How to Configure WordPress Settings Properly After Installation
WordPress is one of the best content management system (CMS) for any type of website. It is a free and open-source based on PHP and MySQL. After installing wordpress, there are some wordpress settings you need to do to secure and optimize your website.
In this article, we will discuss and learn all those wordpress settings and “How to Configure WordPress Settings After Installation”.
WordPress will give much flexibility in website customization, on page SEO, backup your website and many more with a lot of free plugins and themes.
How to configure wordpress settings
To configure your wordpress settings, log in to your wordpress dashboard. Here you will see an option Settings, click on that. This will open the first section “General Settings”.
Section 1: General Settings
WordPress general settings handle the basic configuration of your website. There are some fields in this setting section. For example, Site Title, Tagline, E-mail Address etc.
Now we will discuss all those fields step by step:
Site Title – This field displays the name of your website. You can give any name of your site.
Tagline – You can describe your site in a short sentence. Try to use your keywords in this line. This will help you in SEO.
WordPress Address (URL) – It is the URL of WordPress directory where your all core application files are present.
Site Address (URL) – Enter the site URL that you want your site to display on the browser.
E-mail Address – This address is useful for admin purposes. This Email address will help you to recover your password and any update on the website.
Membership – If you want to add members on your website then you should check this. Otherwise, you don’t need to do this.
New User Default Role – This default role defines how you want to add a new user or member in your website. I will highly suggest you set this as “Subscriber”.
Site Language – In this field, you can set your language in which you want to use your website.
Timezone – Sets your time zone according to your particular city.
Date Format – Set your date formate as you want to display in your website.
Time Format – You can set time formate as you need to show in your site.
Week Starts On − You can select the weekday which you prefer to start for WordPress calendar. By default, it is set as to Monday.
Finally, don’t forget to click on the button “Save Changes” after doing the changes. Therefore, we have successfully configured the general settings. Now we will go for our next section “Writing Settings”. For that, click on “Writing” option on the sidebar.
Section 2: Writing Settings
This section of the wordpress settings controls our writing experience and provides more options for customizing WordPress site. These settings also control the features in adding and editing posts, Pages, and Post Types.
These are the fields in the writing settings:
Default Post Category – You can select a default category for your posts. If you don’t a select category in your blog post then that post will publish under this default category.
Note: If you don’t have any category in your website then you see on option here “Uncategorized”. When you create more categories then you will find them here.
Default Post Format – According to your themes, you will find some option to choose. You can select your post format or post style here. I will suggest you choose “Standard” for default post format.
Post via e-mail − This option uses e-mail address to create posts and publishes posts on your blog through e-mail. To use this, you will need to set up a secret e-mail account with a POP3 access, and any mail received at this address will be posted.
Mail Server − It allows reading the e-mails that you send to WordPress and stores them for retrieval. For this, you need to have POP3 compatible mail server and it will have URI address such as mail.example.com, which you should enter here.
Login Name − To create posts, WordPress will need its own e-mail account. The Login Name will use this e-mail address and should be kept as a secret as spammers will post links redirecting to their own websites.
Password − You can set the password for the above e-mail address.
Default Mail Category − It allows selecting custom category for all the posts that are published via Post by e-mail feature.
Update Services − When you publish a new post, WordPress will automatically notify the site update services in the box. See the Update Services on the codex for the long list of possible services.
After changing all the above information, click on “Save Changes” button to save your information. Now we will go to the “Reading Settings”. For that, click on “Reading” option on the sidebar.
Section 3: Reading Settings
In this section, we will discuss the third step in configuring wordpress settings. You can set your website front page and number of post to be displayed on the main page.
These are the fields in the reading settings:
Your homepage displays – If you select “Your latest posts” then your website front page will show the latest posts. But if you select “A static page” then you can choose any page to show as a front page.
When you select “A static page”, you will get two more options “Homepage” and “Posts page”
- Front Page − You can select the page you want to display on front page of your website from the drop-down.
