You can access the TranslatePress plugin settings in the administrator area in the menu under Settings -> TranslatePress.

It can also be accessed both from the frontend and administrator area from the Admin Bar under the newly created button under the Settings drop-down.

Default Language

Select the original language from the drop-down your website was written in.

By default the language is inherited from the WordPress language that you can setup on install or change from Settings -> General.

Translation Languages

Interface which allows you to select the languages you wish to make your website available in. You just have to select the language from the drop-down and click the Add button.
Actions you can perform on the languages:

  • edit the slug of the language that will appear in the URLs of the site from the Slug input
  • make the language active for the visitors of the site or only available for translation for the administrator and the translator by checking or un-checking the Activate checkbox ( Feature available only with Extra Language add-on )
  • remove the language by clicking the Remove link ( this will not delete the existing translations from your database)
  • rearrange the order of the languages with the drag-and-drop interface. This will determine the order in the language switcher floater and shortcode.
  • placing a translated language in the first position will make it the first language to show to website visitors if the option Use subdirectory for default language is active

Display languages in their native names

Select Yes if you want languages to display their native names. Otherwise, they will be displayed in English.

Use subdirectory for default language

Select Yes if you want to add the language slug in the URL for the default language. For example instead of when visitors are viewing the site in its default language.

By selecting Yes, the default language seen by website visitors will become the first one in the “All Languages” list. This means that you can make one of the translated languages be the language to display when visitors access your website without language encoding in the URL ( such as, without /en/ for example ).

Instead of directing the user to a pre-defined language, you can also redirect them to their preferred language using the Automatic Detection of User Language add-on.

Select Yes if you want to force custom links without language encoding to add the language slug in the URL for the default language.

Google Translate

Enable or disable the automatic translation of the site with Google Translate. Existing translations will be not be affected.
Note: Not all languages support automatic translation. Please consult the supported languages list.

Language Switcher

You have three options to display language switchers on the site:

  • Shortcode ( Use the [language-switcher] shortcode on any page or widget. You can also add the Language Switcher block in the WP Gutenberg Editor. )
  • Menu item ( Go to Appearance -> Menus to add Language Switcher Languages in any menu. )
  • Floating language selection ( Have a floating dropdown following the user on every page. )
    • You can specify where the floating language switcher should be using the position dropdown list and you choose how the background of the floating language switcher should look (dark or light).

For all the available language switchers you have the following options:

  • Flags with Full Language Names (default)
  • Full Language Names
  • Short Language Names
  • Flags with Short Language Names
  • Only Flags

If you want to revert to the old styling of the language switcher shortcode or floating language switcher you can access our documentation about this here:


When editing using WordPress’s Gutenberg Editor, you can easily add the Language Switcher block.


Once you add it, from the block settings you can choose how to display the language names and whether to show flags. The Default Setting refers to the Shortcode setting in Settings->TranslatePress->General tab, in the Language Switcher option showed in the screenshot above. You can choose different settings for each language switcher block.


Here’s a short video on how to add and customize a language switcher on your WordPress site:

You can also read more about adding a language switcher that best suits your website.

Translate Site

Clicking on this tab will open the Translation Editor in the frontend of the site where you can begin translating your site.

Advanced Settings

Find out about options that help fix certain issues with integrating TranslatePress into your project here.

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