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Integrating Storyblok with Lokalise

INFO:

On May 13th, 2024, Storyblok started gradually rolling out a new design for its Visual Editor. Therefore, the Visual Editor product screenshots depicted in this resource may not match what you encounter in the Storyblok App. For more information and a detailed reference, please consult this FAQ on the new Visual Editor design.

In this article, you’ll learn how to integrate Storyblok with Lokalise to make your content translation process faster and more convenient. But what is Lokalise? I hear you ask. It is a feature-rich localization and translation management platform that offers tools for translators, managers, developers, and designers, namely:

  • The ability to manage translations using a convenient graphical user interface across your team.
  • The ability to assign tasks to team members, define various automation and quality assurance rules, create project branches, and much more.
  • A vast array of integrations with third-party services and software include GitHub, Amazon S3, Trello, Figma, Adobe XD, and Storyblok.
  • Software development kits for mobile applications and client libraries for our API.

Lokalise is here to get your translations done and offers flexible subscription plans. Intrigued? Then let’s begin!

Section titled Preparations Preparations

Section titled Registration Registration

To get started, you will need to create a new account with Lokalise if you don’t have one already. Grab your free trial here (no credit card is required), enter your details, like your name and email, and complete the registration.

Important:

Be aware that you need to upgrade to the Business Plan after the free trial is over to keep using the integration and many other features.

After logging in to the system, you’ll see the following page:

Lokalise dashboard

Lokalise dashboard

This is your dashboard, and it lists all the available translation projects in your current team. What’s the difference between a team and a project? Nothing too complex, really:

  • A team includes projects, global settings, and members (users). Once you have registered on Lokalise, a new team is automatically created for you; initially, only your account is added as a member of this team. As a team creator, you can access all team settings and projects. Later, you may invite more users and grant them certain access rights. Finally, each team has its own subscription plan that you may upgrade or downgrade as needed.
  • A project belongs to a team. It includes your translations, languages, screenshots, glossary entries, integration settings, quality assurance rules, and other data. Usually, one project contains all the translations for a single website or a mobile application. As mentioned above, you have full access to all projects within your team. Inviting additional users and granting them certain access rights to specific projects is also possible. You can create as many projects as you require within a team.

The screenshot above shows that I have two projects called “Storyblok” and “Sample Project.” Each project has a list of associated languages, and the current translation progress is displayed for each language.

Section titled Creating a new project Creating a new project

Go ahead and create a new translation project by clicking the New project button or pressing the Ctrl + P (Cmd + P) shortcut.

Adding a project with Lokalise

Adding a project with Lokalise

Fill in the following fields:

  • Project name — enter any name you’d like. I’ll name my project “Personal content”.
  • Description — optionally, you can explain the purpose of your project.
  • Base language — choose the primary language. It should match the primary of your content in Storyblok. I’ll keep “English”.
  • Target languages — choose one or more languages you’ll be translating into. For this example, I’ll select Spanish.
  • Options — for now you can leave options as is. To make a long story short, “Reviewing” means assigning a special “reviewed” status to your translations. Usually, this means that translations were double-checked and proofread by one of your teammates or a freelancer.
  • Project type — set to Localization files. The Documents type is used in cases where you’d like to translate Word or HTML files.

When you are ready, hit Proceed.

Section titled Project editor Project editor

After the project is created, you will see the following screen:

This is the project editor where you will manage your translations, languages, and other aspects of your project. While this editor might look a bit complex at first (there are many unusual icons and buttons), you’ll find yourself working with it like a pro in no time.

Section titled Adding content languages Adding content languages

Now let’s switch from Lokalise to Storyblok for a moment. Open your Storyblok board and proceed to Settings {1} --> Internationalization {2}

Storyblok Internationalization
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2

Storyblok Internationalization

Here you can set a default language for your content and add other languages into which you would like to translate. In the example above, I have English as the default language and two additional ones: German and Spanish.

After you have adjusted the language settings, hit Save. Before returning to Lokalise, make sure to change the content schema properly. Specifically, ensure that all fields you translate are marked as Translatable. To achieve that, proceed to the Block Library and click on the item that you wish to make translatable:

Storyblok library

Storyblok library

Click on the field tab

edit field

Tick the Translatable option and save the changes as shown below:

Storyblok translatable

Now you can return to Lokalise!

Section titled Setting up a new integration Setting up a new integration

At this point, we are ready to integrate Storyblok with Lokalise.  Return to your Lokalise project and choose Apps from the top menu:

Lokalise app menu

Lokalise app menu

Use the search box in the top right corner to find the “Storyblok” integration.  Click on it:

Then hit install:

Section titled Personal access token Personal access token

Enter your personal access token and choose the region:

To obtain a personal access token, return to Storyblok, click on your username in the bottom left corner, and then choose Account settings:

Find the Personal access tokens section and select Generate new Token:

Copy your new token, return to Lokalise, paste it into the corresponding text box, and click Authorize. Please note that your personal token must be kept secure and should not be disclosed publicly!

