Once your WordPress website is installed, you’ll be eager to start creating great content for your readers, but before you start, there are some important tasks to complete. The first of these is to configure your WordPress settings.
In the Settings are all of the settings that define your blog as a whole: settings which determine how your site behaves, how you interact with your site, and how the rest of the world interacts with your site.
Many WordPress plugins also add their settings page as a menu under the Settings tab.
1.WordPress General Settings
The General Settings controls some of the most basic configuration settings for your site: your site’s title and location, who may register an account at your site, and how dates and times are calculated and displayed.
Be careful when changing Site address because any mistake will (temporarily) kill your site.
If you find that your Membership option is checked (Anyone can register) , you need to uncheck it in order to control who can register on your site. Leaving this option checked allows anyone to register on your site and opens the opportunities for spammers to take advantage and register on your site.
Choose a time zone, date & time format, and the day your week starts on . Although this might sound trivial at the moment, note that everything that WordPress does (and that includes new plugins and themes) will use these time settings. If your email date stamps don’t add up, your new calendar plugin seems broken, or your scheduled posts don’t seem to be working, go back to these options and correct them.
2.WordPress Writing Settings
Using the Writing Screen, you can control the interface with which you write new posts.
Did you know that you can submit a post to your WordPress site via email and immediately publish it to your readers? To make it work, you will have to set up a secret email account and enable POP3 access. Add your Mail Server, Login name & password, and choose the category for that post.
Adding a WordPress ping list to your WordPress site allows you to have automatic notifications to all the ping services when new content is published on your website.
WordPress Reading Settings – Set up your Homepage
The settings in the Settings Reading Screen are few in number, but very important. If your theme has a homepage , you should set it up like a static page in order to have access to the widgets in Appearance >> Customise.
You should also select a corresponding blog page . Before you can complete the change to ‘Static Page’, you will need to create two pages, one called ‘Home’ and one called ‘Posts’ or ‘Blog’.
Displaying more than ten posts might seem enjoyable but take into consideration that having too many posts on a page can slow down your site. Is always recommended to show excerpts instead of entire articles .
The last section is for search engine visibility. If you’d like search engines to ignore your site, click the checkbox next to Discourage search engines from indexing this site. This might be a helpful setting if you’re currently developing your site and you’re not ready for it to be indexed by search engines.
WordPress Discussion Settings – Reduce Spam
Letting other websites know you have linked to them in a post or page not only shows good courtesy but can also be a useful way to encourage them to link to you, which could improve your SEO. Similarly, it can be helpful to you to know whether your posts have been linked to on other sites.
Allowing people to posts comments is also useful for SEO and in building relationships with your visitors. If there is a particular page or post you don’t want comments on, you can turn them off for that post or page.
But it is also a great disadvantage, spammers will be able to post comments on your site. To stop the spammers and any other unwanted comments, without getting rid of the genuine discussion, check the manually approved comments box. You don’t need to do anything in the blacklist boxes below because you will be able to remove inappropriate content before it goes live.
WordPress Media Settings
You shouldn’t need to change the default Media Settings options as these will be configured to fit with your theme. Do be aware, that when you upload an image to WordPress, it creates multiple copies of different sizes: thumbnail, medium and large as well as keeping the original.
WordPress Permalinks – Improve SEO
WordPress Permalinks are the settings that control how your website URLs appears when you publish pages and posts. Setting permalinks is essential before you start publishing content on your site.
For SEO purposes, it is advisable to use “Pretty” Permalinks like ‘Post Name’ option. URLs are frequently visible to the people who click them, and should therefore be crafted in such a way that they make sense, and not be filled with incomprehensible parameters.
Permalinks structure should not be changed in future since it may render all the content published before the change to 404 pages. This is not only frustrating to your visitors but will have a serious negative impact on your site rankings.
Follow these guidelines to configure your WordPress Settings and your site will be optimised and less prone to spammers . If you need a complete tour of the wordpress, read the article The Complete WordPress Tour For Beginners .
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