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The WordPress Settings pages in the admin sidebar is where you go to configure your websites settings. It is the primary location to manage all aspects of your site. You must have administrator capabilities on your login account to be able to see and administer the settings of your WordPress site.

There are several pages in the WordPress settings area that allow you to configure different aspects of your site. You will often find plugins that you install will also add their settings options as a sub-menu item.

The six main areas of the settings area are: General, Writing, Reading, Discussion, Media and Permalinks. Clicking on the Settings link will take you to the Settings > General page.

WordPress Settings Subpages

General Settings
The General settings page is where you can administer general things that make up your site like your websites title and description, site URL and admin email address as well as timezone and date related fields.

Writing Settings
The Writing settings page contains settings to do with writing your content. This includes setting defaults for the category and post format of your posts and settings that will allow you to email your post to your website.

There is also a field to add your update services which sends notifications to other sites letting them know you’ve updated your blog.

Reading Settings
The Reading settings page contains settings relating to viewing your content. This includes options to choose what page is displayed on your homepage and the number of posts to display per page and in your syndication feeds.

It also gives you the option to display the entire article in the feed or just a snippet. Finally, you can choose whether you want to encourage search engines to index your website or not. Though that is just a suggestion and is up to search engines to honor that request.

Discussion Settings
The Discussion settings page contains settings related to commenting and communication in your articles as well as control over the commenters avatars.

There are commenting options which allow you to disable comments as well as set the defaults for notifying other blogs that have been linked from your articles.

Other comment settings include setting the layout of your comments and how the comments get moderated. Finally there are options to set your avatar default and to restrict showing inappropriate users avatars.

Media Settings
The Media settings page contains settings relating to how your images are sized and uploaded to your server.

Because your images get resized for display on multiple screen sizes, you want your images to fit the layouts of your theme. This page lets you set the size of your thumbnail, medium and large sized versions of your images.

There is also an option to choose to organize your uploads into month and year based folders so that if your media has the same name, you will be less likely to end up with image names like image-1.jpg, image-2.jpg as they will be separated.

Permalinks Settings
The Permalinks settings page allows your to set how you want your pages URL structure to be displayed.

Setting good permalinks helps with usability and is important for SEO. Your users will be able to navigate your site much easier by using

than using the less usable way of

No one knows what is located at ?p=123 whereas they would have a better idea with /glossary/settings/

When you add new plugins, you will often find that they add their settings options in the settings page. If you have added a plugin and are looking where you configure your plugin, the settings section might be a good place to look.

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