Language settings in WordPress: Australia, Australia, Australia, Amen

Australian Flag Source: ABC rights allow for modificaiton and reuseI did two ‘patriotic’ things on Australia Day.

I watched the classic Monty Python sketch based in the Philosophy Department of the University Of Woolloomooloo. It is always good to be able to have a laugh at our own culture.

The other thing I did was set the Site Language for our WordPress website to Australian English.

Should you set your Site Language?

With the most recent update of WordPress to version 4.1, a new option appeared in the Settings > General menu.

It is called Site Language and it has an expansive list of language options to choose from.

It is worth noting this does NOT translate your website content but rather it translates all the admin areas of WordPress.

Therefore, if you or your team prefer a different language for the labels of what is what behind the scenes, making the change could be a good move.

English by any other name

My motivation for switching to Australian English was to remove those little American ‘misspellings’ that are generally able to be ignored but every now and then become annoying.

To make the change yourself, simply:

  1. Go to Settings > General
  2. Scroll down to Site Language and choose English (Australian) or your preferred language
  3. Click Save Changes

You can change back at any time by repeating the process with a different selection.

And if you’re curious about the Monty Python reference and you have headphones on, here is the classic sketch. Tame by today’s standards but perhaps not completely safe for work, so exercise some discretion.



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