WordPress | Adjust Settings

WordPress | Adjust Settings

WordPress is one of the most customizable content management systems on the planet. You can adjust settings on how your posts look, how commenting works, how your link structure works…you can even turn your blog into a regular website.

Here’s how to adjust the most important settings in WordPress.

Step 1: General Settings – This is where you adjust the basic settings of your WordPress setup. In your admin panel, scroll down to “Settings” on the left and click “General.”

Start by setting up your site’s title, your tagline, your site address and your email address.

Setup your time zones in WordPress. This will help WordPress put dates and times on your posts, your calendars and your archives.

Step 2: Writing Settings – The writing settings are primarily for your convenience. Setting up the writing settings properly will allow you to edit and post new content in an easier and more intuitive manner.

Start by setting how large you want your post box to be. The larger the box, the more room you have to type, though you’ll see fewer settings above the fold.

Setup whether or not you want WordPress to automatically format smileys and whether you want it to correct markup language.

Setup where you want posts and links to appear by default. You can change these on an individual basis in your actual post.

Setup post by email if you’d like to be able to post to your blog without logging into your WordPress admin panel.

Setup blog & ping. You can post giant lists of ping sites to send each post to if you like.

Step 3: Reading Settings – The reading setting allows you to change how users see your site. It’s where you setup how the content on your site appears.

Start by setting up how you want your front page to look. By default, your front page shows your latest posts. However, if you want, you can set it up to show something else instead.

Then setup how your want your blog pages and syndication feeds to display.

Step 4: Discussion Settings – Start by setting how the comments are setup for articles by default. You can change these on a per-article basis later.

Then choose your basic settings for comments, like whether or not people need to register and how comments are ordered.

Setup your email notifications and spam moderation settings. You can choose to get an email every time someone comments; you can also choose whether or not you need to moderate comments before they go live.

Setup your comment moderation and blacklist keywords. These are words, IP addresses, names or URLs that will get comments flagged. You can choose to either require moderation for flagged posts, or automatically blacklist them.

 Then, setup how you want avatars to work in your comments.

Step 5: Permalinks Settings – Permalinks are the permanent links each blog post gets when it goes live on your site. The permalinks section allows you to set how you want these links to be structured.

For example, you can use just the post number:

  •  www. yoursite.com/2349/

Or you could make it just use your title:

  • www. yoursite.com/your-title-here/

You can use a combination of different factors to craft your permalinks. By default WordPress has a few different structures you can choose from.

These are the most important settings in WordPress. WordPress really is an infinite customizable platform. There are so many different ways you can set up your blog it would take days just to explore all the possibilities. The options we just covered are the underlying fundamentals for setting up just about any blog.

Next in the Installing WordPress series: Customize Your Theme