Stop website from switching to country-specific site
Thread poster: svenfrade

svenfrade  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:39
French to German
+ ...
Mar 6, 2013

I have been trying to view a French website (.com address) in its original version, but I only ever get as far as the home page before it automatically switches to a .de address which is quite useless for me as I want to view the original text for reference purposes.

Is there any way I can prevent this from happening? I can't seem to find an option to switch to another language, so presumeably there's nothing I can do about this?


Zohar CHABAUD  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:39
Member (2013)
English to Hebrew
+ ... Mar 6, 2013

Hi there,

Have you tried preforming the search from



Philip Lees  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:39
Member (2008)
Greek to English
Contact the webmaster Mar 6, 2013

My guess is that their web server is detecting your computer's IP address and switching language based on that. If you can find a widget that simulates a French IP address (look up VPN) that might do it.

Otherwise, you could send an e-mail to the webmaster telling them that their site is badly broken icon_smile.gif


Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 10:39
English to Russian
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Two possibilities Mar 6, 2013

Most likely, the server redirects you depending on the language preferences set in your browser. So, try changing the preferred language in the browser options. For example, in Firefox, it's Tools>Options>Content(tab)>Languages(pane)>Choose(button).

Alternatively, you may be redirected based on geolocation of your IP address. This one is more difficult, you'll have to find a web proxy in a different country.


svenfrade  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:39
French to German
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Thank you Mar 6, 2013

Thank you very much to all of you for sharing your ideas and especially to Anton for suggesting to change the language settings in Firefox. Works like a charm!


Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 09:39
Member (2006)
English to Polish
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Have you tried incognito mode? Mar 6, 2013

It should not reveal your location...


David Wright  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:39
German to English
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@ stanislaw Mar 6, 2013

How do you do that?


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