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Blogger Language Confusions

The Blogger help community, recently had an issue where there was a great confusion on Blogger Platform language and Blogger Blog language. So I decided to go ahead and write in detail about it.

There are two important terms here to begin with,
  1. Blogger Platform
  2. Blogger Blog
Blogger Platform is what you see when you go to Blogger platform. The operating system that helps you write and manage your blogs on Blogger. 

That is what I see when I go to my Blogger Platform,


Blogger Blog is what you see when you go to the URL of the blog you created and is managing at Blogger Platform.

My Blogger Blog URL is https://howtoblog.krishnainfotron.com which will show me my blog as below,

That said, let's discuss about the language confusions.

Blogger Platform language is the language you would see when you go to https://blogger.com. This language earlier was preferable specifically for blogger. (i.e) You can have a separate language chosen for Blogger platform irrespective of other Google products.

With the release of the previous user interface, blogger removed this Blogger specific language preference and aligned it with Google language preference. Therefore this setting is now available directly at Google accounts and not accessible anywhere through Blogger New user interface.

You can go to Google accounts and find this setting,
  1. Go to https://accounts.google.com
  2. Under "Privacy & personalisation", click on "Manage your data & personalisation"
  3. Scroll down to "General preferences for the web" and click on Language.
  4. Or save yourself from all the trouble and click on this link which takes you directly -> https://www.blogger.com/go/language
It takes you to a settings page(as shown below) where you can choose a language which will become the default language for all products including blogger. 


Are you done saving your language? Please refresh your page at blogger.com to see your language preference enabled.


Blogger Blog language
is the language that you see in your blog when you go to your blog URL. This setting is blog specific. (i.e) You can have different blogs in different languages.

The setting for this can be found at,
Settings > Basic > Blog language
You can see the following screen,

You can choose a different language here which will affect your blog as shown below,
That's the difference between a platform language and blog language. Users had the confusion between platform language setting and blog language setting which should be clear by now.

Update:

Changing Blogger Platform language temporarily.

We can also change the language of Blogger platform by using the language parameters while visiting blogger.com.

As per one of the fellow product expert Arkadiusz's advice, you can use the workaround mentioned in his comment which I am detailing as well,

Consider you want to change the Blogger Platform's language only for a while. In that case you can simply add the language's parameter along with blogger.com. For instance consider you want to change your language to Tamil(which is my mother tongue). I'd go to the following URL,
https://www.blogger.com/?hl=ta
Then I'd see a screen like below,
Similarly you can change to whatever language you want to change to. I managed to find a Google site written by someone with Google Language Codes for each language. Please read through here -> Google Web Interface and Search Language Codes. I think that should help you with finding your language code.

Feel free to comment on the article for any clarifications.

Comments

  1. You can also change Blogger dashboard language without modifying your account settings. Just add hl parameter with two-letter country code. For instance Polish language: https://www.blogger.com/?hl=pl - it can be helpful if we need such a change only for a while.

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    1. Great Arkadiusz. Will update the article with these steps as well. Thank you.

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