Settings play a very important role for any website. WordPress settings can be used for customizing your site functions. We are here to help you learning settings of WordPress. By the end of this WordPress Tutorial, we are sure that you will learn the essentials of settings. If you haven’t installed WordPress in your domain, then we recommend you to go through How to Install WordPress article before proceeding.
Explore WordPress Settings
You will find Settings menu under the left tab. Click on the settings menu, then a sub-menu will appear with the following options.
Look at the below capture of WordPress settings menu.
WordPress General Settings contains the general options for your website. Navigate to Settings menu->General settings and launch the General settings page.
Check out the below screenshot for overview.
There are several options for your website right. Here you can change Site Title and Tagline. This site title and tagline will be visible on your website and google search results. So it’s very important that your site title and site content should match. By default, some title and tagline will be there which are generated default WordPress settings so please change them accordingly. You may wonder what is the tagline for the site. It’s nothing but a description of what your site is about.
WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL) are the next set of options you can see in this settings screen. These fields indicates your site home page. You can enter the url address if your site’s home page is different from the wordpress installation directory. Otherwise just enter http://www.yourdomainname.com
Next option is the Email address. Just enter the email id where you want to receive notifications and other communication mails regarding your website. This email id is for the admin purpose.
Membership field contains a checkbox for allowing anyone to register with your website. This is suitable for the site owners who are running membership websites.
New User Default Role is one of the important option which you have to know. By default it will be set to subscriber. Whenever new user is created, you have to give a role to that user. There are several roles in this drop-down such as Subscriber, Contributor, Author, Editor and Administrator. You can set the default role of the new user. However, you can change the role any time.
Timezone is the option where you can choose your timezone of your city. After selecting timezone, you have to select your preferred Date Format, Time Format and Week starts on.
Site Language is one of the great features of WordPress. If you want to see your WordPress in your local language, then it always allows you to select your preferred language and localize your WordPress website.
When you are done with the changes, please don’t forget to click on “Save changes” button.
You can launch the WordPress Writing Settings by clicking writing settings under Settings menu on the left side of dashboard screen. These settings are mainly useful for your content writing.
Let’s quickly go through these WordPress settings one by one.
• Default Post Category – You can divide your content under many categories. This options helps you to set category by default upon creating content.
• Default Post Format – This indicates the default format of your post upon creation.
• Post via email – These settings allows you to send email to your site with the post content. You need to setup email account with POP3 access for sending and receiving emails.
a. Mail Server – Give the mail server location which you want to use
b. Login Name – This is login email id which is used for login
c. Password – Enter the password for this email login
d. Default Mail Category – Select the category you want to use for mailing posts.
• Update Services – List out the services you want to update upon creating new post in WordPress. These updates services can be useful to let others that you have updated your blog or website.
After making the changes you want, click on Save Changes button to save them.
Till now we have seen General settings and writing settings. Now we will describe Reading settings. WordPress Reading settings are nothing but it affects the display of your website content. You can decide how you want to present the data in your website.
Below are the options available in Reading settings.
• Front Page Displays: Here you can select what posts has to be displayed on the front page i.e. latest posts or a fixed page.
• Blog Pages show at most: This value indicates the number of posts has to be shown in a page at a time.
• Syndication feeds show the most recent: This section is about RSS feeds. You can control the display the number of posts.
• For each article in a feed, show: You can select whether to display full content or just summary in the feeds.
• Search Engine Visibility: If you don’t want to index your site in search engine, then you can select this checkbox. It is useful if you are developing a site and is not completed then by selecting this option, your site will not be indexed by any search engine.
Click on Save Changes button when you are completed with the changes.
WordPress Discussion settings allow you to manage comments and controls links to posts/pages. This screen contains various sections as following. Have a look on the below picture for more WordPress settings.
- Default Article Settings: It has 3 options as the default settings. First one lets you deal with the links you have made to other blogs. Second is about pingback and trackback to your blog. Third one allows people to make comments on your articles.
- Other Comment Settings: Here you can describe how you can handle the comments which are posted by people.
- Email me whenever: You can select the conditions like when you want to get notified regarding the comments. Either anyone posts a comment or moderation of comment is done.
- Before a comment appears: Here you can choose how you want to appear comment on the page.
- Comment Moderation: You can give conditions when the comment moderation is to be held. There are several options you can choose.
- Comment Blacklist: You can define the conditions when a comment should be blacklisted. You can enter some spam words such that whenever these words appear in the comments, then those comments will be blacklisted.
- Avatars: Avatar is nothing but an image which you can see before the your reply to the post comment. But before this, you have to enable avatar for your site.
- Avatar Display – You can enable or disable avatar
- Maximum Rating – This is the rating of people who commented on your site
- Default Avatar – This is the default avatar which is to be displayed when the commenter has no image of their own.
After making changes you required, click on Save Changes button.
WordPress Media Settings page allows you to manage images and files inserted into the post. This is completely upto you whether you want to use same size for all images or default sizes. These WordPress settings will be helpful for owners who want to fix the size. Quickly see the below screenshot for more clarity.
It has the following options to set.
- Thumbnail Size
- Medium Size
- Large Size
Along with these options, you can organize uploads to year and month folders.
Permalinks are nothing but Permanent URLs of your website. Permalink is the web address that point to your content on the web. The WordPress Permalink Settings screen allows you to choose the default permalink structure which has to be displayed as URL for users. You can change the url format from here. View the below picture at a glance for these WordPress settings.
It has the following common settings and optional settings.
- Plain – If you select this option, you post will be ended with p=12 (some random number).
- Day and Name – This option will display the Day and post name
- Month and Name – This option will display the URL ending with month and post name.
- Numeric – This option will display the URL ending with numeric value.
- Post Name – URL will look like domain name and post name.
- Custom Structure – Here you can choose your own custom URL i.e. if you want to add category, tag or another specific value, you can write that in %%.
Optional Settings: This setting is optional. You can select category or tag value if you want them to add in your URLs.