How to Change the Default Language on Your WordPress Website

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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.

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.

Default language on a WordPress website
Default language on a WordPress website

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.

Range of languages for a WordPress website
Range of languages for a WordPress website

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