How to Change Language of your WordPress Blog

Do you want to change your preferred Languages in WordPress site? Depending on the country your visitors may like browse your blog in their native language. WordPress has made easy to install any language for your choice. In this guide we will show you how to change language of your WordPress blog.

How to Change WordPress Language?

WordPress language can be changed for the blog and the Interface (dashboard) which is an easy process. The different between blog language and interface language are given below.

Blog Language : It is the language of your WordPress dashboard, If you have assign the user to access your WordPress panel then this options can be the best to choose their native language.

Interface Language: This option will change the language of both dashboard and blog. This option allows your visitors to browse your blog in the chosen language but it will not change the language of your post.

WordPress provides numbers of different language in their built-in language directory, which you can install it in 3 different methods.

  1. Change Pre-installed WordPress Language
  2. Change WordPress Language using Plugin
  3. Manually Change WordPress language

1. Change Pre-installed WordPress Language

You can change pre-installed WordPress language going to Setting then General and in Site Language, choose the language from drop down and click on Save Change. It will change the front-end language of your WordPress blog.

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If you want to change the language of your WordPress dashboard only then you can go to Users then Your Profile and in Language, choose the preferred language from the drop down box.

Note: You will find only the language that you have activated in Settings as shown above.

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2. Change WordPress Language using Plugin

WordPress plugins made easy to add the additional feature of your blog. You can use language plugins to active your preferred language of your blog.

Install and activate Preferred Languages plugins in your WordPress site. You can refer to this guide on how to install WordPress plugins.

Once installed, go to Setting then General. You will see the Site Language options with additional features where you have to choose your preferred language from drop down and click on Add button. Click on Save Changes Button.

how to change language of your WordPress blog

3. Manually Change WordPress Language

You can also change the WordPress language manually using FTP client such as FileZilla. Changing WordPress language.

Download preferred language from WordPress directory.

Go to built-in WordPress language directory and scroll down to choose your preferred language. You will find hundreds of languages in the list. Click on the percentage to continue.

how to change language of your WordPress blog

In the next page, you have to click on 5.4x- Development link which will take you to the download page.

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In the download page, scrolled the page to the bottom. Click on drop-down box then choose Machine Object Message Catalog (.mo) and click on Export link. It will download your language file in your computer, keep the downloaded file on the desktop for easy access.

how to change language of your WordPress blog

Connect FTP client to Upload the file

File Transfer Protocol allow you to transfer the file from computer to server. You can see this guide on how to use FTP client to upload files to WordPress site.

Once connected FTP client to your web server then open root directory where you will find WordPress core files. Open wp-content folder then Languages. Upload the languages file you have downloaded previous to the server.

Note: If you did not find languages folder inside wp-content then you need to create new folder.

Hopefully this guide on how to change WordPress language is helpful. You may also like to see 6 best WordPress translation plugins for multilingual website. If you find this guide helpful, Please share or follow us on facebook and twitter.

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