Daily, there are more and more new online stores using OXID eShop. Some of these shops are supposed to be available in just one language (e.g. German), nevertheless they tend to forget to disable English, which is enabled as an additional language in OXID eShop by default.

This issue rears its ugly head if for example a browser’s standard language has been configured in English and the shop is supposed to be available in German only and the administrator forgot to disable English. Then, visitors will see a English version of the shop that looks rather strange. All looks good in a browser with German as the language identifier. Then OXID eShop will show the nicely crafted German content as intended.

If you don't use English in your OXID eShop

Above screenshot shows the English version of a supposedly unilingual German eCommerce site. Looks creepy, doesn’t it?

Hence, if you don’t need a language, please

  • deactivate it (see below screenshot) and
  • clear the cache (/tmp/ folder)

de-activate English in your OXID eShop installation

Hope this helps to avoid creepy zombie multi-language sites 🙂

  1. Michael Fuchs says:

    Hi Marco,
    good post. Just the hint is missing, that you should OLNY deaktivate the second language and never delete it. To delete english will lead to new trouble.


  2. Marco Steinhäuser says:

    Absolutely, Michael. Thanks for that hint! As I used to work with other systems before (also OSC based), it went to a matter of course to don’t touch any pre-installed languages for this reason.

  3. Javier says:


    I think that OXID eshop is the best option of open code that exists to create an online store, but there is not yet an Spanish translation. I am willing to do it because I think it’s worth. Would you give me some pointers to get started. What I must keep in mind to do it. I know it will be hard but I am very exited.

    Thanks and regards.

  4. Marco Steinhäuser says:

    Hello Javier,

    thanks in the name of the community! Indeed, Spanish is still missing. There are two language files:
    /out/[Theme]/en/lang.php for the store front and
    /out/admin/en/lang.php for the admin panel.

    We collect all translated languages on this pages in OXIDforge:

    Somebody already promised to translate into Spanish but nothing happened yet. Please simply overwrite this file.

    Gracias and regards!

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