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Translate Your SAP Cloud Platform Portal Freestyle Site

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Translate Your SAP Cloud Platform Portal Freestyle Site

Translate Your SAP Cloud Platform Portal Freestyle Site

Translate the content of your Portal Freestyle site into any of the supported languages.

You will learn

  • How to download your site content for translation
  • How to translate the content yourself in the SAP Translation Hub (optional)
  • How to import and upload the translated content


To translate the content of your Portal freestyle site, the overall process is as follows. You download the string files of your content into a zip file and send it to a translator (or you can access the Translation Hub service and do it yourself). Once the files are translated, you import the translated zip files back into your Portal site and enable the translated languages so that end users can select the language that they want to work in.
In this tutorial, we will show you how to do this.

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  • You’ve opened your SAP Cloud Platform subaccount.
  • You’ve opened the Portal Service and navigated to the Site Directory where your Supplier Portal site that you created is located. For more information, see Create a Portal freestyle site.

Note that these steps are carried out using the Supplier Portal site that you created in a previous tutorial. However you can do these steps on any Portal site that you’ve created.

Step 1: Download files for translation

In this step, you will download the content of the Supplier Portal site into a ZIP file.

The files are downloaded into your Downloads folder. For convenience sake, in your Downloads folder, you may want to create a new folder called TRANSLATIONS and store your files there so that they are easy to find when you need to upload them again.

  1. From the Site Directory select the Supplier Portal site and click Edit to open it in the Portal Site Designer.

    Open the Supplier Portal site
  2. From the left side panel, click Services and Tools.

    Services and Tools
  3. Select the Translations Manager tile and click Configure to open the UI of the Translations Manager.

    Open the Translations file
  4. Under Translation Files click Download.

    Download site’s content

    You are downloading the site’s content in the master language (English).

  5. Select the master_Language_<date>.zip file that appears at the bottom of the screen and open it using the options menu.

    Select ZIP file

    You can now see the following files in the master_Language_<date>.zip file.

    ZIP files

    Here’s an explanation about the files that you’ve downloaded:


    File Description
    ASSETS A folder that includes all the site’s assets such as images, HTML files, and so on.
    A properties file with the site’s source strings such as text strings for menu items.
    README.txt A text file with explanations.


    A properties file that includes any web content strings in the site (these files exist only if there are web content widgets used in the site).
  6. Select the <siteId>.properties file and the WCE_<siteId>.properties file and click Extract To.

    Extract files
  7. Extract the zip files into your Downloads folder and save it in the Translation Files folder that you created. It’ll make it easier to find them afterwards when you need to upload them for translation.

    Save in Translations folder

If you go up a level and look at your Translation Files folder, you’ll see both your translation files like this:

Extracted files

Your files are now ready for translation.

At this stage you can send these files to your translator. They will then translate the files and when the translation is done, they will return the files to you for uploading back into your Portal site. In this case you will continue with Step 2 of this tutorial and then skip to steps 5 and 6.

If you want to translate the files yourself using the SAP Translation Hub – a service of SAP Cloud Platform, skip Step 2 and continue with the rest of the tutorial (steps 3, 4, 5, and 6).

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Step 2: Prepare translated property files for upload

This step is relevant only if you’ve sent your content files to a translator (in other words, you are not using the SAP Translation Hub to translate your site content).

When you get the translated files back from your translator, you receive them in the same format as when you sent the files to them like this:
<siteId>.properties and WCE_<siteId>.properties.

Before you can upload the translated files to your Portal site, you need to ensure that each translated file includes a language locale as a suffix. This suffix identifies the translated language.

  1. If the files don’t already include this suffix, rename the properties file that has been translated to German and add de as the suffix. Do the same with the properties file that has been translated to French - rename this one with fr in the suffix.

  2. Now open the master_Language_<date>.zip file (that you downloaded in Step 1) and add the renamed property files to this zip file.

  3. Do this for both the <siteId>.properties and WCE_<siteId>.properties files.

When you’re done, this is how the files should look in your master_Language_<date>.zip file.

Add suffix to file

Note that you have 3 files for each - one with the German translation <siteId>, one with the French translation <siteId>, and the original one that is already there and has not changed.

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Step 3: Open the SAP Translation Hub

To do this step, you need to go back to the SAP Cloud Platform cockpit where you can access the SAP Translation Hub service.

