Sorry for this complete newbie question, but I googled it and cannot find this simple information.

I just installed Wordpress today. Right now all text on my Wordpress Blog is in English: "Home", "About", "Comments", etc.

How can I change the language?

Update: I am actually not out of the woods yet with this one. I have:

  1. located the fr_FR.mo file and copied it into a new directory '/wp-content/languages/'

  2. Modified the wp-config.php file to have the following line into it:

define ('WPLANG', 'fr_FR');

Unfortunately I still get the interface in English.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Ok, I found the problem: I was adding the line:

define ('WPLANG', 'fr_FR');

when in fact there was already another line of code:

define ('WPLANG', );

which was probably overriding my bit of code.

Thank you for your help.

  • do you also still get the admin in english? or only the public part?
    – sorich87
    Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 21:40
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    Hi sorich87, I get both the admin and the public parts in English. I wish to have the public part in French. Admin can stay in English. Commented Oct 14, 2010 at 4:23
  • Ravi que cela fonctionne maintenant! :)
    – sorich87
    Commented Oct 14, 2010 at 7:45
  • Merci sorich87 :) Commented Oct 14, 2010 at 9:49

2 Answers 2


See Installing WordPress in Your Language in the codex.

  • Thank you. That looks way more complicated than I expected. Manual editing of a wp-config.php ? I was expecting a simple menu, and to just select the language. Commented Oct 12, 2010 at 20:16
  • It seems in 2011 they briefly offered a drop-down, but now in 2012, in both 3.4(.1-.3) and 3.5(beta 1) they're back to manual editing? Commented Sep 28, 2012 at 16:18

Most of those things can be changed in your template files.

But you should also read -> http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_in_Your_Language

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