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WordPress Language

WordPress Language is a free plugin that lets you easily localize single-language WordPress sites.

End of development: as of version 1.2.1, we’re ending the development on this plugin. This doesn’t mean that it’s broken. The recent WordPress development covers to a good degree the functionality in this plugin. However, in order to build and run multilingual websites, WPML includes everything that you need.

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Instead of having to download .mo files and edit wp-config.php to set the WPLANG variable, this plugin does it all for you.

Choose the language from within the WordPress admin and you’re ready.

WordPress Language will look for the best available translation for your language, download and install it. It sets the correct locale and everything appears in the right language.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does WordPress Language translate my content?

WordPress Language downloads and installs translation for texts in WordPress itself, not for your own content.

What languages can it switch to?

The list of language is dynamic, coming from an online index. You’ll find every language to which WordPress is localized. It’s a pretty long list and still growing.

Can I use different languages for the WordPress admin and front-end?

Yes. WordPress Language lets you select two languages – one for the admin and another for the front-end pages. This way, you can manage the site in your favourite in the WordPress admin, but display content in another language on public pages.

Does WordPress Language write any files to my site?

No need. WordPress Language saves the translations in the database. Translations are loaded dynamically super-fast and without having to write any file to your installation.

Do I need WordPress Language if I’m using WPML?

You don’t. WPML includes this functionality as well. If you are using WPML, go to WPML-<Theme and plugin localization and enable automatic download for WordPress translations.

How can I run a site in multiple languages?

If you need to run a site in one language, other than English, this is your solution. For multilingual sites, look at WPML.

66 Responses to “WordPress Language”

  1. Anders says:

    Can i make a welcome page like this http://snorestopper.eu/welcome?? with wpml

    • Agnes Bury says:

      Hi Anders,
      yes, you can always make such a page. It’s a just a list of links (with flags) to different subsites. You can create it manually (adding some CSS to style it). But I would recommend you to create the main (home page) in the default language of your site and create a language switcher which stands out (is easy to notice).

  2. chunsikh says:

    Hi, How to get the khmer ?

    • Agnes Bury says:

      is your question related to WPML plugin? If your language isn’t on WPML default language list, you can add it manually in WPML settings.

  3. Jaswinder says:

    This plugin is not changing my front end of website to German. Any help ?

    • Agnes Bury says:

      Hi Jaswinder, I think the answer for your question is included in the article:
      Q: Does WordPress Language translate my content?
      A: WordPress Language downloads and installs translation for texts in WordPress itself, not for your own content.

  4. Daniel says:

    This is a great plugin. Thanks a lot. I used it for a french website and it worked perfectly. Merci beaucoup. Daniel

  5. babu says:

    i want language selector flag in frontend also any body can me help me ?

  6. Abigail says:

    We are using your plugin to translate wordpress sites but we noticed the American flag is missing. Is there a way to add it to the plugin?

    Thank you.

    • Mihai says:

      We’re not developing this plugin any longer Abigail.
      The plugin uses indeed the GB flag for US English too. One way to fix this could be top copy the us.png file from the flags folder over the en.png file.

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