You have logged in to WordPress and see all the menu items along the left hand side of the screen and think, Wordpress is installed what is next? This post will answer that question, I will head down to the settings on the page and show you what changes to make and why.
Site Title, This is what you want to call your website, it will been seen in the header of the webpage and will form part of the information that is shown on most search engines.
Tag Line, a brief explanation about what your website is about, the default is tag line “Just another WordPress site” which should be changed as soon as you can. Both the Site Title and the Tag Line are what your visitors see in the header at the top of your page, take time to make sure they describe your site well.
WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL), is the URL of your website, in most cases your normal web address will be suffice.
E-mail Address, this is where your email address is added for the administration of the website, any notification from your WordPress site will be sent to this email address.
Membership, un-check this box as it will stop people subscribing to your site that have no reason to subscribe.
New User Default Role, as the membership box is unchecked then this drop down menu is irrelevant. One of the choices on the drop down menu is administrator, say for instance that the menu was on administrator and the membership box was checked then any one could quite easily take over your site. For security reasons un-check the membership and leave this as subscribe.
Time Zone, You can either search for your city or select the distance in time you are away from the Greenwich Mean Time.
The Date Format, Time Format and the Start of the week can be selected on your preference on how you want the date and time displayed on each post. Keep in mind that your blog may be read by a worldwide audience so make the time easily read by others that don’t share the same formatting as your country.
Formatting, I normally leave the, convert emoticons settings and wordpress correcting the invalidly nested XHTML, as the defaults, I can remember the last time I actually put an emoticon in one of my posts, or even though about it.
Default Post Category, Categories are used to group like posts together, so if would change this setting to the most used category, remember that you can change this at any time should your most popular topic change.
Default Post Format, I always leave this as standard, but if you need to change on one particular post there’s an option in the actual post page to make the change.
Press This, if you drag that icon into your browser’s bookmarks, when you find a story that you want to write an article about then you can click on the bookmark to add the story to the blog.
Posts via email, this should be left as it is, as it can be a security issue for the blog.
Update Services, Once you have published a post then the services that are in this section will be sent a link to your new post, this will help with getting your website out there. Copy and paste the links below in to this section.
These settings change the way your visitors see your blog, the first option “front page displays” you can either pick your homepage to either be a list of your recent posts or a static page that your have created, if you choose a static page then you will need to pick from the drop down menu which one you want to use.
If you choose the static page as your homepage then you will need to display your blog posts in a separate page. A more detailed instruction can be read here, WordPress, how to add a blog menu item.
The following settings Blog pages show at most, Syndication feeds show the most recent, For each article in a feed and Search Engine Visibility can all be left as the default.
This is only half of the basic setting discussed and another article will explain the remainder of the settings.
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