Using the WordPress General Settings, Writing Settings, & the Reading Settings

The General settings include the Site Title, Tagline, WordPress Address (URL), Site Address (URL), email address (for the administrator), membership option, new user default role, timezone, date format, time format, starting day of the week, and the default site language.

Using the General Settings

In order to set the General Settings:

Log into the WordPress Administrator
Click on Settings
Click on General
Click on SAVE at the bottom of the page in order to save your changes.

Site Title – This is your website title; it can also be changed in the Customize tab.

Tagline – This is often a company motto or short description of the website

WordPress Address URL and Site Address (URL) – these settings are used to specify when the WordPress core files are installed in a different directory than the intended URL for the website. For example, if you want your WordPress core files in the URL, but you want people to access your site using “, then you would set your WordPress URL to, and the Site URL to See for more details.

Email address – this is the address used for notifying the WordPress Administrator

Membership – allows you to set the website so that anyone can register as a new user instead of just the Administrator

New User Default role – default role that new users are set to

Time zone – pick the time zone that you wish to use for the times in your WordPress site

Date format – allows you to select the date that you prefer

Time format – allows you to select how you wish your times to appear

Week Starts on – you can decide what day of the week that your week starts with

Site language – the default language used by your WordPress site

The Writing settings within WordPress focus primarily upon the default format for any new post and also have settings for being able to post via email. The final setting is called Update Services and is used to specify services that would be notified when new content is posted.

In order to set the Writing Settings:

Login to the WordPress Administrator
Click on Settings
Click on Writing
Click on SAVE at the bottom of the page in order to save your changes.

Default Post Category – by default, it is set to uncategorized. Choices for this option will depend on the categories you have created in your WordPress site

Default Post format – WordPress has ten different post formats to select. They include: standard, aside, chat, gallery, link, image, quote, status, video, and audio. Select the default format for any post that is created

Post via email – WordPress uses POP3 access to allow you to post via email. This allows you to be in a remote location, then create a new post by simply sending an email. This is based on an existing mail account with your hosting service. You will need to provide the Mail server, login name for the email account, and the email account password. The Default mail category allows you organize how the messages will be saved in your email account.

Update Services – update services are used to keep you or your viewers notified of updates made to your WordPress site. You can list more than one update services as long as they are separated by line breaks. The default service is You can find more information about update services here:

The Reading Settings include what is displayed on the front page, the number of posts displayed in a blog page, the number of recent items displayed in RSS, how each article displays in the RSS feed, and Search Engine Visibility.

Login to the WordPress Administrator
Click on Settings
Click on reading
Click on SAVE at the bottom of the page in order to save your changes.

Front page displays – depending on the needs of your website, you may want to display your latest posts, or a simple static page that often consists of an image. This option allows you to select the static page (in Front page), or from a specific posts page (Posts page).

Blog pages show at most – allows you to set the number of posts visible per page. This value is defaulted to 10 posts.

Syndication feeds show the most recent – allows you to set the number of most recent items for an RSS feed. By default it is set to 10 items.

For each article in a feed, show – allows you to set how each article will appear in RSS. They can be shown as either a text summary, or shown in full.

Search engine visibility – this checkbox allows you suggest that Search engines not index you site. They can choose to ignore or honor the request.

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