WordPress settings

Welcome to the world of WordPress settings!

A lot of new WordPress users find the settings system a little daunting at first. Because of that, we want to give you a short introduction to the features that will compliment this theme. There are other configuration options but these are the most commonly used ones.

The headers below represent a settings page in the admin section.

Settings > General

These are the general settings. Descriptive, isn’t it?

  • The “Site Title” is used in the page title and in the header if you don’t have an image set up (covered below). Keep it short and sweet. 
  • The “Tagline” is used in the header if turned on in the WP Writer’s Block settings. This is also used in the home page title tag (SEO stuff) if you’re not using a plugin to change that.
  • The “Email Address” is the system email used for comment notification among other things. Make sure this is an address that you check regularly.
  • The “Timezone” is just that, the default time zone used for the date and time shown on the site for published posts.
  • The “Date Format” and “Time Format” are also used to display the date and time of post publishing.

Settings > Writing

The settings here aren’t really necessary to change in order to post content.

  • We like to turn off the “Convert emoticons” setting since that’s a little goofy but it’s up to you.
  • The “Default Post Category” is set to “Uncategorized” when you first install WordPress. You can rename this category to something else or create a new category and set that as the default.

Settings > Reading

These settings are used by WordPress to determine how to display your content in some areas of the site. Some settings here are over-ridden by the theme settings.

  • “Front page displays” is used to change how your site displays certain content. It also controls the homepage display in some cases. How the homepage is handled is documented separately here.
  • The “Blog pages show at most” determines how many posts are shown when posts are listed. This can affect the homepage, depending on how it’s set up, and will affect all archive pages.
  • The “Syndication feeds show the most recent” and “For each article in a feed, show” settings both control the RSS feed display, if you’re using one.
  • We recommend always leaving “Search Engine Visibility” setting unchecked since turning it on can affect your site’s SEO in the long run, even if it’s only temporarily.

Settings > Discussion

These settings affect how your site handles comments. We’ve got some good information on these settings and WordPress comments in general here.

Settings > Media

The settings here mostly pertain to the image sizes used on your site. It’s a good idea to set these in the beginning as it will change how WordPress trims and saves images for you when you add them to posts. You can change these later, of course, but you’ll need to regenerate your thumbnails using a plugin.

  • “Thumbnail size” is used on images where posts are listed (how to add these is covered later). The default size, 150 wide by 150 tall, is a good place to start. To keep a consistent size, select “Crop thumbnail to exact dimensions.” Otherwise, the image will just make sure that it’s within those boundaries, rather than perfectly square.
  • “Medium” size is what’s used automatically with featured images on Status formatted posts.
  • “Medium size” and “Large size” can be used when images are inserted into a post or page. The default Medium size should be fine, the Large doesn’t need to be any bigger than 800px.

Settings > Permalinks

 The recommended setting here is “Post name.”

Appearance > Header

This is where your header image can be uploaded to the site. The uploader will take any size image and display it in the header so make sure that you’re uploading an image that fits the layout you’re using (chosen on the next page).

  1. Go to Appearance > Header 
  2. If the image is correct but not the correct size or crop, follow the steps here to edit the image, return to the Header admin page…

Next: WP Writer’s Block theme settings >