How to Use English WordPress Admin on a Multilingual Site

Recently, one of our readers asked: if it was possible to keep using the WordPress admin area in English on a multilingual WordPress site. WordPress powers millions of websites in many different languages. In this article, we will show you how to use English WordPress admin on a non-English WordPress site.

Switching to English WordPress admin area

Why and Who Needs to Use English WordPress Admin?

WordPress is fully translated in many of the world’s most popular languages. You can use WordPress in your own language. However, if you run a multi-author and multilingual website, then the admin area language can become an issue for some of your users.

For better collaboration and consistency, many site owners may want to keep their WordPress admin area in English while serving the front-end in their local language or a multilingual setting.

This guide will also come in handy if you have to work on a non-English website. You can temporarily switch the admin language to English and switch it back when you are done.

Keeping the English WordPress Admin Area

First thing you need to do is install and activate the English WordPress Admin plugin. Upon activation, the plugin will add a language switcher in the WordPress admin bar.

Switch WordPress admin area to English

Simply take your mouse over to the language switcher, and it will display the option for switching admin area to English. When you click on “Switch to English” link, it will reload the admin screen in the English language.

When you want to switch back to the native language, you can do that from the same menu.

Switch back to native language

That’s all we hope this article helped you keep WordPress admin in English on a non-English site. You may also want to see our guide on how to add Google Translate in WordPress and how to find translation ready WordPress themes.

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