Explaining WordPress Settings

Explaining WordPress Settings

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Today we will explore the WordPress Settings.

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WordPress has a separate section named as “Settings” from which you can customize your WordPress and control how your site will function. In this article, we will cover WordPress Settings section in details.

Exploring WordPress Settings

First of all login into the WordPress admin. After login you will be redirected to the Dashboard. Now scroll down the page and locate the “Settings” section in the left navigation menu. Now hovering over this menu, you will see a Sub-menu appearing with options for various WordPress settings including:

  • General
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Discussion
  • Media
  • Permalinks

WordPress General Settings

To customize the general setting section, click on the “General” menu item under “Settings” menu. On the clicking on it, You will be redirected to below page.

Here you can set Site Title, Tagline. Make sure these details like title, tagline match your site because your site title will be appear in Google search results. By default, WordPress includes “just another WordPress site” as your site’s tagline. You will need to update this tagline to be descriptive of your site, because the site tagline will also appear in the Google search results for your site.

The next section is the WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address(URL), WordPress address is the address of directory where the WordPress has been installed. Mostly Site Address and WordPress Address are the same but if want your site homepage to be different from the directory where you installed WordPress you can change Site Address(URL). But it would be better to leave these details unchanged in most of the cases.

Next below the Site Address, you will see the Email Address. This email address is used for admin purpose to send different notifications like new user registration etc.

Next setting is for Membership. Here you will see a checkbox for this setting. By enabling this option, you can allow anyone to register at you website. This is a great feature if you are running a membership website like eCommerce. Here if a new user register at your site, his/her default role set to default as Subscriber. I am sure, you would not like to change this setting as you will not like to grant admin privileged to the anyone who is just register at you website.

After that you will see, Timezone. Now click on the list box and select the city from the list of timezone as you are in. Now after that set you preferred date format. Also please keep in mind that which date format you have chosen, will display on the front end in the blog details.

After that you will see Time format setting. Now Select any suitable Time Format. If any of the format is not suitable then you can select last option named as “Custom” and you can define your own format.

Note: If you have any questions about setting these formats, you can check out the documentation on date and time formatting by clicking the link below Timezone section as “Documentation on date and time formatting“.

Now next Setting is “Week Starts On“. Here you can set the day of the week from which works starts.

Once you have updated/change these settings, click “Save Changes”.

WordPress Writing Settings

Now comes to Writing Settings. Go to the left menu navigation in Admin, and click on “Writing” menu under “Settings” and below form will open.

These all settings under this section are all about publishing and writing content on your website.

In the beginning of the form, you will see “Default Post Category” and “Default Post Format” to set to which category your post will be linked if you haven’t selected any and the default post layout respectively. These are the crucial things and these define your content and design of your website.

So please decide carefully your category and post format as per your website design.

Now come to next, “Post via email“. This is very important feature as you can understand by the title as well. Yes, You are thinking in right direction. You can allow your website to
get post/content via email. To enable this feature you must setup a secret email account with POP3. Any mail received at this email address will be posted so it would be better to keep this address very secret.

The last section under “Writing” is “Update Services“. When you publish a new post, WordPress notify the listed site update services in the text box. To know more about this, check out the below link.


Note: Separate multiple service URLs with line breaks.
Once you have updated/change these settings, click “Save Changes”.

WordPress Reading Settings

Now next topic is “Reading“. Under this section you can manage, how your website content will display.

Here you can manage what will be displayed as homepage of your website either your latest posts or a static page. First you have to select one option. If you select “Your latest post“, your latest posts/articles/blogs will start displaying on your website’s home page. And on choosing “A static page“, two drop down list will get enable which will be containing of all your page you have created on the website. And you can choose from this list of page as what will be shown on your front page and where to display your posts.

The next section is, where you can control the display of your content in RSS feeds, containing the maximum number of posts to display and whether to show full text or a summary. Also you can control how much blogs/posts will display in once.

The last section under this section is “Search Engine Visibility” where you can control whether search engines should ignore your website or not. Click the checkbox next to Discourage search engines from indexing this site.

Note: This might be a helpful setting if you are currently developing your website and you do not wish for it to be indexed by search engines.

Once you have updated/change these settings, click “Save Changes”.

WordPress Discussion Settings

Next section is “Discussion“. Under this section you can control the management of comments and can also control the links to your post/pages

The first section is for “Default article settings“. Under this section, there are three option which deals with the links you make to other blogs, the ping backs and trackbacks, or links back to your blog and allowing people to comment on your articles. if you want features/control On, then check the options otherwise uncheck the boxes.

Note: These settings may be overridden for individual articles.

Next is “Other comment settings” where you can control the guidelines for how people post comments, whether user must be registered and logged in while posting comments, how their comments are handled and many more..

Under next, in the “Email me whenever” section, you can choose to be emailed when someone posts a new comment or when a comment is held for moderation.

Next is “Before a comment appears” where you can control how comments should be published on your website. Here in this section, you can control if comment must be manually approved i.e. administrator must always approve the comment before it published or if it publish automatically where the comment author had previously posted a comment or not.

Next, the “Comment Moderation area“, here you can control if you want to hold a comment on the basis of number of links. In this box, you can also control the abuse content by adding words, names, URLS, emails or even IPs to filter comments into the moderation queue.

Note: One word or IP per line.

Both these sections and the next section “Comment Blacklist” section are very crucial to defend your blog against spam and abuse comments.

Next is “Avatar” section.
“An avatar is a profile image you had assigned to your email address when you comment on avatar-enabled sites.”

Here you can enable the display of avatars for people who comment on your site, can assign maximum rating and can choose a default avatar for the people that don’t have their own avatar image.

If you don’t already have an avatar, visit gravatar.com to upload your own.

Once you have updated/change these settings, click “Save Changes”.

WordPress Media Settings

Next “Media” section is, where you can set the maximum dimensions in pixels to use when adding an image to the body of a post. This is very important and time saving setting while uploading and resizing images like medium, large and thumbnail images.

The Uploading files option allows you to select whether or not your uploads are organized into month and year-based folder.

Once you have updated/change these settings, click “Save Changes”.

WordPress Permalink Settings

Permalinks are the permanent URLs to individual blog posts, pages, categories and tag archives as well. Actually, a permalink is the web address that is linked to your content that is permanent, and never changes — that is why they are called as permalinks.

This section allows you to choose your default permalink format. You can choose a format from the available list or you can create your own custom URL structure.

If you need more information on setting up your permalinks, click the Help tab at the top of the screen.

That’s it!!!

This is Lalit signing off for today.

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