How to Install WordPress in Your Language

WordPress Language Packs
WordPress Language Packs

WordPress has become one of the most popular CMS in the world. It is expected to have the platform translated in your own Language.

For English Speakers, installing and setting up is very easy. But what about people who speak English as a second Language.

Read now : How to Install WordPress manually

Installing WordPress Language Packs

Before we start about Translation and different methods, let’s start the easy process.

Navigate to Settings -> General

WordPress General Settings
WordPress General Settings

Find “Language Settings” located on bottom of the page

WordPress Multiple Languages
WordPress Multiple Languages

Simply select the language you want to install and click on save Changes. WordPress will automatically download and install the language packs.

Manually Installing WordPress language Packs

There are three types of files used in the framework

  • POT(Portable Object Template) files:  Contain the text ready for translation.
  • PO(Portable Object) files: Contain the translated text.
  • MO(Machine Object) files: Which are PO files converted into a machine readable format.

In order to use WordPress other than English, you’ll need to check if your language is available.

Note that some translations teams have fully translated WordPress into their language, while others are not yet complete.

Official WordPress blog of Translators
Official WordPress blog of Translators

Follow the steps

  1. Proceed to Official WordPress blog of Translators to find the required Language
  2. Download the .mo file
  3. Connect to the FTP server
  4. Create the Language folder inside /wp-content folder
  5. Upload the .mo file

If you have installed WordPress v4.0 or any higher versions, you can change the language by following the easy process which is discussed above.

If you are still using any older versions, you can activate your language by following the steps

  1. Open wp-config file
  2. Search for define (‘WPLANG’, “);
  3. Change the code according to your .mo file.

For Examples:

English (Australian): define (‘WPLANG’, ‘en_AU’);

Danish: define (‘WPLANG’, ‘da_DK’);

  1. Save the changes
  2. Open the wp-admin panel which should be translated to your language.
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