By default, WordPress speaks English and that’s the language you can expect on every backend page of your system. Since WordPress has become one of the most popular CMS in the world, it is normal to expect the platform to be translated. And it is.
If you want to install WordPress and have everything written in your own language, you can do it. How easy is the process, depends on the language you want to use.
Select the language from settings:
Before we start talking about translation and different methods of installation, let’s go the easy way:
- Navigate to Settings-> General
- Find “Language Settings” option located on bottom of the page
- Scroll through the list
- If your language is on the list, select it and save changes
- Smile because you’re done – your WordPress is now speaking your language
If your language can’t be found on the list, don’t be sad; you can still work things around.
While some teams have translated WordPress completely, other have done most of the work. You can still find your language on the list of available languages.
Currently, WordPress is available in 155 different languages, but only 56 of them are up to date.
Manually install the language:
You can open the link leading to WordPress in your language and follow further instructions. Some languages will give you the option to install additional files in order to use the language, while others will ask for help in translating. If you’re interested in translating WordPress into your language, there is contact information available on each language page which you can use to contact translation team.
- Navigate to the list of available languages
- Find your language and open the site
- Download the .mo file
- Connect to your FTP server
- Create /languages folder in your /wp-content folder
- Upload .mo language file into that folder
If you’re using WordPress v4.0 or any newer version, you can now change the language by navigating to Settings->General and select your newly installed language from the dropdown list.
If you still using the older version of WordPress, you are one step away from activating your language:
- Open wp-config file on your server
- Search for “define (‘WPLANG’, ”);
- Modify the code according to your .mo file.
- You will need WP locale code for your language/country so open the list again
- Save your changes
- Open your WP admin panel which should now be translated to your language
Here are few examples of the codes for different languages:
Croatian: define (‘WPLANG’, ‘hr’);
Danish: define (‘WPLANG’, ‘da_DK’);
English (Australian): define (‘WPLANG’, ‘en_AU’);
If you’re running a multisite, you can change each and every site in the network separately like we have showed you in this article. If you want to set the language for your entire network, you can do that from Network Admin > Settings panel (“Default Language”).
Does WordPress speak your language fluently?