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How to Install WordPress in Other Languages

Do you want to use WordPress in other languages? WordPress is fully translated into over 65 languages and can be used in your native language. In this article, we will show you how to install WordPress in other languages.

Installing and using WordPress in other languages

Since this is a comprehensive step by step tutorial, feel free to use the navigation below to get to the appropriate section.

Getting Started with WordPress in Other Languages

In order to start a blog, the first thing you will need is to get WordPress hosting.

We recommend using Bluehost. They are one of the largest WordPress hosting providers in the world. They are also an officially recommended WordPress hosting provider.

After signing up with a WordPress host, the next step is to install WordPress. We have a complete step by step tutorial on how to install WordPress properly.

WordPress in German

Choosing a Language During WordPress Installation

WordPress 4.0 came with the new and improved internationalization support. Now users can choose a language for their WordPress website during the installation.

WordPress allows you to select language during installation

This is particularly useful if you need installation instructions to be in your local language. However, if you didn’t select the language during your WordPress install process, then you can change it any time under WordPress settings.

Changing Language in WordPress

WordPress makes it super-easy to change the language on your website. Simply go to Settings ยป General in your WordPress dashboard, and scroll down to the bottom of the page. There you will see the option to select site language.

Installing and changing language in WordPress settings

While WordPress has translations for over 162 languages, you will be only able to see languages that are fully translated (62).

If you do not see your language in the list, this does not mean that it is not available or that you can not use it.

We will show you how to manually install language packs in WordPress.

Manually Installing WordPress Translation Files For Other Languages

WordPress uses a gettext system for translations (localization and internationalization). Volunteer users from around the world use a main .pot template file to translate WordPress in their languages. This results into two files for each language. Portable Object format file with .po extension, and Machine Object file with .mo extension. You will need a .mo file for your language.

Go to the WordPress translation teams page to see if there is a WordPress translation available for your language.

Finding your language files on WordPress Translators website

Next, click on the percentage value to see the status of the translation progress in your language and then click on current WordPress version.

You will now reach GlotPress, which is a web based app used by WordPress team to manage and translate WordPress projects.

Once there, you need to scroll down to the bottom until you see the export section. In the dropdown, select Machine Object Message Catalog (.mo) and then click on Export link.

Exporting translations

Repeat the process above and select Portable Object Message Catalog (.po) and then click on the Export link.

After downloading and unzipping the language pack on your computer, you will need to connect to your website using an FTP client. Once connected, upload the language files to /wp-content/languages folder.

After you’re done uploading the file, return to the WordPress admin area. Go to Settings » General page and scroll down to site language option. You can now select the language you just uploaded because it will appear under installed languages.

Installed languages

Using an English Admin Interface in Multilingual WordPress

Sometimes you may want to use WordPress in a different language while keeping the admin interface in English.

This is particularly helpful if you have admins who are not familiar with other installed languages or you give access to developers.

You will need to install and activate the English WordPress Admin plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, the plugin will add a language switcher in the WordPress admin bar. Each user can simply take the mouse over to the language switcher and select the admin interface language.

Switch WordPress admin interface to English

For more detailed instructions, take a look at our guide on how to use English WordPress admin on Multilingual site.

Creating a Multilingual WordPress Website

WordPress can be used in different languages but creating content in multiple languages is not easily manageable by default.

Luckily, there are several plugins that allow you to easily create and manage multilingual WordPress sites. These plugins allow you to create content in multiple languages and making it easier for your website visitors to switch languages.

We recommend using WPML (WordPress Multi Language) plugin. This paid plugin is used by thousands of websites from all over the world to create user friendly multilingual websites with WordPress.

Creating multilingual content in WordPress with WPML

See our guide on how to create a multilingual WordPress site with WPML for detailed instructions.

If you are looking for a free solution, then you can checkout Polylang plugin. Take a look at our guide on creating multilingual WordPress site with Polylang.

Help Translate WordPress in Your Language

If you did not find an available translation for WordPress in your language, then perhaps you can help create one.

WordPress is an open source software that is completely volunteer driven. See: Why is WordPress free and how does it make money?

This means that all available translations that you see right now are created by volunteer users from around the world (just like you). Check out Translating WordPress website for more information on how you can contribute.

We hope that this article helped you install WordPress in other languages. You may also want to take a look at our list of 24 Must Have WordPress plugins for all websites.

