Hi, this is Digital Abhi, your digital marketing friend, and a contented digital marketer. In this post, we will explore something more about WordPress and have an overview of the WordPress Settings.

Before learning every other thing on WordPress, we should know about its basic settings, how they work and how to configure them. So, let’s get started.

WordPress Settings Overview

To help you understand better regarding WordPress Settings, I have attached a video here. I will highly recommend you watch this video as it is easier to understand these types of tutorials with the help of a video.

WordPress Settings Overview

After watching the video, you can refer to these footnotes to have even a better understanding regarding the basic WordPress Settings:

First of all, we have to log in to our WordPress dashboard. Now in the left sidebar, you can see an option of Settings. Move on to Settings. And as you hover your mouse over the Settings option, you can see a small dialog box opening on the right of it.

In that dialog box, there are few options which say: General, Writing, Reading, Discussions, Media, Permalinks and Privacy. Let’s see each of them one by one.

General WordPress Settings

When you will click on the Settings, General Settings will open up. So, first, you can see the Site Title. As I told you during the installation of WordPress that you can change the site title and tagline of your WordPress website. You can change the site title and tagline of your WordPress website from this option.

After that, you can see the WordPress Address URL and Site Address URL. Beneath it, you can see the option of Email Address, i.e., admin email address. Whenever you will make some changes to WordPress, an email will be sent to this email address regarding that change.

So, you can put any email address in it. And as you scroll down, you will find some other basic settings like the Timezome, Date Format, Time Format and all that stuff which you can set according to your requirement. Like for me, I am in India, so that timezone will be +05:30 GMT. After that set the Date Format and Time format.

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Make the settings according to your requirement and once you are done click on Save Changes. And then from the left sidebar, you can see that the next option, which is Writing. Click on it.

Writing Settings

The first thing you will see here is the Default Post Category. I have created a separate tutorial on how to create a category and how to create a post. So, if you want a default post category for your post, you can just set it from here.

The next thing is the Default Post Format. There are multiple Post Format here, Standard, Aside and all that stuff. So, I would recommend you to not change this option. Leave it as it is. After Writing Settings, comes the Reading part.

Reading Settings

Here you can change how your website looks for the reader. Like for the Homepage you can choose whether the Homepage should display your latest post or just a static page. If you select a static page, you can define which page should be displayed on your homepage.

The next thing is how many posts you want to show on your homepage. Like 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20 or 25, it’s up to you. After that, you can select whether you want to show the full article in the feed or just a summary of the article. So, I would recommend you to choose the summary here. As you know, if you will show the full text, the homepage will be very very lengthy.

The next option is Search Engine Visibility. If you click this option, your post or your website will not be indexed in the search engines. We need to do SEO for our website so that it can rank higher and higher and higher in search engine rankings. So, I would not recommend you touch this option until unless you don’t want your content to show up in the search results.

After Reading the part in WordPress Settings is Discussion.

Discussion Settings

The Discussion Settings is basically related to the engagement or the user engagement on your website. Like whether you should be notified or not someone links to your website or whether you should be notified or not when someone links out to your posts or articles.

You can change the settings for comments. You can change all these settings according to your requirements. Everything here is self-explanatory. It says email me whenever some posts a comment or email me whenever a comment is held for moderation.

So, if you are getting 10, 12, 13 or 15 or 20 30 comments every day on your website, you will be getting 20 30 emails just for Comments. So, if you don’t want your inbox to be filled just with the comments, you can untick this.

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After it, you can see an option for comment approval. So, whenever someone comments on your website, whether it should be manually approved or not. Let’s say a person ABC has commented on your website previously, so, if I just approve his or her comment so the next time he or she comments on the website the comment will get automatically approved. So, it’s up to you, your convenience whether you want to select it or not.

Then there’s another option set that if a comment has 2 or more links it gets automatically on hold. Or you can just change the number like you can change the from 2 to 4 or 8 or 3 or it’sup to you, You can put any number here.

Then you can see an option of comment blacklist. So, what is it? Let’s say if I put the word ‘follow’ here, so if any comment contains the word ‘follow’, the comment will get automatically put into the trash. So, again it’s up to you to want to enable this option.

Then you can just scroll and click on Save Changes. After Discussion, there is an option of Media.

Media Settings in WordPress

In Media, you can define the settings for the images and other media which are being uploaded on your website. And moving on to the next part, which is Permalinks.

Permalinks Settings

Now Permalinks is important. So, basically what a Permalink is. In simple words, a permalink is just a URL of the post or any content on your website. So, the thing here is you need to change the structure of Permalink. By default, the Permalink is set according to day and time. You need to change it to Post name.

From an SEO point of view, if your permalink contains day and time, it’s not good. So, we will just change it to the Post name and scroll over and just save changes.

To learn WordPress for free and in a step by step manner, you can checkout my WordPress Tutorial on Digital Abhi Blog.

So, that was an overview of WordPress settings and basic settings you need to configure in your WordPress website. Thanks for taking out time to read it. I hope you got some value, some knowledge, some information about WordPress Settings from this post.

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