Here we will study about General Settings in WordPress. Well, general settings are used to set the basic configuration settings into your site. The steps to access the general settings are as follows−
Step 1 − Click on Settings > General option in WordPress.
Step 2 − The General Setting page is displayed which seen in the following screenshot.
Here are the details of the following fields of general settings page.
- Site Title: It shows the name of the website.
- Tagline: It shows a short sentence about your site.
- WordPress Address(URL): It is the URL of WordPress directory where your all core application files are available.
- Site Address(URL): Enter the URL of the site that you want your site to show on the browser.
- E-mail Address: Enter your e-mail address that helps you to recover your password or any update.
- Membership: When you check this checkbox then anyone can register an account on your site.
- New User Default Role: It sets the default role for the newly registered user or members.
- Timezone: Here you can set the time zone based on the specific city.
- Date Format: You can set here the format of date format as you want to show on the site.
- Time Format: You can set the format of the time as you want to show on the site.
- Week Starts On: Here you select the week day that you prefer to start for WordPress calendar. By default it is set as Monday.
- Site Language: Here you can sets the language for the WordPress dashboard.
Step 3 − After filling all the information about general settings, click on Save Changes button. That saves all of your general settings.
The writing settings controls the features of the adding as well as editing posts, pages & post types even the optional functions like Remote publishing, Post via e-mail, and also Update services. The steps are as follows −
Step 1 – Click on Settings > Writing option.
Step 2 − The Writing Setting page is appeared as seen in the following screenshot –There are few details about the fields which shown on this page –
Formatting − This field has two sub options for better user experience.
- The first option is used to Convert emotions such as 🙂 and 😛 into graphics on display that will turn a text-based emoticons into graphic-based emoticons.
- The second option is used to automatically corrects the incorrect XHTML which is placed in the posts or pages.
- Default Post Category: It is a category which is applied to a post even you can leave it as Uncategorized.
- Default Post Format: It is used by the themes to choose the format of the post which could be applied in to a post or generate different styles for different types of posts.
- Post via e-mail: This option is used to create as well as publish posts via e-mail. If you want to use this option then you’ll need to create a secret e-mail account with a POP3 access.
- Mail Server: It gives you the permission to read the e-mails which you send to WordPress & save them for recovery. But for this access you need to have the POP3 mail server in which you have an URI address like – mail.example.com that will helps you to enter here.
- Login Name: To create any post in WordPress you will need its own e-mail address. Because the Login Name will use this e-mail and also keep it secret to prevent from the spammers of your website.
- Password: You have to set password for the above e-mail address.
- Default Mail Category: It permits you to choosing the custom category for all the posts which are published through e-mail feature.
- Update Services: WordPress will automatically notify the site update services in the box. You have to see the Update Services in the index for the long list of possible services.
Step 3 – When you fill out all of the information, click on Save Changes button to save your information.
Well, the reading setting is used to set the number of the post displayed on the main page. And you have done this by these Reading Settings. So, the steps are as given below −
Step 1 − Click on Settings > Reading.
Step 2 − The Reading Settings page is appeared as in the following screenshot.
There are few details of the fields on reading settings are as follows.
1.Front page displays: This section is used to show the front page by using these following format −
- Your latest posts − It shows the latest posts on the front page.
- A static page − It shows the static pages on the front page.
- Front Page − You can choose the actual page that you want to show on the front page from the drop down.
- Posts Page − You can choose the page from the drop down that consists the posts.
2. Blog pages show at most: The number of posts to be seen per page. By default, it sets as 10.
3. Syndication feeds show the most recent: The user can see the number of posts if they download one of the site feeds. By default, it is set as 10.
4. For each article in a feed, show: This section is used to show the post by choosing the following formats −
- Full Text − It shows the complete post which is also set as default.
- Summary − It shows the summary of the post.
5. Search Engine Visibility: After checking the checkbox, your site will be ignored by the search engine.
Step 3 − After fill out all of the information, click on Save Changes button to save your settings.
In this chapter, we will learn about the Discussion Settings which helps to create an interaction between viewers & bloggers. And the settings are done by the admin of the website to control over the posts/pages which come through the viewers. The steps are as follows:
Step 1 − Click on Settings > Discussion.
Step 2 − The Discussion Settings page is shown in the following screenshot.
