This plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

R3DF Dashboard Language Switcher

Description

This plugin allows logged in users to select the language they would like to use when viewing the WordPress dashboard. It works with multisite and single site installs of WordPress.

The plugin offers several options for language settings:

  1. WordPress admin toolbar switcher – user can easily switch language on admin pages.
  2. logon screen switcher – user can specify his/her preferred language during logon.
  3. user profile setting – user can choose a language in their user profile.

Notes:

  • This plugin does NOT add languages to WordPress, you need to add them to use the switcher. (see below)
  • This plugin does NOT translate other plugins or themes, it manages the language setting for the WordPress site. (see below)
  • The admin toolbar switcher takes priority over the other options. If a language selection is made via the toolbar, it changes the user profile setting to the current language selection.
  • If enabled, the login switcher changes the user profile setting to requested language selection at login.

Installing WordPress languages:

To add languages to WordPress ( since 4.1 ), simply select a new language from the ones available on the “Site Language” setting on the “General Settings” page.
When you save your settings, the new language will be added to the site. (and selected as the current language)

Plugin and theme translations:

It is up to plugin and theme authors to provide translations for their works. If you change the site language, and a plugin or theme is not translated (usually still showing English),
you need to contact the authors of those works to get the needed translation files.

There is a French translation of this plugin included. It was mostly a test of the translation of the plugin. It’s not a great translation, if you can improve it please let me know.

Screenshots

  • The admin toolbar language selector.

Installation

The easy way:

  1. To install this plugin, click on “Add New” on the plugins page in your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Search for “R3DF Dashboard Language”, click install when it’s found.
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  4. Configure the plugin in the settings page.

The hard way:

  1. Download the latest r3df-dashboard-language.zip from wordpress.org
  2. Upload r3df-dashboard-language.zip to the /wp-content/plugins/ folder on your web server
  3. Uncompress r3df-dashboard-language.zip (delete r3df-dashboard-language.zip after it’s uncompressed)
  4. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  5. Configure the plugin in the settings page.

FAQ

I installed the plugin, but my site only has English.

You need to install/add languages to your site. The plugin only changes the locale settings, it does not add languages.

Installing WordPress languages:

To add languages to WordPress ( since 4.1 ), simply select a new language from the ones available on the “Site Language” setting on the “General Settings” page.
When you save your settings, the new language will be added to the site. (and selected as the current language)

Plugin (or theme) is not changing languages

It is up to plugin and theme authors to provide translations for their works. If you change the site language, and a plugin or theme is not translated (usually still showing English),
you need to contact the authors of those works to get the needed translation files.

Reviews

Does its job even 2 years from last update

I previously used a plugin called “English WordPress Admin” to be able to use english on my dashboard without changing my site’s language. This plugin always worked in a somehow erratic way, but recently for some reason it stopped working at all.

Luckily I found this one. Seeing it hasn’t been updated in 2 years, I feared it wouldn’t work either… but it does work and it does so flawlessly. In fact, it even shows the top toolbar in english (the customise/stats/etc. that appear when seeing the blog as admin).

It has some extra options that I don’t really need. It does what I need, and I’m really grateful for it because I don’t understand WordPress options in other languages, but I must keep the blog in the users’ language. Thanks!!!

Nice idea, but has problems

This plug-in could be very usful for translators of WordPress language packs (because they have often to switch between languages). Unfortunately it does not work properly:

1. I have installed en_US, de_DE and de_CH – but English does not show up in the dropdown menu.

2. My WordPress installation runs in a subdirectory (www.example.com/wordpress/). But the links in the dropdown point to www.example.com/wordress/wordpress/ and create an error 404.

Works

It was not updated for over a year, but it still works flawlessly (tested with CZECH, ENGLISH, SLOVAK). However the plugin itself has a typo in one freaking UI element it has, makes me question it a little.

Useful functioning plugin

Sometimes it is necessary to have the backend translated but not the posts etc – this does the job and in a simple way which doesn’t appear to break other plugins.

However, I have taken off a star for the following:

* Dashboard ‘langauge’ in the toolbar has a typo – should read ‘language’
* Can’t see the point if ‘Dashboard Language’ isn’t itself translated into the language that is selected. Just having it in French doesn’t really cut it.

A couple more because there are issues…

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Contributors & Developers

“R3DF Dashboard Language Switcher” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

Version 1.0.2

  • Bug fix for empty array when saving options with no locales hidden

Version 1.0.1

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Some more refactoring
    • Moved deactivate cleanup to uninstall

Version 1.0.0

  • Initial release