WordPress – General Settings

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In this video I’m going to go through the General settings.

Click on Settings.

Then click on General.

At the top you can set the Site Title and Tagline.  These are usually set during the installation, but can be changed at any time here.

For the Site Title I usually put the Company name.  Or the name of the blog.

The tagline is optional.  I usually leave this blank.

Depending on the theme you are using, the title and tagline could show up in the header area of your website.

With the theme we currently have enabled, you can see it in the header area.

Here you can see that it appears on the theme we’re using.

Next up is the WordPress Address and the Site Address.  During the WordPress installation, it will add the proper settings here.  The majority of the time, these are going to be the same.  Unless you installed WordPress in a different folder other than the root of your domain name.  If that’s the case, you will see your domain forward slash then the folder.  I don’t recommend ever touching these settings as it could break your website.

The email address should be the Administrators email address.  This was also set during the installation process.  Make sure this is set to an email that the administrator can access.  If you ever need to reset your admin password, this is the email it will go to.  If you don’t have access to that email, you will have to know how to log into the database and change the email there.  Only advanced users should do this.  So I recommend to have it set to an email you can always get to.  This email will also receive notifications about automatic updates, registrations of a new user, a new comment or comment moderation, and more.  If you have employees, I suggest creating them their own accounts and granting them editor permissions, that way the owner always has full control.  I’ll explain how to set up new users in the WordPress tutorials under Dashboard, and Create New Users.

The Next two options are Membership and New User Default Role.  The Membership option is where you can automatically allow any user to register by checking the Anyone can register box.  This means anyone can create a user on your site.  Below it is the New User Default Role.  You can also choose the default role each of these users will be granted with once they register.   If you do check this box, which I do not recommend, please make sure you keep the role set to Subscriber.  If you set this to Administrator, it would be very dangerous to do so.  You might as well give your password to the hackers if you do this.  If you do decide to allow this, beware you will have a lot of spam bots creating accounts and could end up with hundreds of spam accounts.  Knowing all of that, I highly recommend leaving this unchecked.  You would be much better off creating any additional accounts manually or you manually approve users.  The only way I would recommend this setting is if you have your website located on an internal network for a company where you can limit who has access to it.

The default time zone is set to England time.  I recommend changing this to your time zone.  This is important if you schedule posts so that they post at your time zones time instead of England’s.

For the date format the majority of you will want to keep the top one selected, but some of you might want to change this.

Same goes for the Time format.  I leave this as the default.

Week Starts On, I also leave this at the default.  But if your business is different, you can change it to another day of the week.

For the Site Language, English is set as the default.  If that is not the default language for your target market, you can change the language choosing the appropriate language here.  If you choose a language that isn’t installed, it will install it and it will change the front end and back end to the chosen language.  Keep in mind, some themes will not support different languages.  After you change the language, check to see if there are any updates for the theme.  You can always switch the language back to English, as long as you can read the new language or know where to find this setting again.

When you’re done, click on the Save Changes button.

That’s it for this video.  I’ll see you in the next one.

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