Blog Settings in WordPress Overview

Now that you have WordPress loaded into your new blog and you’ve familiarized yourself with the WordPress Dashboard you’re ready to tweak the settings. Setting everything is really simple.

Let’s get started.

General Settings

The first 4 areas are pretty straight forward. The site name and tagline are the names of your blog and what your main focus or identity you wish for your readers to know about your blog. Don’t worry if you’re not sure of the tagline at this point you can always come back and add one or change it if needed. You might even change it as you grow your blog.

The next areas should be your domain address. I have the same address for both the blog and WordPress to keep things simple.

The email address in the next field should be the address you wish to use for your blog.

Writing Settings

Now let’s set your language for your blog. This language will be the language you’ll be writing your posts in.

Next up, select a city in your current time zone. This will help when you schedule your posts into the future. They’ll be timed with your current time.

The last settings under general will be time format, date format, and the day you wish to start the week. How do you want the time and date to apear on your blog posts. Sellect which format you wish to use and don’t forget to select the first day of the week. I use Sunday as the first day but if you would prefer a different day, you may do so.

Don’t forget to save your changes at the bottom. It’s important to save anytime you make a change in the settings.

After saving, click on writing under settings.

For the writing settings set up your preferred default for posts categories. If you publish a post without adding a category, the default will automatically file the post under that category.

The default post format I leave as standard.

The remaining settings included under the writing settings have to do with posting via email. I don’t use this feature, but if you would like, you can go ahead and fill in the blanks with your information. For this blog set up I’m going to leave them alone and move on.

Reading settings

Your blog homepage will either feature a static page or posts page. A static page is one page of information that doesn’t change. This would be great for websites, artist pages, and as an opening to your blog, for instance, you can look at Scrapality as an example. A posts page or latest posts page is exactly that. It’s a chronological listing of your latest posts with excerpts of the articles you have recently posted just like the blog Two Slices of Bread. After making your selections, don’t forget to save.

Discussion Settings

The discussion settings are important for communicating with your readers. In this section, you may choose to accept comments, pingbacks, and trackbacks on your articles from your readers.

Trackbacks allow you to know what websites are linking to you. And, pingbacks are created from external links on other sites to you. It helps your SEO, which is something we’ll touch base on later.

Comments from readers are an awesome way to get feedback from your visitors. You may or may not want comments on your posts and pages. It’s up to you.

If you decide to allow comments on your blog you may elect to receive an email and to moderate the comments prior to them appearing for all visitors to read. This can be helpful if you receive an unkind comment from someone who doesn’t agree with you. Trust me, there are lots of trolls on the internet.

Lastly, do you want your reader’s comments to include avatars in the comments? Avatars are pictures set up by readers that appear next to their comments.

Media Settings

The media section allows you to specify what size images will be used when uploading into your media library. You can set limits to the size of your images to give you control over your images when you upload them to your blog posts.

As for the uploading files locations, I would leave them as-is unless you know what you’re doing. This is something I allow wordpress to do for me. Why fix what isn’t broken. Don’t forget to save!

Permalinks

Permalinks are very important. This is one of those things you don’t want to change once you start writing your blog. Any of the settings will work but the best one is post-name. Permalinks are the addresses to each post you write. You want your readers to easily find your articles so it only makes sense to use the post name. Less is more really works in this case. Keep that in mind. Again, don’t forget to save.

Privacy settings

All websites on the internet need to follow national and internation privacy policies. You will need a privacy policy page. You can use this section to add one or add one under pages and link it here.

There are many privacy policy writing sites online. You can select what time of site you have and they format your policy for you. It’s really simple to do and they cover all the bases.

Limit Login Attempts

This section alows you to limit hacker attempts to login to your blog or website. It also keeps a list at the bottom. I can’t tell you how many attempts have been made on my blogs.

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