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A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding WordPress’ Settings Actions

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No doubt, making edits to a WordPress website is relatively easy compared to websites running on other CMS platform. However, for beginners, just the mere thought of making changes to their website settings gives them hives. However, using “WordPress Settings” it becomes easy to manage your website settings actions.

You can access the WordPress settings screen, by logging in to your WordPress site admin panel dashboard. Let us now look at the “Settings” administration screen of a WordPress site:

As you can see, the settings screen offers several options for customizing your website like Writing, Reading, and so on. This post is meant to help you learn about the options available in the WordPress Settings administration screen.

General Settings

This is the default screen that lets you control a few basic configuration settings for your WordPress website. Let’s view those configuration settings.

Set Title. Here, you need to enter your site or blog name. The value of this field is displayed as your site’s (or blog) title at the top of a web page.

Tagline. In this field, you’re required to enter any “short phrases” or “slogan” that helps to convey what your website is all about.

WordPress Address (URL). This is where, you need to enter the directory URL that includes your WordPress core files, namely: wp-admin, wp-content.php, and a few others. For example, just consider you’ve installed WordPress within a directory with ‘blog’ as its name. If that’s the case, then the WordPress URL will appear as:

//consider mywebsitedomain.net as the domain name of your site


Now, in case you want to install WordPress site into the root directory, then its URL will be same as that of root URL i.e. http://mywebsitedomain.net.

Site Address (URL). This is the address that users will enter in their browser to access your site.

Membership Settings. It comes with options that allow a user to become a registered member of your site. “Membership settings” is an important feature for a membership site.

Timezone. This field let you set the time zone from a dropdown list.

Date Format. Just as the name implies, this field allows you to change the date related settings from any one of the below-mentioned formats:

  • April 17, 2015

  • 2015/04/17

  • 17/04/2015

Time Format. This is another time-related setting that let you select the time to be displayed throughout your site, in any one format from the one given below:

  • 12:58pm

  • 12:58PM

  • 12:58

Week Starts On. The last one is Week Starts On settings. It allows you to choose a start date to be displayed on your website calendar.

After making the aforementioned changes, make sure to click the “Save Changes” button.

Writing Settings

Next is the Writing Settings page containing settings, you need to apply to make changes to the already published content or you want to publish on your website. When you open this page, you’ll first notice Formatting option that allows formatting your website blogs. Next is the “Default Post Category” and “Default Post Format” options, enabling you to assign a category to your blog posts and choose a Post format for your theme respectively.

Press This” section, is an app that helps in capturing things available over the web. Furthermore, the “Post via email” settings helps in sending emails containing post content to your website. Lastly, the Update services section let you apply changes – that lets other people know that your blog has been updated.

Reading Settings

Although this section contains only a few settings, they are important and affects how content is displayed on your website. You can choose the things you want to showcase on your website front/post page – it can be your static “page” or latest “posts”. The subsequent section helps to control how the content in RSS feeds is displayed. And the last section is for search engine visibility of your website/blog.

Discussion Settings

This settings page helps in improving your user’s interaction on your website pages/posts, by providing options to manage comments and control the links. The settings options available within the sections of the “Discussion Settings” page lets you deal with post comments, ping backs, trackbacks, etc.

Media Settings

This is a very important page that allows changing the settings for media elements (like images, videos, etc.) inserted into your post. This page contains an “Uploading files” option, allowing to organize media uploads in the form of month and year-based folders.

Permalink Settings

The last one is the Permalinks Settings page that lets you select a default permalink structure for your site. You can either choose some already existing permalinks or create custom ones to boost usability and aesthetics of your site URLs.

For instance, you can set the permalink structure of your web page to something that helps users identify what your web page is about (e.g. a page named “Products” can have permalink such as “http://www.mysite.net/products/”). This will help in making your website’s URL easy to read for the visitors. Let us have a quick glance at some of the common settings available in the Permalink Settings page:

  • Default

  • Day and Name

  • Month and Name

  • Numeric

  • Post name

  • Custom structure


If you’re a novice developer, then before starting working with the WordPress CMS, it is very important for you to learn about the WordPress settings administration screen and its various options. Once you’ve become familiar with the settings administration screen, you’ll be able to customize your WordPress site/blog in a hassle-free manner.

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