Understanding WordPress Settings and How They Work
WordPress is a powerful and most popular CMS platform around that’s suitable for almost any kind of website. WordPress means having a website that’s aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly. The platform allows you to unleash its full potential to make it more advance, flexible, and professional-grade. Given to this fact, WordPress developers now look for new creative ways to make their themes and plug ins stand out with the help of WordPress “Settings”. The settings page might seem boring to a lot of people, but this can make a big difference in saving your precious time and efforts. Once, you have your WP installed, you can go through them and make your website flexible.
In this post, I am going to talk about some common WordPress settings (Tutorial) and how they can be modified to suit your needs. The concept is simple to understand, so go ahead and read it thoroughly.
1. WordPress Settings: General
The general settings is used to configure your blog title, tag line, WordPress URL, time settings and some other basic things. It is a default screen in the Settings Administration Area.
Each setting has its own relative importance in the settings page. The WordPress Address (URL) is the location of your all the core files. The Site Address (URL) is the address where you want your homepage to be displayed. Usually, both of these URLs are same, but they can be different in the cases where all of your WordPress files are located in the subdirectory.
Once you are done installing WordPress, you are provided with the option to select the language for your dashboard. However, the language can be changed with the help of ‘Site Language’ drop down that is located at the bottom of the same page.
2. WordPress Settings: Reading
This is a setting that allows you to configure how your blogs or posts should look and work. For this, simply click on the Reading sub link, and then you can start modifying how your visitors should see and read your content.
Often novice WordPress users overlook this setting, but putting some efforts and performing some tweaks can surely revamp the user experience and even increases blog traffic. Using this setting, you can easily configure whether your page should display static page or just blog posts. How many blogs you’d like to display by default along with syndication/RSS options. The search engine setting allows you whether you want to show up your site in search results or not.
3. WordPress Settings : Writing
The “Writing Screen” is related with the creation of new post and links, post that to be displayed quickly and more. Just click on the setting, and you’ll see that all the options are only about writing and publishing the content on your website.
The top section of the page keeps a control on the editor within the dashboard, while the rest of the sections keep a track on other publishing methods. The first section gives you options relating to the formatting of default categories and post. Also, the next section is Press This Bookmarklet that gives you some instructions on the Writing Settings Screen. The main idea is to allow the author to easily grab text, images, and videos from other websites and integrate them in your content. Not only this, you can also add some addition content depending upon your needs.
There is also a setting called Post Via Email that allows you to send emails to send an email to your site. However, there are certain limitations on using this setting. First, you need to set up an email account using the POP3 access. Secondly, there are only plain text which you can use and no special characters.
4. WordPress Settings: Media
The media settings are relating to how you upload images and other media content on your website. It features various settings that allow you control the overall media content of your website. The first option is for image size. Every time you upload an image, WordPress asks you to define the size of the image by providing you four options. They are thumbnail, medium, and large size. You can choose any option as per your needs. You can choose the thumbnail size if you want to show up it on the blog page. For medium and large sized images, a max width and height can be defined. This is a nice way if you don’t want an image exceed its max height or width.
To Wrap Up
Playing around WordPress settings is a sensible way to enhance the flexibility of your website. They make things nice, easy, and manageable for you. Give some thought to them and see what they can do for you.