I’m new to the platform, but very pleased to be vetted so quickly and already be able to start my first house-sitting gig within a few days of signing up and now have another gig lined up.
I notice that the platform is mainly USA+UK with a smattering of English-speaking expats around the world. My question is: Would it be possible to make the site available in more languages? I speak French, Spanish and Portuguese. Is it possible to get in touch directly with the product development team? I am also a freelance software developer.
Hi @PatrickJohnCollins welcome to our community forum and to TrustedHousesitters.
Congratulations on confirming your first sits so quickly, where have you sat and where is your next sit but more importantly what pets have you been keeping company and happy at home? I couldn’t actually see on your profile, it would be great to have you share your first experience.
Our team constantly visit the forum it’s an integral part of our product and an excellent source of member feedback, suggestions and ideas and the internationalization of the TrustedHousesitters platform is part of future plans.
Welcome again. I hope you enjoy connecting with members from around the world and closer to home.
Angela & The Team
Thanks for the fast reply Angela. However, you didn’t answer the question : Would it be possible to make the site available in more languages? I speak French, Spanish and Portuguese.
A question for Product Team Patrick … @Ben-ProductManager
She did answer the question. She said that internationalization - which is making it available in multiple languages - is part of future plans. I think this is a really low priority though as you’re the first person I’ve seen mention it. Especially compared to some core functionality requests that many people are waiting for.
I think it is a great idea : as a french sitter I find it hard to convince french speaking people to become sitter or Home-owner with THS as they don’t speak enough english to struggle with the listing or the website.
I really think, they would be much more french people (and potentially more sitters what we are really missing at the moment) if some translation was made… And there is quite a lot of listings in France. And I often meet french people asking me about THS when they see me walking dogs (with my THS hoodie on !) !
So yes : good idea @PatrickJohnCollins !
Im happy to read @Angela-CommunityManager 's answer :
Not sure if it makes sense at this point (not speaking about the more distant future). There are already some listings in German or French, they get even fewer applicants than the ones in English (who are also struggling at the moment). For France you also have Nomador. A lot of sits outside of the UK are by expats. People in Scandinavia or Germany usually speak English quite well, but the concept of THS is alien to them (and often the neighbors are on high alert).
while you´re waiting for the internalization … let your browser translate it for you on the fly. Ex, in Chrome
- Launch Google Chrome and go to the Google Translate website i.e. translate.google.com.
- Type the entire URL of your website in the text box on the left.
- Select the new language you wish to translate your website into.
- Click the Translate button.