There are few fields in the page which are describes below:
Default Article Settings − These settings are default to the new pages you create or new posts. This contains three more settings. They are −
- Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article: If you check this box then WordPress send a notification to that blog, from which you have link into your article.
- Allow link notifications from other blogs(pingbacks and trackbacks): Check this box if you want to get notification from other sites which may give the reference of your site or article.
- Allow people to post comments on new articles: Check this box if you want that people comments on your site.
Other Comment Settings − This setting has the following options −
- Comment author must fill out name and e-mail: When you check this box, it is compulsory for visitors to fill their details. Like – their name and email address.
- Users must be registered and logged in to comment: If you check this box then only registered visitors can leave comments.
- Automatically close comments on articles older than days: This option permits you to allow comments only for a specific time period according to your wish.
- Enable threaded(nested) comments: When you check this option, visitors can reply and get responses.
- Break comments into pages with top level comments per page and the page displayed by default: If your pages are getting a lot of comments then by checking this box, you can split them into different pages by checking this box.
- Comments should be displayed with the comments at the top of each page: You can organize the comments in the form of ascending or descending order.
Email me whenever − This setting have two options, which are as describe below −
- Anyone posts a comment: If you check this box, then you get an e-mail for every single comment which is posted.
- A comment is held for moderation: This option is used in such case when you don’t want your comment to be updated without moderated by the admin.
Before a comment appears − This setting shows that how your posts are controlled. There are two more settings as followed −
- Comment must be manually approved: If you check this box then only the approved comments showed on the page or posts and the comments are only approved by the admin.
- Comment author must have a previously approved comment: If you check this box then the visitors can only get approval when their previous posted comments approved and they were use the same e-mail id.
Comment Moderation – It consists only a particular number of links which are allowed into a comment.
Comment Blacklist – If you want to stop few spam entries in comment section then you can input your own spam words that you do not want your viewers used into comments, URL, e-mail, etc.
Avatars – It is a small image which displays at the top-right-hand corner of the dashboard screen. It is similar to your profile picture. Here are some options that are described below –
- Avatar Display: If you check this box then it displays your avatar apart from your name.
- Maximum rating: You have a four other options of avatars that you can use. Such as –
G – It is suitable for all audiences.
PG- It is possibly offensive, generally for audiences 13 and above.
R- It is proposed for adult audiences above 17.
X- It is even more mature than above.
Now you have to decide that which type of audience you want to show your posts.
- Default Avatar: In this option, either you display a generic logo or created one based on their e-mail address.
Step 3 − Click on Save Changes button to save the settings.
Here we will learn about the Media settings in WordPress. These settings are used to set image’s size, height & width in the website. The followings steps are as given below –
Step 1− Click on Settings > Media.
Step 2 − The Media Settings page is appeared as shown in the snapshot.
There are few details about the fields −
- Thumbnail size – You can set the size of the thumbnail.
- Medium size – You can set the height and width of medium size images.
- Large size – You can set width and height of larger images.
- Uploading files – When you click on this checkbox, then the uploaded image will be arranged into a folder which is based on year and month.
Step 3 − After setting all the dimension in pixels, then click on Save Changes button. It saves your all changes.
WordPress – Permalink Setting
Permalink is known as permanent link to a specific blog post. So, here we will study about the permalink settings in which it is used to add permalinks in your post. And the steps are given below –
Step 1 − Click on Settings > Permalinks.
Step 2 − When you click on Permalinks, the following page displays on the screen.
Here are a few settings you can make in your website −
1.Common Settings − Here are few options to make your permalink structure for your blog. The radio buttons are given below decide and check as per your need.
Default − It will set the default URL structure in WordPress.
- Date and name: It is used to set URL structure according to the date and name in your posts.
- Month and name: It is used to set the URL structure according to the month and name in your post.
- Numeric: It is used to set numbers in the URL structure in your post.
- Post name: It is used to set the post name in the URL structure in your post.
- Custom Structure: It is used to set the URL structure of your choice by writing the desired name in the given text box.
2.Optional – These settings are optional. Because if your text box is empty then default settings is used. Here you have two options which are described below –
- Category Base: It is used to add custom prefix for your category URL.
- Tag Base: It is used to add custom prefix to your Tags URL.
Step 3 − Once you completed all changes, then click on Save Changes button to save the changes.