I'm creating a site that I want to display in multiple languages for different countries, but this is my first time doing this and not sure what est practices are.
So for all my static text in my code I just wrap it in the translate function and POedit is able to extract the strings.
Then for all my dynamic text that is being generated via PHP from my DB, when I add something new to my DB on the back end, I also do a
file_put_contents() into the PO file as well so I have those strings to be translated.
So everything in my database is in english but gets added to my PO file. The issue is I also have a search bar. This searches my DB for various items but can only search in english.
What I am trying to do at the moment is something like this, where I translate the actual input using Google Translate API and search in English:
$term = $_POST['search_text']; $result = $translate->translate($term, [ 'target' => 'en' ]); $translation = $result['text']; $new_term = '%'.$translation.'%'; $params = [$new_term]; $sql = "SELECT * FROM products WHERE product_name LIKE ?"; $stmt = DB::run($sql,$params);
Obviously this isn't perfect because I'm relying on Google to do translate the search terms, but it is picking up the right results in general.
Is there a better way of doing this because this seems like I'm going about it the wrong way. Any help or suggestions with this would be greatly appreciated.