WordPress General Settings

The Settings > General Settings is where I start when I am creating a new WordPress website.

I suggest you start there as well since the choices you make here, along with the other sections of the Settings Administration Section will be the foundation of your website.

I will start from the top and go down the settings explaining what they are and providing my recommendations.

Site Title

Enter the name you want for your website here.

It will appear in the header (if you want it to) as well as in the browser title bar.

It is also what the syndication feeds will use when referring to your website.

Tagline

This is a short description of your website. It can be a slogan, short phrase or sentence.

It should convey the essence of what your site is about and give your visitors an immediate idea of what they can expect to experience.

WordPress Address (URL)

This is the full URL of the directory containing your core WordPress files.

Most of the time, it will be the web root, meaning the URL will look like http://yourwebsite.com.

Site Address (URL)

This is the URL you want people to use to find your website.

It is also the directory where the main index.php file is installed. It will normally be the same as the WordPress Address.

Email Address

This is the email address to which you want WordPress to send messages regarding the administration and maintenance of your website.

The email you enter here will never be displayed on the website unless you purposely add it to the content.

Membership

If you check this box, anyone will be able to register for an account on your website. I recommend leaving this box unchecked until you are ready to deal with the administrative aspects of having members.

New User Default Role

The choice you make here will determine the role assigned to any new registered members or users of your website.

I recommend choosing Subscriber since that will allow them the least amount of control over your site.

If you want to create users that are Administrators, Editors, Authors, or Contributors, you can still do that if you choose Subscriber here.

Timezone

This will be used to timestamp your pages and blog posts as well as any changes you make throughout the website in the Revisions section.

Choose a city in the same timezone as where you are located.

Date Format

This will be used to display the dates on your website but does not control how the date is displayed in the Administrative Screens.

This is completely a personal preference, so choose whichever format you like the most or you think would be preferred by your visitors.

Time Format

This will be used to display the time on your website but does not control how the time is displayed in the Administrative Screens.

This is completely a personal preference, so choose whichever format you like the most or you think would be preferred by your visitors.

Week Starts On

This is used on any calendars on the website.

Monday is the default setting but you can change it to any day of the week.

Site Language

This is used as the Dashboard language, so choose whichever language you are most comfortable using.

Save Changes

The most important part of the page. Make sure you save your changes!

Once you click the button, a confirmation text box will appear at the top of the page telling you that your settings have been saved.

Now, you’re ready to move on to Settings > Writing.

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