WordPress comes in a vast number of languages. If you don’t want to install your copy of WordPress in English, chances are that translation files for your language already exist and it isn’t that hard to install WordPress in your own language.
But sometimes you will want to separate your backend from the frontend and more importantly, you will want to add another language to your backend.
When things get serious and your blog starts growing, you’ll need more people to work on it. No matter where you work from, chances are that other admins or authors will speak different languages and will want WordPress in their languages in order to work faster and feel more comfortable with the system. That’s where Backend Localization plugin comes in to save you.
This awesome little plugin is completely free and allows you to add any amount of languages to your WordPress. It will take an extra step to install additional language files, but after you’re done with the setup, you’ll be able to enjoy WordPress in your language and you’ll be able to change the language in a simple click.
After you’re done with setting up the plugin, you’ll be able to add language selection right on your login screen and you’ll be able to change the language from the backend as well. Not only this is a great option when you’re working in the multilingual team, but it can help you if you need an outside help. For example, if you’re running your blog in Spanish and need to allow access to your backend from an English speaking developer, you and your developer will be both thankful for Backend Localization plugin.
OK, enough with talk and let’s set up the plugin:
- Navigate to Plugins -> Add New
- Search for “Backend Localization”
- Install and activate the plugin
- Go to https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/
- Find your language and open the page
- Download .mo file(s) associated with your language
- Open FTP client
- Navigate to /wp-content/languages folder or create new “languages” folder in your wp-content directory
- Upload .mo files to languages folder
Now that the plugin is installed and you have uploaded those language files, you will be able to select your language from Settings -> Backend Localization or you will be able to the same by clicking a new menu item created by the plugin. As mentioned earlier, installed languages will be added to login screen as well.