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Change locale in WordPress SEO to EN_GB

By 12th November 2014Blog

A client this morning emailed me to ask how to change the locale of her website from the default en_US language to the UK version while running the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin.

While some people think that by installing WordPress as the UK version does this, it doesn’t. This only really alters the language file used in the admin dashboard areas and changes words like ‘Trash’ to ‘Bin’, the UK equivalent. Personally, I haven’t ever felt the need to change this as I’m quite used to working with th US version now, but I know some people would probably still do this.

Changing the locale is a little different though. This appears in the source of the webpages and is default to this:

<meta property="og:locale" content="en_US" />
This is actually generated by the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin.

To change this, a few lines of code will get this permanently changed for you:

add_filter('wpseo_locale', 'override_og_locale');
function override_og_locale($locale)
{
return "en_GB";
}
By adding in this snippet to the theme functionsphp file, we can force the Yoast plugin to output the en_GB format, allowing it to be changed correctly in the source of the page.

<meta property="og:locale" content="en_GB" />

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5 Comments

  • Mo says:

    Do I delete all 5 lines and replace it with the one line snippet?

    Also, is the plugin available directly via wordpress so I can install without ftp access?

    Cheers

    • Phil says:

      No, you just need to add the 5 lines into your functions.php file. No need to delete any existing code.

      As for the plugin, you can upload the zip file directly into the backend of WordPress, under the ‘Add Plugin’ section. 🙂

  • Giancarlo says:

    Hello, I tried with the code and the plugin; however this change does not force the Yoast plugin to force the output format es_PE

    • Phil says:

      Oh, I see it too. It seems the Yoast plugin may not support that language and code combo, it reverted to ‘es_ES’ for me too. Guess Yoast aren’t supporting this variant just yet.

  • Thanks so much for your help on this. I am using a very complex theme and I’m unable to find the theme functionsphp file within WP itself. Even using Aptana, the debs have made it impossible to root around in the back end, that I had to give up. So I installed your plugin as a zip file, activated and ta-da. Nothing. It hasn’t worked. Never mind. Thank you for your brilliant post though 🙂

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