WordPress – Writing Settings
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In this video I’m going to go over the Writing Settings. This isn’t necessarily for writing, but more the overall context of your website. Click on Settings.
Click on Writing.
The first setting is for Formatting. The top setting allows you to turn emoticons to graphics. The default setting is checked so the graphics will be turned on. If you don’t want them to be graphics, you can uncheck this box.
For the next box, ‘WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically’. I suggest leaving this unchecked. There’s a very little chance you will need this. It was used more back in the early WordPress days.
The Default Post Category dropdown is a great way to get rid of the Uncategorized category. I’ll go over more detail about categories in the Categories video under the WordPress Posts & Pages Tutorials. For now, take note of this setting to change after you’ve started creating different categories for your posts.
For the Default Post Format, I suggest leaving as the default setting. Standard. Some of the options on this menu don’t work with all themes so it’s best to leave it as is. And if needed you can change this setting on a single post which I’ll show you how to do that in the Creating A New Blog Post video under the WordPress Posts & Pages Tutorials.
Default Link Category is where you can set the default category for any links you’d like to add to your website. These links aren’t the ones that you’d place in your posts. These are links that a widget would display on your sidebar or in the footer. This could be handy if you’re running a site that is blog based and you want to add links to any affiliate marketing websites or helpful websites that go in conjunction with your website. Otherwise you won’t need to do anything with this setting.
Post via e-mail is used If you don’t’ have ability to log into the website. This setting allows you to set it up where you can email your posts and the system will post it to the website. This feature is not used often. It requires setting up an email server and creating a username and password. Then you select the default category for all the posts you submitted. I don’t believe you will need this feature, but if you do, you can find more information on WordPress.org
Here you will need to uncheck the Search Engine Visibility. This box allows you to let search engines know that you exist and if you’ve updated your blog. If you’re developing your website, you might want to check this box so that it’s not telling search engines about your website. Then once you are ready to go live, go ahead and uncheck it.
Now back to the Writing tab. If you left the box unchecked, you should see one website listed: The Pingomatic website. This is currently the only website being notified of your changes. If you’d like to get the word out to the internet faster, click on the Update Services link.
It will take you to WordPress dot org website where you can copy and paste a longer list of websites. Scroll down the page close to the bottom where it says XML-RPC Ping Services.
Highlight all the websites in that box.
Right click and select copy or click Control + A keys.
Now go back to the Writing tab.
Click in the box under Update Services. Delete what’s is currently in the box.
Then right click and paste what you just copied (or click Control + V keys).
Click Save changes. Now WordPress will notify all of these sites of your new posts.
That’s it for this video. We’ll see you in the next one.
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