- To adjust your WordPress website settings, locate the Settings menu on the sidebar as shown on the above image.
Start with General Settings
- Pay attention to the following:
- If you don’t have a logo, make sure you have a Site Title. This will appear at the top of the site in its absence. This is also the name you’ll see in the top-left corner of your WordPress admin.
- Make sure the WordPress and Site Addresses match each other as well as the domain name you purchased. If either of these is incorrect, it can cause errors.
Note: Until you’ve begun writing and categorizing your blog posts, you can skip Writing Settings.
Move onto Reading Settings next
- Once you’ve created the content for your site, return to these settings and update “Your homepage displays” (there are instructions on that below). Otherwise, the default setting is to make your blog feed the home page.
- For now, focus on the last two settings.
- “For each post in a feed, include” should be set to “Summary”. This is useful not only for visitors who want to quickly scroll through the blog topics in your feed but also for speeding up the loading time of the page.
- Before you save your changes and move on, make sure that “Search Engine Visibility” remains unchecked. You definitely want Google and other search engines to find your website and index it.
If you plan on blogging, your next stop is Discussion Settings
- You can customize most of this page however you see fit. If you want blog readers to be able to comment on your content, configure the settings accordingly.
- That said, there is one setting you should fix here for security purposes.
- Under “Default post settings”, uncheck “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new posts”.
- In a nutshell, pingbacks and trackbacks are notifications that show up in your comment moderation feed whenever someone links to your blog.
- There’s no real value to see pingbacks or trackbacks. Plus, they’re a known security risk, so it’s best to turn them off and keep hackers and spammers from accessing your site that way.
If you ever decide you want to adjust WordPress’s default image size, you can do that in Media Settings. It’s probably not worth doing right now though.
Next, move onto Permalink Settings
- The permalink is the structure of your web page addresses. WordPress gives you a number of options to choose from:
- By default, “Post Name” is the way your links will be structured — and it’s a good choice. It keeps your URLs simply structured and easy to return visitors to recall.
- But it’s up to you. If it makes sense to structure your blog posts by the date of publication, you may want to enable one of those options. However, that’s more than likely to overcomplicate things.
Privacy Settings was only recently added to WordPress Settings
- In light of GDPR and the far-reaching effect it had on WordPress websites around the world, privacy has become an important component of the website development process.
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