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Understanding WordPress Settings & Configuration

In our previous article, we discussed different WordPress tools that are available and how to use these. Now we are going to learn what different WordPress settings are and how we can customize these.

When you click on Settings menu button on the left side menu, you will be see the following sub-menus. There might also be some sub-menu items created by additional plugins you might have installed. But the important ones are those which are available by default in all WordPress installations.

  • General
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Discussion
  • Media
  • Permalinks

When you click on General sub menu, you will see that you can adjust some of the most fundamental WordPress settings related to your website. You can edit your WordPress website home page title and the tag line. It is best to leave the WordPress URL and Site Address URL as they are. You may enable membership for your website but in case you do this, ensure that New User Default Role is selected as a subscriber for security reasons. And you can also freely choose your time zone, date format, week starting day and language for your website from General tab. Once you are done with editing, do not forget to hit Save Changes button.



Next sub menu is ‘Writing’. Here you can choose Default post category, whether you want to post via email and also

update services that your blog should ping if you update your WordPress blog. It is mostly OK if you leave the settings as they are for this tab.



You might recall that Discussion sub-menu was discussed earlier in our tutorial on managing WordPress comments.

The next sub-menu is Media and here you can select the default image sizes for different types of images that WordPress can create. And it is also better to leave the’?Organize my uploads into month- and year-based folders’ field checked. Nothing much to change on this screen if you are a WordPress beginner.



And the last WordPress setting is Permalinks which is a very important setting as far as WordPress SEO is concerned. Different options are available for Permalinks but WordPress SEO experts agree that the best option to use is ‘Post Name’. Just select this radio button and click on ‘Save Changes’ button. By doing this simple change, you have taken a big step towards improving your WordPress blog SEO.


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