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  1. Mark Klinefelter says:

    I use gtranslate off of the plugin page. It is free. Excellent translations. I speak fluent Spanish and the translation is excellent. I use it as a widget and pages where I do not have a sidebar I throw the shortcode in wherever i want the language selector to be located. Give it a try. It translates EVERYTHING: menu, header, footer, all content, all everything.

  2. Robin Gray says:

    I’m translating instructions into German (and subsequently into French) for someone working in the social media field who uses WordPress. Where can I find English-German and English-French glossaries of typical WordPress dashboard expressions?

  3. junaid shahid says:

    thanks for your support admin but it’s not work
    as you said define(‘WPLANG’,’ur_PK’);
    please check the domain and suggets me whats to do for RTL
    Junaid Shahid

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Does your WordPress theme supports RTL? Please contact your theme developer and ask them how to add RTL support.

  4. junaid shahid says:

    i want to create my website based on urdu language, international code of urdu is ur so the given code is some like this define (‘WPLANG’, ‘ur’);
    but i do not effect the website, actually i want to change the website from RTL so what i do now

  5. Prabhakar Shelke says:


    I have developed my website in bydefault english language. Now I need to change the bydefault language as a French. and admin should be in english only. How could I do this. Could you please suggest the solution for it or suggest any plug in which working like this…

    Many Many Thanks…

  6. Sameh says:

    How can I keep the admin page in English and convert the site to a right to left language (Arabic)?

  7. Jack Praker says:

    Is the description of “Manually Installing WordPress Translation Files For Other Languages” still valid? Isn’t the ‘WPLANG’-string in the new version of WP deprecated? โ€“ Same with the WP Native Dashboard plugin, which seems outdated.

    Perhaps you will find time to update how to install translations files? It is an important issue and people like need such information.

  8. Ajay Singh says:

    is there any plugin for multilanguage site English and Hindi??

  9. Chana says:

    Hi, where are those folders? Sorry about this stupid question… [/wp-content/languages/ OR /wp-includes/languages/ folder]

  10. WPBeginner Staff says:

    Please see our guide on how to find and translate a translation ready WordPress theme.

  11. Manuel Echeverry says:

    now that i have installed Spanish pack how do i translate to Spanish the parts of my theme (Crangasi) that are in English?

  12. sanjiv kumar says:

    I have a question: i want to know that my site difault language on system in german and same site open in phone by default language is english .how can i do ?

  13. WPBeginner Staff says:

    Yes you can. We will try to cover this in an upcoming tutorial. Thanks.

  14. Smiley says:

    Thank you very much on your tutorial ….

    I have a question : I want to know if I can translate the front page and keep my admin page in English , especially for my RTL , like arabic

    • Sameh says:

      Hello Smiley,

      Did you figure out a way to maintain the admin page in English while converitng the site to RTL?

      I’d like to do the same.

  15. Arifur Rahman says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I was searching for this tutorial for a long time and today I got it. I am grateful to you.

  16. Piet says:

    Good tutorial and I think it is very important that people understand how it is done manually.

    For people that don’t have a lot of time or just cannot be bothered, there is an alternative method to localize your WordPress install by using the plugin WordPress Language (by the same developers as WPML –

  17. Mathew Porter says:

    Nice article, might be able to deploy this for a wp project we did that is being handed over to a french distributer. thanks.

  18. Faiz Alam says:

    wow!! its great to see, how to install wp in other language…

  19. galaxyes says:

    I want to keep the WP admin in English, but show a lang=”ES” in the code, because the content is in Spanish. How can I change that in the whole site?

  20. Kris says:

    Nice tut.

  21. DSchragg says:

    This is great for translating the backend, but what about the front?
    I’ve used WPML in the past and was wondering if there were any better options out there…?

    • Piet says:

      Important to keep in mind that if you want to use WPML that you do NOT need a localized WordPress install ever.
      WPML needs the default (US English) WordPress install.

  22. Chaim says:

    Thank you very much for this post, it was very helpful.
    Can you please publish a post about how to translate WordPress themes to a right-to-left language? If it is too complicated, can you please write some guide lines?
    Thank you very much,

  23. Zimbrul says:

    Didn’t know about this method. I use another one instead.
    I use the WordPress install zip file in the language I desire (mostly Romanian) and the whole installation is in Romanian. Now, I’ve got the whole site in Romanian but I cannot stand the admin area so I use “Admin in English” plugin to convert the Dashboard in English, the language of choice for me when using the Dashboard.
    Obviously, I use the manual install of the WordPress as I can set up the database and the password to my liking (and I think any blogger should know at any time how to install WordPress manually).

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