WordPress “Settings” available in admin panel is one of the least looked and most searched option by webmasters. Starting from setting a static front page to hiding entire site from search engines, it is common among users to search in Google rather than take some time to look into the “Settings” panel where most of things are readymade available. In this article we explore various WordPress settings possible under “Settings” panel.
General settings allow you to set the WordPress login URL and site’s home page URL. Entering incorrect URLs will result in not able to login to your WordPress dashboard or 404 page not found error when accessing your site. Membership option allows you to add “Register” link in your login URL so that anyone can register for your site. Read our article on how to stop new user registration emails in WordPress.
The timezone and date format set here will be used for all display are schedule activities on your site.
Reading settings allows you to choose the font page for your site which can be either a static front page or your blog posts. You can also set maximum number of posts to be displayed in each blog page and control the display of your blog feed.
Setting the option “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” will request search engines not to index the site.
Here are the settings to control the comments at site level and some of these options can be overwritten based on your post level settings. For example, you can completely disable comments here and then activate only for a particular blog post in post editor.
Following are some of the settings you can do under discussion settings:
Media settings offer two options:
- Select the size of thumbnails
WordPress will generate three set of thumbnails based on the settings here. If you use one of the default WordPress theme like Twenty Fourteen then you can customize the size of thumbnails here. If you use any other theme then these thumbnails will simply increase your file count and hence you can make the dimensions to 0 to deactivate. Learn more about reducing number of thumbnails in WordPress.
- Organizing media files in month and year based folders
This is a very good option so that files uploaded over the period of time can easily be classified. When this option is activated, a media file uploaded on December 2014 will have the following URL:
Check out our article on how to change the media upload directory.
This is one of the most used and important settings in WordPress. Permalinks are shot form for permanent links and help to change the numeric URL to a descriptive one so that users and search engines can understand your site content better. The first step after installing WordPress is to choose an appropriate permalinks structure needed for your site.
You can also select category and tag base for your WordPress blog under permalinks settings. Check out our dedicated articles on WordPress permalinks settings and resolution to various permalinks issues.
Here is the summary of what you can do with each settings panel in WordPress: