How to change your WordPress language

While the default WordPress site language is English, it is fully translated and installed with more than 65 languages and translations for more than 160 languages. Note that changing the WordPress site language translates the language displayed in the dashboard and some text displayed in themes. It does not translate post or page content.

Changing the language in the WordPress dashboard

To change the site language to one of the pre-installed languages, log in to your WordPress dashboard and go to Settings General.

In the Site Language dropdown list, select the language you want to use, then click Save Changes. If the language you want isn’t in the list, continue with the steps in Manually installing a language.

Manually installing a language

If the language you want to use isn’t included in your installation, you can download the language file from the WordPress website and install it manually. In this example, we’re installing the [Albanian] language.

Download the language file from the WordPress translation team

In your web browser, go to the WordPress translation team website and find your language on the page. Click the percent complete value.

In the Set / Sub Project column, click the WordPress version number for your installation. In this example, version 4.9 has the Development status, which means the translation is complete but hasn’t completed testing.

Near the bottom of the project page, select Machine Object Message Catalog (.mo) as the export file type and click Export. The .mo file is downloaded and saved on your local computer.

Install the language file

Log in to your HostPapa cPanel and click File Manager.

Locate your wp-content/languages folder. If you don’t have a languages folder in wp-content, click New Folder and to create it.

Open the languages folder and click Upload.

Drag the .mo file you downloaded from the WordPress translation team website to the upload page or click Select File to locate the file on your local computer. When the upload is finished, you can log out of cPanel.

Change the language in the WordPress dashboard

Log in to your WordPress dashboard and go to Settings General.

In the Site Language dropdown list you should now see the language in the Installed section. Select the language and click Save Changes.

More information

For more information about customizing WordPress, see the WordPress archives in the HostPapa knowledge base.

If you have any questions or need help, you can always contact HostPapa Support by opening a support ticket. Details about how to open a support ticket are here.

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