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Native Dashboard – WordPress Dashboard in Multiple Languages

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Native Dashboard – WordPress Dashboard in Multiple Languages

Recently one of our users asked us for an easy way of installing WordPress in their native language. There is a manual way that requires you to make edits to your wp-config.php file which may not be the most ideal solution for beginners. That is when WP Native Dashboard plugin comes for the rescue. This plugin enables selection of administration language either by logon, dashboard quick switcher or user profile setting page.

Why this solution is better than the manual way? Because it allows your editors/team to pick which language they want to see things in. It also allows third party contractors (freelancers) that you may hire to easily go in and make changes without language barriers.

First thing you need to do is install and activate WP Native Dashboard plugin. Follow our step by step guide to install a WordPress plugin.

Once you have activated the plugin, then a new menu option should be added under the Settings Tab called Native Dashboard (Settings » Native Dashboard). Once you click on this page, you should see bunch of options including the ability to add multiple languages, and choose the capabilities.

WP Native Dashboard Settings Screen

Once you download the languages you want, and you have the capabilities selected like the screenshot above, then the language switcher will be added on the login screen, user profile, and the admin bar. Below is the screenshot of user’s profile edit screen where each individual user can pick their language preference.

User Profile - Select Language

This plugin also adds a select box on the login page.

Language Select on WordPress Login

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  • Yogesh

    After installing wordpress whenever i click on “check repository” option it dosnt show any language to download.
    Please help.

  • Ankit_Arora087

    On Native Dashboard support for list of language shows only English(en_US) but as n.a. in front of this, I manually dropped the language files in a folder /wp-content/languages/ but Still does not shows that language in the list of languages…i Tried it in Firefox,chrome,explorer

    Even my wordpress dashboard does not shows Language option under General Setting before & after plugin install… Any Idea..?

    Help Pls

  • svengood

    @wpbeginner @svengood I guess I should do a manual installation, yes. Could you explain please where and how to create such a folder? thank you!

  • wpbeginner

    @svengood @wpbeginner That is weird. I just tried it on our firefox and it worked. However the other solution is that you drop the language files manually in a folder /wp-content/languages/ << This folder probably does not exist in your installation, so you would have to create the folder and then install the language files.You can download the language files here: need the .mo extension :) Once you upload those language files, this plugin will show them as installed.

  • svengood

    @wpbeginner and I also tried in Internet explorer, but it’s the same. Does anybody have an idea how to solve this or where to find a solution? many thanks

  • svengood


    thanks for your quick reply, the fact is I am using Firefox and not Chrome

  • wpbeginner

    @svengood If you are using Chrome, then it would not work. We had a similar issue. Try FireFox or Safari.

  • wpbeginner

    @Workshopshed Yes you may :)

  • svengood


    under the tab ‘downloads’ no languages appear, and when I hit ‘check repository’ nothing happens. So no files to install appear. Can anyone help me please?



  • alexandrogiles

    @wpbeginner Nice tip ty

  • Workshopshed

    Could you use this for testing translations of plugins?