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Word Press: Settings

Once you get your domain name, have  your hosting set-up and have installed your Word Press theme of choice, you’ll want to configure the Word Press ‘settings’  from the Dashboard.  Different from plug-ins and widgets, post and pages . . . the settings allow you to set up your overall blog presentation depending on what you want to accomplish. This includes how your blog is displayed, how it is read, how you write it along with a variety of other parameters.

For example, if you have a personal blog you may want to allow the public to visit and comment, but not allow access to the search engines. On the other hand, if you have a business blog you definitely want the search engines to crawl your posts – but you may want to block viewer comments. How you configure your Word Press blog is up to you.

The following are some of the Setting sections you can configure along with a brief explanation of what’s included and what they do. 

 Allows you to set the basic, general parts of your blog:

  • Title (Blog name)
  • Tagline (Try to use good keywords here)
  • Membership
  • Time Zone
  • When week starts (First day to be displayed on the calendar if you have one)

How you will write your posts and how they will be updated including:

  • Size of post box in lines
  • Permit conversion of emoticons, i.e., smiley faces (or not)
  • Allows you to set up remote publishing and/or posting via email
  • Input your Ping list (Update services, every time you upload a new post these services will ‘ping’ it)

How others will view and read your blog regarding:

  • How to display your front page (Show new posts each time you post or make front page static)
  • Number of posts to display on front page
  • Decide if you want to show full text of post or summary of post
  • Set RSS parameters

 Allows you to set the comment permission, comment guidelines including:

  • Default settings – you choose to allow comments and if you want to be notified of ping-backs and trackbacks
  • Other settings – you choose if you want to receive the email and name of person commenting, when to close and display comments
  • Decide if you want to be notified when someone has left a comment or if you want comments held for moderation
  • Choose to have approval on comments and screen links that may be in a comment
  • Add IP addresses to a ‘blacklist’ for repeat comment offenders (spammers)
  • Set Avatar displays

  • Set image sizes including thumbnail, medium and large
  • Choose settings for embeds (videos)

Decide if you want blog visibility for everyone including search engines or limited visibility excluding the search engines.

Permits you to change how your individual post address will display in the ‘address’ bar. It is better to have the category and post title shown rather than a string of unrelated numbers and letters. Configuring your permalinks makes it easier to remember a post and is more search engine friendly. (We’ll cover permalinks in a separate post.)

Determines the ‘uploading’ of files – where and how.

Conclusion

Working through the different Settings categories will make using your blog easier not only for you but for those who visit. And remember, that any changes you make will not take effect until you have clicked on the ‘Save Change’ button at the bottom of the respective page.

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