Shopify - How to use Helium?

In this article, you'll find how to install Helium and how to manage your translations from the Shopify app. You'll be introduced to the Helium app.

Helium is one of our translation apps and it's available only on Shopify. It uses the Shopify store language to generate translations.
Be aware that by using Helium you won't get a Weglot account. You should manage everything from Shopify directly.

Helium is a totally free app and we cannot provide email support for this app.
If you can’t find a solution in this article, you can use Shopify forums to ask the community.
Also, please note that we are focusing our effort on the Weglot app at the moment, on which we offer support as well


1. Install Helium on your Shopify Store
2. Set up Helium
3. How to manage languages
4. Add a translated language
5. How to edit translations
6. How to edit the language switcher



1. Install Helium on your Shopify Store

In the Shopify app store, you can find the app called "Translate Your Store - Helium". 

First, click on the "Add app" button to install it on your store.

2. Set up Helium

To start, you're asked to enter one language. You have to choose one and click on "Start!".

If you want to add many languages, you will be able to do it later. At this moment, you only have to choose one language.

3.How to manage languages

To find several options about your languages, click on "Manage languages" in the top left corner of the app.

At the beginning, your translations are private and only admin users can see them. 

For instance, you can see here that the French language is private in so far as it indicates "Unpublished".

To make the language public, click on "Publish". Therefore, all your visitors will be able to visit the translated version of your website.

When it's public, you'll see a green indicator written "Published" to let you know.

Notice that you can click on the eye icon to visit your store and see the translated version.

Also, as Helium use Shopify's store language, you'll be able to manage your languages from your Settings > Store languages

You can find here all the languages you've added even if it's already published or not.

From here, you'll be able to delete the language, publish it, add a new one, or see the preview. By clicking on "Edit", you'll be redirected to the Helium App.

4. Add a translated language

In your Apps > Translate your store - Helium > Manage languages, you'll also see an option to add languages.

You just have to enter the language you want in the "Add language" area and finally click on the "Add" button. 

The new language you add will by default be unpublished. 

5. How to edit translations

In the Helium App, click on the category you want to translate and chose the element you want to edit.

For example here, we chose the category "Collection" and the element "Page d'accueil":

After clicking on it, you'll see words related to this element and you'll be able to edit it. The original text is on the left and you can see the translation on the right. 

Here, "Page d'accueil" is translated by "Home" in English.

By clicking on the little arrow (→), you will transfer the original text in the translation area.

6. How to edit the language switcher

In your Apps > Translate your store - Helium > Switcher settings, you will find some options about the language switcher.

Indeed, you can choose to display the language switcher or not. You'll find further details about this option by clicking on "Installation details and help".

You can also change the position of the button to the left or the right side.

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