You completed all the installation steps for WordPress and even WordPress set up doing good but still what you feel missing. It would be nothing but your wish to install the WordPress in your local language i.e. you wish to localize the WordPress installation with the help of language pack available.
Note: We are assuming that you already installed your WordPress. You have a good web hosting account setup. You have everything at place with you.
Steps To Follow – Manual Method
- Go to WordPress in your language page first and see if WordPress translation is available for your language or not. WordPress is available in many languages including Spanish, French, Arabic, Korean, German, Hindi, Japanese, Chinese (Han), Portuguese, and many others.
- In order to start, you need to understand that WordPress users use a main pot template file to translate WordPress in their languages, resulting in two files for each language: .po and .mo extension, where .mo is the file for your language.
- You will have to create a new folder called languages in the wp-content directory where you need to download and upload the .mo language file to your /wp-content/languages/ OR /wp-includes/languages/ folder.
- Once done, you have to tell the WordPress to use these language files. This can be done by adding the following code in your wp-config.php file.
// Replace fr_FR with your language and country code
define ('WPLANG', 'fr_FR');
where fr represents language code and FR represents country code. You have to replace fr_FR with your language and country code.
Once done, WordPress will automatically start displaying the admin area in your language.
Other Option – Using Plugin
If the above manual method not makes a right fit for you, then you can also use WP Native Dashboard plugin which will allow you to have multiple languages. The plugin allows you to easily install and enable WordPress in your language. If you have multiple authors on your site, then you can give them the ability to use WordPress in their own native language.
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