I am creating a new multilingual website where we have a single primary domain (.com) and the language is handled via different URL routings e.g:
www.foobar.com/US/About www.foobar.com/UK/About www.foobar.com/DE/About
I have the facility for the user to change the region from those available at any time during their stay on the website. The selection is stored in a cookie and is automatically applied on any subsequent visit.
Should a user navigate to a URL without any region specified e.g.
The system defaults to US and redirects automatically to
This is working perfectly and the client is happy with this.
The client has now asked that on the first visit to the site the user is presented with a "pop-up" that forces them to choose a region - to ensure that they are looking at relevant content.
Whilst I appreciate his concern I am looking for a less intrusive mechanism of clearly highlighting that a region selection is available on first visit - this must also work well on mobile devices.
The currently selected region is displayed using a clearly visible "flag" icon at the right-hand side of the top navigation bar (24px x 24px) - but I am thinking I could just highlight this somehow on first visit to make it more noticeable than normal, but I had also considered a sliding div (from top or side of page) or a bootstrap dialog.
Does anyone have any thoughts on how to handle this cleanly without irritating new visitors?