I have just experienced something weird with the language filter in combination with the Google crawler.

If I switch on browser detection, Joomla returns a 404 (I assume, because no "ALL language" article is present), as the crawler has no language preference. I thought, the default language would be used in such a case.

Haven't found a solution yet, to get the same behaviour as when access is made by a visitor through a browser.

How do you handle this?

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    – GDP
    Dec 19, 2014 at 19:46

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Have you set up your site to be multilingual - i.e. separate menu for each language with corresponding and linked articles? What settings do you have on the multilingual side of things - e.g. the language filter plugin?

I'm not sure if this article helps: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/182192?hl=en#1

If your site is properly set up to use multilingual and is working, I wouldn't worry too much about what happens when you're trying to crawl as Google, unless you're seeing errors in Webmaster Tools?

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