I have a multi-store set up (Magento Community Edition) and want to translate one of the stores to French.

I've exported the product data and had it translated but before I tried importing I thought I'd check the product settings. It seems I need to change the scope of the relevant attributes (name, description, short description for example) to "Store View" before I import.

This works fine for description and short description but I can't change the name attribute and get the message:

The attribute code 'name' is reserved by system. Please try another attribute code

How do I change this so I can use the translated product names?

Any other quick tips on product data importing from folks who have done it before?

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Have you tried changing the Scope within Catalog -> Attributes -> Manage Attributes I assume this is where you got that error message? However, I just changed it in one of my Magento stores with no error messages.

The only thing I'd suggest is to change them in the Database but that would be a bit risky if Magento won't let you change it.

  • Yeah, that's exactly where I got the error message. I've changed other attributes but this particular one seems to be problematic. Might consider a database change as a last resort but I suspect you are right in that there is probably a very good reason why Magento won't let me change it. Sep 30, 2014 at 10:27
  • I can change the scope there just fine, too. The error message sort of suggests you are trying to make a second attribute with the code name or alter the code name of this attribute... Sep 30, 2014 at 10:36
  • Yeah, Magento appears to suggest that's what I'm doing though I'm quite simply selecting 'Store View' from the Scope dropdown and saving. Nothing else is changed. Sep 30, 2014 at 11:37
  • I tried researching further into this but ultimately arrived at the decision to try changing this in the database which proved to be successful. Thanks for the suggestion. Oct 17, 2014 at 9:46

You should be able to set the storeview you want to make edits for in the right upper corner, deactivate the checkbox use default and put your translated name for the french store view and the orignal name for the english store.

  • The problem is I don't get that option at all as the attribute is marked as global. This is why I'm trying to change the scope to "Store View" so I get that option. Sep 30, 2014 at 10:29
  • I see. The attribute is marked storeView by default on my stores, though. Sep 30, 2014 at 10:37

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