Blogger blogging platform seems to be one of the best free blogging platforms which we have arround, and many blogger even pro blogger still use this platform. The flexibility of blogger blogging platform is ample, and a lot of beautiful templates have been created to suite your niche.

Sometimes after uploading a chosen template to your blog on blogger blogging platform, you probably may notice that the follow and follower buttons are not written in English but in the designers’ language. This glitch is common with malaysian bloggers templates such as the mas sugeng’s templates. In the malaysian templates, you will see “Ikuti” instead of “Follow” and “pengikut” instead of “Follower”.

I had “Ikuti” showing on my blog after modifying and uploading my template. I looked for “Ikuti” in my template but didn’t find it and I bet you won’t find it either in your template if you search for it. So I searched for “how to change Ikuti to Follow” via google but no tutorial came up. Later on, I searched for “how to change my blog language” and eventually figured it out through google’s support posts. Without much addo, let me tell you how to fix this and change “Ikuti” to “Follow” in your google+ follow widget on your blog.

How To Change Google+ Buttons Language to English in Blogger

The change is done by a javascript in the template which converts the English “follow” to the language specified on the code. Let’s see how it’s being done.

Backup your template.
– Open your template and search for “gcfg” or “apis.google.com/js/plusone.js” . You can also search for any other unique tag in the code below incase “gcfg and apis.google.com/js/plusone.js” wasn’t found. You should see a javascript code like the one highlighted below.

window.___gcfg = {lang: 'id'};
(function() {
var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true;
po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js';
var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s);
})();

– Select the javascript code and delete it. Then, save your template. That should help your Google+ widgets revert to the default language – English.

Just in case you didn’t see that big chunk of code above, then you may see something like the codes below:

Code 1:

window.___gcfg = {
lang: ‘ab-XY,
parsetags: ‘onload’
};

Code 2:

window.___gcfg = {‘lang’: ‘ab‘};

‘ab’ is the country language while ‘XY’ is the country. You have two options:
1) Delete it as stated above.
2) Change the language in the code (in red) to en-US (if template have like first code) or just en (if template have like second code).
Save your template.

Note: This will change the language to English.

To change to other languages, see https://developers.google.com/+/web/api/supported-languages.
Finish. You don’t really need any magic to do this by yourself.

In like manner, If your twitter widgets (buttons) is not written in English, find the code below in your template and delete it as well if available.

!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

You can ask questions or make contributions by comments below. Happy blogging. 🙂

26 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Larry

    This is an informative post and will definitely help bloggers using the blogging platform. I know that using this platform can be difficult for newbie bloggers especially when it comes to customizing. So good job on finding a way to change the google + button language to English.

    Thanks for sharing……

    • hi Ikechi,
      It’s good to see you here. Blogger blogging platform id very flexible and you can even customize it to look like wordpress on mobile, but that’s a pro job.
      Sure every newbie takes a bit of time to get used to the platform, and this guide will surely halp them.

      Thanks for stopping by, and do have a wonderful day ahead. 🙂

  2. This was one of the main reason why I decided to transfer to WordPress, it should have been a better case if I have seen this post before now. Anyway thanks for the post, at least I know how to change this now and I can even use it to help others.

    • Hi Debarpan, sure it’s a nice trick, and I’m so glad you like it. It’s good to know that you like to tweak your blogger bloog.
      Thanks for stopping by, do have a wonderful day ahead

  3. Hi Larry,
    A bit technical but very helpful. There is no doubt that working with Blogger brings about flexibility. Thanks for sharing this tutorial on how to correct the language glitch in Google + button.
    I have shared this comment in kingged .com as well.

  4. At first I didn’t get the title of the post, tried to wrap my head around it. Think the reason is because I haven’t encountered this problem yet on my blog while using some templates and I’m yet to see blogs whose share buttons aren’t in English. Could be frustrating. Good thing you shared this, it will be a good guideline for those trying to fix this.

    • Hi Gracia,
      Just as Martins has said, this defect is mostly seen on malaysian template, I guess you must have come across a malaysian template, as they are so beautiful, and sometime their mobile looks like wordpress.

      It’s good tou haven’t come across this hectic problem.
      Thanks for stopping by, Enjoy the day.

  5. What a nice post Larry Frank, i must repeat it again, i am becoming too addicted to this blog, I detest it when i always forget my pot of fresh food on fire because of your blog.

    Though am not a blogger, but atlist their is a saying “No knowledge is a waste” i have really learnt something from this, because i can equally sell this out for rubbies…lol, yout blog is becoming informative as at now, please dont backdown just keep the fire burning.

    Regard: Pelij Elijah

  6. Hi Larry,

    This was very informative post. Design matters a lot in the success of any online business. As i am on blogger platform i am definitely going to try this.

    Thanks for sharing bro 🙂

    Regards,
    Ashutosh

  7. Hi Don and Larry,

    Although I have moved away from blogger but I remember the time i had this problem once and I chose to change the template instead. This is a great fix for the same.

    Nice share there!

    regards,
    Navneet

    • Hi Navneet,
      It’s quite unfortunate that you didn’t come across this article on time. Oh! There was no other option other than changing the template, I guess that affected you.

      All thesame you know it now, and you can decide to creat either a niche blog on blogger, and if you come across this same issue, you’ll easily fix it.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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