Let’s start.

  1. You’re still in the Translation Manager. To access the cockpit easily, click Useful Tools at the bottom of the left panel and choose SAP Cloud Platform Cockpit.

    Open Useful Tools
  2. From the left side panel in the cockpit, click Services.

    Open cockpit services
  3. From the Globalization category, select the SAP Translation Hub tile.

    Translation Hub service
  4. From the SAP Translation Hub - Overview page, click Go to UI for Translation Workflow.

    UI for Translation Workflow

The SAP Translation Hub user interface opens in a new browser tab.

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Step 4: Create your translation projects

In this step, you are going to create translation projects for the .properties files that you downloaded.

Let’s start.

  1. Click + at the footer of the Translation Projects list.

    Create a translation project
  2. Click File Upload.

    Upload file

  3. In the File Upload Project Details screen, enter the following values:

    Property Value
    Project Name Supplier Portal Site Texts
    File Type Java Properties Files
    Source Language English
    Target Languages select German and French

    This is how it looks on the screen.

    Project details

  4. Click Save.

    The new Translation Project is created.

  5. Click Upload File at the bottom right corner of the screen.

    Upload file
  6. In the File Upload dialog click Browse.

    Browse for your file
  7. Navigate to the Translation Files folder where you saved your downloaded files and select the <SITE_ID>.properties file. Click Open.

    Add translation file
  8. Click Upload and Translate. You will see that the translation process starts. Hang on until the progress bar shows that the translation process is done.

    Upload and translate
  9. Once the translation process is complete, click the Translations tab that appears.

    Translations tab

  10. Click Download Translations at the bottom right of the screen.

    Download Translations
  11. You can see your translation zip file at the bottom of the screen. Click Open.

    Translated file
  12. The Supplier Portal Site opens from your Downloads folder.

    Translated files

    Note that you have two files - one in German and one in French.

  13. Now you need to create another translation project for the web content properties file (WCE_<SITE_ID>.properties). To do this, repeat steps 1 to 12. Name this project Supplier Portal WCM Texts. Select the same target languages as the first properties file, and then upload the WCE_<SITE_ID>.properties file.

    The result is:

    Second translation file

You are now ready to upload your translated files to your Portal site. To do this, you need to go back to the Portal Site Designer and open the Supplier Portal site.

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Step 5: Upload translated content

In this step you will upload the translated files. Either the files that you received from your translator or those that you translated above in the SAP Translation Hub.

  1. Go back to the Portal Service.

  2. From the Site Directory, open your Supplier Portal site for editing.

  3. Click Services and Tools and open the Translations Manager.

  4. Under Translation Files, click Upload.

    Upload translations
  5. From your Downloads folder, select the Supplier Portal Site file. You will get a toast message to say that the upload was successful.

    Upload first translated file
  6. Then click Upload again to upload the Supplier Portal Site WCM file.

    Upload second translated file
  7. In the Translations Manager scroll down to the Available Languages section and turn on the French and German languages to activate them. Once activated, these languages will be available for end users of your site to select.

    Enable languages
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Step 6: View Your Translated Site

Now you are going to publish the Supplier Portal with all your changes. Since you have uploaded the translated content in French and German, and since you have activated the French and German languages, end users will be able to select these languages in their Supplier Portal site.

Let’s check this out.

  1. In the top right corner of the Supplier Portal site, click Publish to publish the latest changes.

    Publish site
  2. In the Publish Site dialog box, click Publish and Open to open the Supplier Portal site in the master language (English) in a new browser tab.

    Publish and open
  3. Click the Me icon on the left side of the top-level menu.

    Open Me area
  4. Click Settings.

    Open Settings
  5. In the Settings dialog box, select Language & Region. Note that the languages French and German are in the dropdown list for selection.

    Select language and region
  6. Select French and then Save. Note that the browser reloads in French and looks like this:

    Translated site
  7. Now try it out in German.

  8. When you are done, set the language back to your Browser Language (English) as the language settings are applied to your User and will be applied throughout your SAP Cloud Platform account.

Just for your information - web content editors can translate the web content of a site directly from the Web Content Editor tool by selecting one of the languages activated by the site administrator. For more information, see Translate Web Content

Congratulations! You have translated your Portal freestyle site and end users can now view the content of your site in French and German.

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