When using WordPress in a non-english version, problems with the character set of your output can arise. German for example has these special characters called “Umlaute” -> Ä Ü Ö
Your database must be set to handle these kind of special characters. In my experience this is done best by setting the database collation to:
The screenshot above shows the database collation setting.
Tampering with your database the wrong way will result in an instant crash of your site. Backup your database beforehand.