- Posts Page − You can select the page from the drop down which contains posts on your website.
Blog pages show at most – This will set the number of posts you want to display per page. By default, it will show 10 posts.
Syndication feeds show the most recent − The user can view the number of posts when they download one of the sites feeds. By default, it is set as 10.
For each article in a feed, show − This section is used to display the post by selecting any of the following formats –
“Full Text” option displays the complete post. It is set as default. “Summary” option displays the summary of the post.
Search Engine Visibility − If you click on the checkbox, this will discourage search engines from indexing your website, your website will be ignored by the search engine.
After changing all the above information, click on “Save Changes” button to save your information. Now we will go to the “Discussion Settings”. For that, click on “Discussion” option on the sidebar.
Section 4: Discussion Settings
Now, we will learn about “Discussion settings” in WordPress. This section of wordpress settings defines the interaction between the blogger and the visitors. These settings are done by the admin to have a control over the posts and pages that come in through users.
These are the fields in the discussion settings:
Default article settings – These are the wordpress settings for your article. You will have 3 more settings under this.
- Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article − When you give a link to other websites then this will send the notification to that website.
- Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) − You can accept pick from other blog or website by selecting this option.
- Allow people to post comments on new articles − You can allow or disallow other people to comment on your post using this setting.
Other comment settings – This section controls the comments on your posts.
- Comment author must fill out name and e-mail − When you check this box, it becomes mandatory for visitors to fill their name and email address.
- Users must be registered and logged in to comment − If you want set that only registered visitors will comment on the post then check this box. Otherwise, anyone can comment.
- Automatically close comments on articles older than days − This option allows you to accept comments only for a particular time period as per your wish.
- Enable threaded (nested) comments − When you check this box, visitors can reply or have a discussion 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 you can split them into different pages by checking this box.
Email me whenever − This setting has two options, namely −
- Anyone posts a comment − When you check into this box, you will get an e-mail for every single comment in your post.
- A comment is held for moderation − When you check this box, each of the comment in your post will go under moderation. You will check them then approve or disapprove.
Before a comment appears − There are two more settings as following:
- Comment must be manually approved − If you check this box then only the approved comments by you will display on the posts or pages.
- Comment author must have a previously approved comment − This can be checked when you want to approve a comment of an author whose has commented and his e-mail address matches the e-mail address of the previous posted comment. Otherwise, the comment is held for moderation.
Comment Moderation − You can set how many links a user can put into a comment.
Comment Blacklist − You can give your own spam words in this box which you do not want your visitors to enter into the comments, URL, e-mail etc.
Avatars – You can display your image beside your name on the website. However, you can also set if your visitor doesn’t have avatar account then what will show up beside their name.
After changing all the above information, click on “Save Changes” button to save your information. Now we will go to the “Media Settings”. For that, click on “Media” option on the sidebar.
Section 5: Media Settings
In this wordpress settings, you can set the height and width of your images that you are going to use in the website.
I will suggest you leave them as it is by default. You don’t have to do anything here.
- Thumbnail size – 150×150
- Medium size – 300×300
- Large size – 1024×1024
I will highly suggest you check the box “Organize my uploads into month- and year-based folders”. This will create a separate folder for your uploaded images based on the month and year. It will help you to arrange images properly.
After changing all the above information, click on “Save Changes” button to save your information. Now we will go to the “Permalinks Settings”. For that, click on “Permalinks” option on the sidebar.
Finally, this is the last section in the wordpress settings. Here you can customize the URL of your blog posts. There are many formats to choose from.
However, according to many wordpress developer, “Post name” is the best for SEO. This will help you to rank in Google. So select this option. Don’t forget to click on “Save Changes”.
Congratulations! You have successfully configured your wordpress settings.
After installing wordpress, you must configure or set up your wordpress settings. Now we have done that successfully. Now you can install your necessary theme and plugins for your website. Create your website for your blog or business.
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