MetaLocator is entirely internationalized, meaning we support different languages, address formats and layouts required in different countries. The following features are important elements of MetaLocator.com if you're using the system outside of the United States:
- Data TLD: The TLD, or Top Level Domain of your locations should be set according to the country the locations are in. The TLD adds a bias to our search and geocoding service for the most accurate geocoding possible. For a complete list of TLDs available, click here. When importing your locations, ensure the TLD column has the appropriate two-letter value obtained from the spreadsheet as shown in this screenshot:
- Google Maps Base TLD: In addition to the TLD for each location, your Interface settings must also indicate a TLD. This setting gives the geocoder a hint when the user searches for a location and allows for the configuration of different Interfaces for different countries. For multi-country searches, set this to US. If you change this setting after searches have been performed, you should clear the search cache found under Geocoder > Clear Search Cache. The Google Maps Base TLD is found under Data Settings in your Interface options, as shown in this screenshot:
- Search Distance Type: Many countries outside the US use Kilometres instead of Miles as a common measure of distance. Change this in your Interface settings under Form Settings as found under Form Settings "Measure in KM or Miles":
- Default Map Location: When the map is optionally displayed when there are no results, it uses the Default Map Center Latitude and Longitude. Set these to the center of the country in question. You can obtain these coordinates by Googling them.
- Language File Changes:MetaLocator can provide custom language for your search interface. Text embedded in the search form such as "Please select..." or "Category" or "Keyword" can all be customized. You can edit these options under Language.
- Country Selection:If you have multiple countries in the same Interface directory on your site, we highly recommend you display the "Country" drop-down list. This ensures the system will correctly interpret the user's search request. Since many countries share the same postal codes, and postal code formats, it can be important to give the search system a country to improve it's accuracy.
- Google Maps Base Language: The Google Map will automatically display directions and street and city names according to the locale that the map is displaying. To force a language on the map, update this setting (found under Language and Internationalization Settings). Possible values for this are listed by Google on their Supported Languages section of this FAQ.