harald.
I recommend this extension to all who require a Multi Language site. You wont be disappointed.
I took over a community website that had a government requirement to be bilingual. The previous webmaster had tried different solutions that didn't work. After seeing the reviews here on JED I decided to give it a try.
What a joy! The little colored flag system is a great idea and enables the users to know exactly what needs to be done.
This is not a "Translation" tool. You need to use your own translations.
Make sure all your menu items and articles are set to "Language: all".
Harald also offers great support and got back to me right way to solve a minor issue (my mistake).
The Extension is free, consider donating!
Since I discovered this extension, the solution is obvious: jDiction solves most of the common problems we get with multilingual websites.
Even if the software is a 1.0 prerelease version it works wonders, the documentation is neat and the developer ready to help through his support forum: a winning combo!
Love it plainly!
I wrote article, and near with title, I see if it is translated or no.
And support is the best!
When I installed jdiction it didn't work, because of, as I later found out, a typo in the database server name, totaly unrelated to the plugin itself. I posted on the forums, got a response within five minutes and after less than half an hour, the developer offered the solution.
If the current rating doesn't speak volumes about the extension, then what does?
The level of support I received was over the top and exclusive. The forums are extremely helpful and Harald will make it so. I received feedback from the form in less than 1 day and was able to resolve me problem I had, which was joomla version support(v3.0.x).
Pros - Ease of use, support, simplicity, guidelines/instructions, cost(free)
Cons - N/A (no cons)
HIGHLY recommended, no reason to go find another extension of the same purpose.
It works perfect and i had trouble once and the support made me speechless. Despite the fact that it is non-commercial, the developer took a look at the site the same day and could fix it withing 20 Minutes.
I am very glad I found this and would recomment it everyboy!
I've tried other components, and found them rather complicated. JDiction is much easier to use and, more important, explain to end users.
I've already made a couple websites so I've got a little experience, jDiction really makes translations alot easier.
As for the support, I've never seen developpers reply so rapidly and willing to help. I had a problem (of my own making) and jDiction team (Harald) helped me out, replying within the half hour and even going to my website when I gave him the keys.
I VERY strongly advise those who want a multi-lingual site to use this marvelous tool.
Jdiction was not working with phocagallery (an other extension to display photo gallery), I asked the question in the forum and I was provided with a solution in less than 30min.
The extension is quite simple to use once installed, I strongly recommend it!!
The mod didn't work for me on installation, so I sought help in the forum and received a very quick response. The dev team logged into my site and fixed the problem very quickly and effectively, and now I have a great translation system. Works on all aspects of the site - articles, menus, SEO, and so on. Fantastic mod, thanks guys.