Millions of websites are powered by wordpress and the reason behind its popularity is that it suits anyone’s needs. There are many other reasons like unlimited resources, plugins, themes, easy to install, SEO friendly, supports multiple languages etc. English is the global and most preferred language which we all know and wordpress by default installs its software in English. So what about people who do not know English or who use English as a secondary language but still wish to use and learn wordpress effectively in their own language. Fortunately wordpress supports most of the international languages like French (fr_FR), German (de_DE), Chinese (zh_CN), Italian (it_IT), Japanese (ja), Hindi (hi_IN), Persian (fa_IR), Portuguese (pt_BR), Spanish (es_ES), Swedish (sv_SE) and much more. You can also get the entire support in your own language. Here we will show you how to setup wordpress in other languages.
Are you new to wordpress and do not know how to install wordpress. Setting up wordpress is very simple and it takes not more than 5 minutes to accomplish. For those who do not know how to setup wordpress you can use this resource which will guide you in installing wordpress with ease. Here at Blog Time Now we have covered several beginner level tutorials like installing wordpress plugins, creating posts /pages, installing wordpress on localhost, about wordpress themes, widgets and menus. Also you can make use of our complete wordpress basic tutorials from here. Now lets see how to install wordpress in other languages.
How to setup wordpress in other languages
If you haven’t yet installed wordpress then installing wordpress in your own language is just as same. For some major languages wordpress has translated version which is readily available for you to download and install. First go to wordpress in your own language page and then find out whether your language is available or not. If you don’t find any languages listed there then you can find the list of languages supported here. When you have spotted your language click on view site and it will take you to your language page. Download the wordpress package, upload the files to your server using FTP, create database and then run the install. All the instructions during the install will be in your selected language which makes you easier to install. So what if you have already installed wordpress and wish to switch another language.
Also read: How to create MySQL database for wordpress installation
Installing your own language in wordpress
Since wordpress uses gettext it has the potential to be used in any language which is an internationalization and localization system used for translations. For each language there will be two files with extension .po (portable object) and .mo (machine object). If you have already installed wordpress in English and like to add your own language then you need to include the language file in your wordpress directory. Here is how you do it.
First go and find out your desired language and then download the installation package to your computer. Now unzip the package, open the folder and go to wp-content where you will see a folder named languages. Just copy that languages folder and by using FTP upload that file to wp-content or wp-includes (wp-content/languages or wp-includes/languages).
All done, you have nuploaded the .mo and .po files to your wordpress directory. Now to make wordpress to use that language file you have to add your language and country code in wp-config.php file. We have previously covered an article about wp-config.php file and editing wp-config.php file. Open your wp-config.php file and at the bottom you will see an area to define your wordpress language just like this.
* WordPress Localized Language, defaults to English.
* Change this to localize WordPress. A corresponding MO file for the chosen
* language must be installed to wp-content/languages. For example, install
* de_DE.mo to wp-content/languages and set WPLANG to 'de_DE' to enable German
* language support.
Now in define(‘WPLANG’, ”); enter your language code and country code like this define(‘WPLANG’, ‘de_DE’);. That’s it! Now you can see and start using your wordpress dashboard in your own language.
Plugins to change language
If you don’t like the manual method then you can go on with plugins. Two useful plugins wp-native dashboard and wordpress languages will let you to install and use wordpress in your own native language.
Get involved and add your own language
WordPress is open source and volunteers around the world are contributing to the localization repository and you too can. If you don’t find wordpress in your own language then get involved and add yours. For more information about contributing your language visit translating wordpress.
Hope this post helped you to translate wordpress in your own language. If you have any doubts translating your wordpress site then please let us know comments below.