Build a Localized Application in 4 Steps
In today’s technology landscape, the effects of Globalization are seen everywhere ― the ability to buy products from most countries, interact with business partners from another continent (virtually), and even the real-time social media following of the news, regardless of where it took place. In the landscape of Globalization, the shift in focus has spun back around to hyper-local communities of consumers through a term called “Localization”.
While the words being thrown around are lofty and larger topics to discuss, for the purposes of this blog, Localization will be characterized as serving the same original content to numerous consumers over different geographies in their specified localized language. The same content can feel like a tailored experience when localized properly.
Today I will be demonstrating how to build a basic example of a localized application with content powered by the Cosmic JS CMS API . Adding localization to your Cosmic JS object types allows you to add versions of your content in different languages and locales by using simple Ajax requests to switch content out between the various geographies. The Localization Example App that I will be using is a content-ready web application from Cosmic JS .
I’ll be using Cosmic JS for this example app. Cosmic JS is an API-first CMS that makes managing and building websites and applications faster and more intuitive. By decoupling content from code, Cosmic JS empowers developer flexibility while ensuring content editors can plan and deploy content as it best suits them. We’ll be using Cosmic JS to install our example app, deploy and make content updates moving forward from the cloud-based Content Management Platform .
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Localization Example App Page
Localization Example App Demo
Localization Example App Codebase on GitHubVideo Tutorial: Localization 1. Create a NewBucket
Your bucket’s name is the name of your website, project, client or web application that you are building. I named mine “Localization” to remain concise for our example blog.2. Install the Localization Example Application
Once you’ve signed up and named your bucket, you’ll be prompted to start from scratch or “see some apps”. For this blog I simply clicked the right button to “see some apps” so that I could begin the installation process for the Cosmic JS Localization Example App.App Installation Options
Cosmic JS gives you the ability to filter between programming languages such as Node.js ,php , React , AngularJS and more.
Simply click “Install” underneath the Localization Example icon to get started, or visit the Cosmic JS Apps Page .
3. Deploy toWeb
I clicked “Deploy to Web”. I can then edit Objects while my web application is deploying. You will receive an email confirming the deployment of your web application. If you encounter any issues during deployment, you may be routed to the Cosmic JS Troubleshooting Page .Confirm Deploy Location andBranch
Deploy Branch Confirmation Modal
I’m drawing from a repo, my branch is clarified and I have a deployed location that matches my slug / bucket name that I made in Step 1.Deploy, DeployAway
A little reassurance that you’ll soon be up, alive and well on the web.:)4. Edit GlobalObjects
Now you can edit Global Objects, Files, Users, Media and more. Editing is a dream come true in the Cosmic JS Dashboard. To read more about how Cosmic JS was built with editing content in mind, read Building With the Content Editor in Mind .App Deployment Confirmation
You’ll receive an email confirming your deployed web application, as well as links and instructions for accessing your live application and managing its content thereafter. It’s as easy as signing up, creating a new bucket, installing the web application(s), edit objects and deploy! I get my confirmation email to access my web application and also see my options for bucket upgrades like custom domains, one-click SSL, webhooks and localization.Cosmic JS is an API-first cloud-based content management platfor