Warning:

Don’t share the Personal access token with anyone or post them on any public space.

Section titled Importing content from Storyblok to Lokalise Importing content from Storyblok to Lokalise

You will be presented with another dialog to configure the integration:

Here, choose your Storyblok space and the base language of your content. When you are ready, press Save. Your Storyblok data will be loaded automatically (you might need to click Reload list to see all the items).

If you need to refresh the loaded data, click the corresponding button:


After the refresh process is completed, you’ll see this notification message:

To start translating your content in Lokalise, you’ll need to import the desired items first. To achieve this, find the items you want to translate and put checkmarks next to them:

You can use the search box in the top right corner or construct a new filter using the Filter dropdown. Once you are ready, click Import selected.

Choose the content languages that you would like to import:

For example, if your content is currently only available in English, you can remove all other languages from this list, as the corresponding translations will be empty anyway. However, please note that if your Storyblok space contains languages that are not present on Lokalise, you’ll need to choose these languages so that they are created for you. Specifically, we have added only English and Spanish languages to Lokalise, whereas on Storyblok, we also have the German language. To add this language automatically, I’ve chosen it from the dropdown.

You can also tick the Skip key creation for empty translations option so that keys are not created on Lokalise if they do not contain translations for any languages.

If you have already imported the chosen items and wish to download newer versions to Lokalise, select the Overwrite updated translations checkbox. Please note that this will overwrite all the corresponding translations in your Lokalise project with new versions from Storyblok.

You may also need to enable the Import references option. What does that mean? If you get an issue with "Field is a reference,":

It simply means that this item will not be imported independently as it contains no translatable content. However, if you select this item and enable the Import references option, all records referenced from this field will get imported automatically.

Finally, you can assign one or more tags to the imported translation keys by adjusting the corresponding field.


Click OK. Your content will be imported to Lokalise in the background. After this process is finished, you’ll see this notification message:

Section titled Managing translations Managing translations

Now return to the project editor by clicking on the project name in the top left corner. Then, you will see all the imported content, for example:

Section titled Tags Tags

The long alphanumeric values to the left are called translation keys: basically, they act as special identifiers to properly connect your translations in Lokalise with the content in Storyblok. Do not change these translation keys as doing so may lead to various technical issues.

Each translation key will be assigned a Storyblok tag and any additional tags you’ve chosen when setting up the importing operation. 

You may use these tags to filter your translations. To achieve this, click Filter --> Tag and choose the tags you are interested in:


Section titled Performing translations Performing translations

Now, how do you translate something? It’s simple: just click on the text next to the desired language. For instance, I’d like to translate the header into Spanish:


After clicking on the word Empty, you’ll be presented with a text input like so:

Simply enter your translation in that text field and click the Save button. Moreover, you’ll see machine translation suggestions, namely from Google Translate, DeepL, and Bing. To use one of the suggested versions, click it.

Section titled Exporting content from Lokalise to Storyblok Exporting content from Lokalise to Storyblok

Once you have translated the content, you’ll need to export it back to Storyblok. To do this, click Apps again and open the Storyblok integration.

Find the items you wish to export, select the checkboxes next to them, and click Export selected:


Choose the languages you would like to export:

If necessary, uncheck the Don’t export empty translations option. When you are ready, click OK. Once the process is finished, you’ll see the following notification message:


Section titled Checking the result Checking the result

At this point you can return to Storyblok and check out the result! For example, I have opened my first blog post to make sure that its title and body were translated properly:


To change the content language, use the dropdown in the top menu:

Section titled Automatic import and export Automatic import and export

The automated import and export feature allows you to set up an automatic content exchange process between your Lokalise project and Storyblok. This way, you don't need to trigger the import or export operation every time manually; it will run automatically.

To set this feature up, open the Storyblok app on Lokalise and click on the Automated settings button:

You’ll be presented with the following dialog box where you can adjust import and export:


Please learn more about this feature in Lokalise docs.

Section titled Conclusion Conclusion

And that’s it! You can repeat the process to translate more Storyblok content with ease. As you can see, there is nothing complex about integrating Storyblok with Lokalise, and this integration enables you to manage localized content more easily.

If you want to learn more about Lokalise features, I recommend checking out our “Getting started” guides that cover all the basic features and demonstrate these concepts in practice using screenshots and videos. More advanced topics are also covered in our docs, but if you find yourself struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team as well.

That’s it for today, folks. Thank you for reading this post, and see you soon on Lokalise!

Author

Ilya Bodrov-Krukowski

Ilya Bodrov-Krukowski

Ilya is a head of content at Lokalise, an IT tutor and author, web developer, and ex-Microsoft/Cisco specialist. His primary programming languages are Ruby, JavaScript, Python, and Elixir. He enjoys coding, teaching people, and learning new things. In his free time, he writes educational posts, participates in OpenSource projects, tweets, goes in for sports, and plays music.