Configuring WordPress Settings

Guide to configure Settings of WordPress.

Writing Settings

Right under the General settings, you can configure writing settings, which include:

  • Default Post Category – drop down with all configured options. This option is for choosing default category for new posts – Uncategorized.
  • Default Post Format – Format is a piece of meta information that can be used by a WordPress theme to customize its presentation of a post. If you don’t yet know what it’s about, simply leave it as is.
  • Post via email – enables you to create posts by sending e-mails to the specified account. To configure such functionality, follow the WordPress instructions in the admin panel.
  • Update Services – pings the selected update service each time you update your content. Just keep using Pingomatic as default one.

Click Save Changes once done.

Reading Settings

Reading settings enables you to configure the content representation in your home page, and amount of posts shown in the content.

The following configuration options are available:

  • Front page displays
    • You latest posts – it uses default template provided with a WordPress theme and populates it with your latest posts. If you select this option, your latest posts appear in the front page in backward chronological order - newest first. NOTE: Use this option if you want to post a lot of new information quite often, and want your visitors to see the latest posts in the front page.
    • A static page – You can choose any static page for your homepage.
  • Blog pages show at most – amount of blog posts to be showed in homepage and index pages
  • Syndication feeds show the most recent – again, amount of your posts to be added into an RSS
  • For each article in a feed, show – its full text or just an automatically shortened version of the content
  • Search Engine Visibility – check to make your website not visible to robots

Click Save Changes once done.

Discussion Settings

Discussion settings enable you to configure your WordPress website inner comments and integration with other websites. Most of the configuration options are self-explanatory, while you might want to pay attention to the following ones:

  • Other comment settings – check Users must be registered and logged in to comment, if you want to reduce the amount of spam in your comments.
  • Before a comment appears – check Comment must be manually approved, same as above

Click Save Changes once done.

Media Settings

Just enables you to set default image sizes, and media files organization.

Enables you to configure page URL structure. To make the URL user- and SEO-friendly, set permalink similar to post name. Consider the following example:

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Once you finish playing with the settings, move on to selecting and installing theme on your WordPress website.