The Settings page contains the major configurations and settings of your site. In my day to day experience with WordPress, the most common settings page I am always checking or editing is the General, Reading and the Permalinks settings page. I will try to explain each settings page for you.
To access your settings section, log in first to your admin page. Then go to the Settings page by clicking the “Settings” menu item at the left side of the admin page. You will get redirected to the settings page which is the General settings.
This page contains all your website information like the site title, tagline, website’s email address, URLs, membership settings, timezone, date and time format.
For the URLs, I suggest ignoring these fields, unless you have a reason for changing this. This setting controls your main URL. If changed, it might open some issues in your plugins and themes.
This setting controls how you write a blog post.
Default Post Category – Whenever you create a new blog post, you can set the default category, the default is Uncategorized.
Default Post Format – When WordPress “Gutenberg” version was released, the way you write a blog post really changed because of the “Gutenberg” content builder. Now, we do not need to set the format of the blog post, because we can just select a content block and change its content.
Post via email – WordPress offers a feature where you can send a new post via email. To be honest, I am not using this feature. How can we use the content builder of WordPress or other plugin’s features if we are going to create a blog post in an external text editor? Also you need to edit or proofread the blog post on your website. For me, it is just a waste of time.
This setting controls how many blog post in your archive page, it also controls how many syndication feeds will show in your RSS feeds.
When you create a new page(e.g. Home and Blog page), new settings will appear on this page. You can set the homepage and blog posts page. Most of the time you will a have a custom Home page for your website, just choose the page you want in the select box.
Search Engine Visibility – This setting controls your appearance in search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Do you want your website to be searchable? Or not? It is up to you.
This setting is dedicated for your blog post comments. You can control how many comments do you want to show in your single post page, moderate comments, blacklist some comments, and control the user’s avatar.
This page controls your media settings. Basically, whenever you upload a new image, WordPress automatically creates different sizes of that image. For example, you upload an image with 1300×1400 dimensions, WordPress will create a 150×150 dimension for a thumbnail size, 300×300 dimensions for medium size and a 1024×1024 dimensions for large size image.
Just A Quick Note: Plugins or themes can add new media sizes, so they can use customized image sizes for their application needs.
Have you encountered a website with a messy URL address like this http://website-name.com/index.php?text=1264347/? It’s not good looking, right? Search engines started to use the URL address as a ranking factor, so a proper and clean URL can help your website rank in search engines. This setting is responsible for helping you create clean URLs.
Just A Quick Tip: Before you start building your website, set your permalinks to “Post name” so you will have clean URLs.