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I’ve been looking for a dual language solution that will paginate both blogs and have finally got something working. Most of the solutions I found wouldn’t paginate the secondary language blog since Jekyll will only paginate one blog by default.


I’m paginating the secondary language blog with Georg Schmidl’s Jekyll Paginate Multiple plugin. I’ve setup an example repo here.

What Did Not Work

Here are a few of the plugins I’ve tried that did not work for me:


I also tried the Octopress Paginate plugin which is supposed to allow multilingual pagination. I couldn’t get that to work either. It would throw errors or simply wouldn’t build.

There are a few tutorials around the interwebz that attempt to get multi-language blogs to work on GitHub Pages—meaning without plugins. The two below came close but neither would paginate the secondary language blog.


What Did Work

I didn’t need this to work on GitHub pages so being a plugin wasn’t a problem, but I did need it to work on CloudCannon. After contacting CloudCannon for ideas, Ross setup a repo for me and sent me an email explaining the structure. I didn’t like the exact structure he’d used, but it got me thinking. He didn’t use plugins and was able to do everything I wanted except the pagination.

So here’s what I’ve got working so far:

  1. Create a directory for the secondary language. In the example repo, I’ve used /th.
  2. Add all the translated documents there—the secondary index.html, about.html, etc.
  3. Be sure to add include: [th] to your _config.yml file so Jekyll knows where those files live.

Pagination Settings

In order to paginate the secondary language blog, I’m using the jekyll-paginate-multiple plugin. The plugin’s README file does a good job of explaining the setup. My paginate settings in the _config.yml file are slightly different since I’m not outputting the English blog in a /en directory.

  - paginate: 3
    paginate_path: '/blog/page:num/'
    sub_dir: '/en'
  - paginate: 3
    paginate_path: '/th/blog/page:num/'
    sub_dir: '/th'

Language Switcher

Since the secondary language is added as a subdirectory we’ll need to add “/th” before the page URL or remove it if we’re on a Thai language page.

{% if page.language == 'en' %}
  <a class="menu-item" href="{{ page.url | prepend: '/th' }}">ภาษาไทย</a>
{% endif %}
{% if page.language == 'th' %}
  <a class="menu-item" href="{{ page.url | remove: '/th' }}">English</a>
{% endif %}


In order to have blog post dates in the appropriate language, we’ve got to tell Jekyll what those dates are called. Not only did I want the dates displayed in the correct language, I wanted them ordered differently. Since I was working with Thai language I wanted it to output in day-month-year and in English month-day-year like this:

  • 4 กุมภาพันธ์ 2017
  • February 4, 2017

This code is 100% swiped from Sylvain Durand’s Making Jekyll Multilingual article.

I created a date.html file in the _includes directory with the following:

{% capture hide %}

{% if include.mode != 'month' %}

  {% assign day = | date: "%-d" %}

{% endif %}

{% if page.language == 'th' %}

  {% assign m = | date: "%-m" %}
  {% case m %}
    {% when '1' %}
      {% capture month %}มกราคม{% endcapture %}
    {% when '2' %}
      {% capture month %}กุมภาพันธ์{% endcapture %}
    {% when '3' %}
      {% capture month %}มีนาคม{% endcapture %}
    {% when '4' %}
      {% capture month %}เมษายน{% endcapture %}
    {% when '5' %}
      {% capture month %}พฤษภาคม{% endcapture %}
    {% when '6' %}
      {% capture month %}มิถุนายน{% endcapture %}
    {% when '7' %}
      {% capture month %}กรกฎาคม{% endcapture %}
    {% when '8' %}
      {% capture month %}สิงหาคม{% endcapture %}
    {% when '9' %}
      {% capture month %}กันยายน{% endcapture %}
    {% when '10' %}
      {% capture month %}ตุลาคม{% endcapture %}
    {% when '11' %}
      {% capture month %}พฤศจิกายน{% endcapture %}
    {% when '12' %}
      {% capture month %}ธันวาคม{% endcapture %}
  {% endcase %}

{% else %}

  {% capture month %}{{ | date: "%B" }}{% endcapture %}

{% endif %}

{% capture year %}{{ | date: "%Y" }}{% endcapture %}

{% endcapture %}

I then created two time-files in the _includes directory: page-time.html and post-time.html. I use {% include page-time.html %} when I’m calling from within a page or a post since I need to call And I use {% include post-time.html %} when I’m calling inside a loop where I’ve used {% for post in paginator.posts %} and need to call

Be sure to call the date file ({% include date.html %}) in your page and post time-files.


I’m still looking for a way to paginate categories. If you know of a way or find some documentation or a tutorial that might lead somewhere, please get in touch.