WordPress Settings offer many options for customising your WordPress site.

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Exploring WordPress Settings

From the WordPress dashboard, locate the Settings menu. If we hover over this  menu, you’ll see a sub-menu appear with options for various WordPress settings including: 

● General

● Writing

● Reading

● Discussion

● Media

● Permalinks

WordPress General Settings

To get started, expand the WordPress settings menu. Click General Settings.

The first thing you’ll notice in General Settings is your Site Title and Tagline. You’ll want to make sure these titles match your site because your site title will be visible in Google search results. By default, WordPress includes “just another WordPress site” as your site’s tagline. You’ll probably want to update this tagline to be descriptive of your site, because the site tagline will also show up in Google search results for your site.


The next section is the WordPress Address (URL). For the site address URL, you  can enter the URL address if you want your site homepage to be different from the directory where you installed WordPress. In most cases, it’s best to leave these two URLs alone. 

Next you’ll see the Email  Address that’s used for admin purposes, like new user notifications. 

Next are settings for Membership. With WordPress, you can allow anyone to  register for your site. 

The New User Default Role is by default set to subscriber. You’ll probably want to  leave this setting, since you don’t want to grant administrative privileges to just anyone that registers for your site. 

Next is Timezone. Scroll through the list to select the city in the same timezone as  you then select your preferred date format. Keep in mind this date format will be visible on blog posts. If you have any questions about this format, you can check out the documentation on date and time formatting by clicking the link below this section.

The next three areas, Date Format , Time Format and Week Starts On, allow you  to customize your date and time settings.


Last is Site Language . You can select your language from the dropdown list.  

Once you’ve updated or change these settings, click Save changes

WordPress Writing Settings

Next up are Writing Settings. From the left-hand navigation menu, click to open the Writing Settings page. 

All of the settings on this page apply to writing and publishing content for your site.  The top section controls the editor within the WordPress dashboard, while the rest control external publishing methods.


We will only focus the first section, you’ll see options for formatting, including settings for default post category and default post format. When you make your selection in these drop-downs, new posts will automatically have the selected category or post format applied. Post formats are simply a way WordPress can format your posts, depending on if your theme provides styling for that particular format. We’ll cover more on categories in a later chapter.

WordPress Reading Settings

Now it’s time for Reading Settings. This screen contains the settings that affect the  display of your site’s content.


From here, you can choose what the front page displays, either your latest posts or  a fixed/static page. Once you’ve created a few pages, those pages will be listed in the drop-down as options for your front page and where to display your posts.

In the next section, you can set the number of pages your blog pages show at  most. This setting will limit the number of posts shown on a single page of your blog, before a user has to use a “previous” or “next” link to see more posts.


The next section is where you can control the display of your content in RSS feeds,  including the number of recent items syndication feeds show and whether to show full text or a summary.


The last section is for search engine visibility. If you’d like search engines to ignore  your site, click the checkbox next to Discourage search engines from indexing this site. This might be a helpful setting if you’re currently developing your site and you’re not ready for it to be indexed by search engines.


Click the Save Changes at the bottom of the screen to update these changes.

WordPress Discussion Settings

WordPress Discussion Settings provide a ton of options for the management of  comments and controlling links to your posts/pages. 

The first section is for default article settings. The first setting deals with links you  make to other blogs. The second deals with ping backs and trackbacks, or links back to your blog. The third setting is the default article settings that allow people to post comments on new articles. If you’d rather not allow people to comment on your posts, un-check this box.


In Other comment settings, you can choose the guidelines for how people post  comments and how their comments are handled.


Next, in the email me whenever section, you can choose to be emailed when  someone posts a comment or when a comment is held in moderation.

The Before a comment appears section deals with how comments are published.  Here you can choose if an administrator must always approve comments or to publish automatically if the comment author had previously posted a comment. 

In the Comment Moderation area, you can customise how a comment is held  based on the number of links. In this box, you can also add words, names, URLs, emails or even IPs to filter comments into the moderation queue.


Both this section and the comment blacklist section are great for helping to defend  your blog against spam comments. 

Next, take a look at the avatar section. An avatar is a profile image you can have  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, filter by their rating or chose a default avatar for people that don’t already have a custom one of their own.


Click the Save Changes button at the bottom of this page.

WordPress Media Settings

The Media Settings page allows you to set maximum sizes for images inserted into the content of a post. These settings are great for saving time if you always want images to be the same size or if you want to apply default settings for medium and large image sizes.


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


Click Save changes .

WordPress Permalink Settings

Permalinks are the permanent URLs to individual pages and blog posts, as well as category and tag archives.

Basically, a permalink is the web address used to link to your content that is permanent, and never changes that’s why they’re called “perma”links.

The WordPress Permalink Settings screen allows you to choose your default permalink structure. You can choose from common settings or create custom URL structures.

By default, WordPress uses web URLs, which have question marks and lots of numbers in them. You’ll probably want to change your permalinks here to another structure to improve the aesthetics, usability, and forward-compatibility of your links, and to make them more search enginefriendly.

If you’d like more information on setting up your permalinks, click the Help tab at the top of the screen. Here’ you’ll get an overview of common settings and structures to help select your permalink structure.