21 Days to a WordPress Blog: Day 18: WordPress Settings

Whether you need a simple site for your business, want to start a blog or just want to try building a WordPress website, you’ll learn all the basics in these daily lessons. In three weeks—and about 30 minutes a day—you’ll build your first WordPress blog.

The Settings section of WordPress typically should only be modified by advanced users—it’s possible to take down your site by changing some of these settings, so please be aware of what you’re doing before you make any changes. 

For now, let’s take a look at the General Settings (we’ll cover Reading and Writing Settings tomorrow). As seen below you can change the Site Title, Tagline, modify your site’s URL (which done improperly will likely take down your site), and more. Checking the ability for anyone to register for your site lets people create their own user accounts. This may be helpful if you’re collecting email addresses for newsletters or want to create a site that requires membership. Otherwise I suggest you leave this unmodified. 

The Discussions, Privacy and Media settings are pretty self-explanatory. In Discussions, you control settings regarding comments, pingbacks and trackbacks. In Privacy, you control the visibility of your blog to search engines. In Media, you can set the maximum size of images in your blog and the location for uploads. 

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Tomorrow: Reading and writing settings

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