How to Change the Default Language on Your WordPress Website

The default language on a self-hosted WordPress website (or blog) is United States English.

If you’re from the UK, for example, and prefer using words like “bin” instead of “trash” or “hi” instead of “howdy”, or you’re in another part of the world where the predominant language isn’t English, you might like to change the default language to something more appealing to you.

Back in the day, you’d need a plugin and language packs to manage this. These days, switching language is as easy as choosing an alternative from a drop-down menu.

Bear in mind, changing the default language won’t affect your content. That remains in the language it was written. It only affects the language in the admin areas.

Here’s a sample of French WordPress.

French language in WordPress

How to change the default language on your WordPress website

Click over to Settings in the left-hand menu and choose General.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and make your choice from the Site Language drop-down menu.

Choose language WordPress

There are a lot of languages to choose from, far too many for me to list here. Instead, I’ve taken a screenshot so you can see some of the available languages.

Available languages WordPress

After you’ve made your choice, hit Save Changes. Your site should now be using the language you selected.

Hope you find this article useful.