The Settings > Writing page helps you control which options are available to you when writing new posts.
It also gives you control over the features available with adding and editing posts and pages.
Remote Publishing, Post via Email and Updates Services is included on this screen as well.
I will go from top to bottom explaining the settings and giving you my recommendations.
The first checkbox, if checked, will convert all emoticons into graphics.
The second checkbox, if checked, will correct any Extensible HyperText Markup Language (XHTML) code (the code that is used to create the website) automatically.
I recommend leaving it unchecked until you are ready to add code to your pages or posts.
Default Post Category
This is the category that will be assigned to any new post automatically.
It is also the category that will be assigned if you delete a category that has published posts assigned to it.
I recommend changing the name of the default ‘Uncategorized’ category to ‘General’ so that it looks more professional.
If you would like to do this now, here are the instructions.
► Click on Posts > Categories
► Hover over the word ‘Uncategorized’ until menu options appear underneath it.
► Click on Edit
► Highlight the word, ‘Uncategorized’ in the Name box and type ‘General’
► Highlight the word, ‘Uncategorized’ in the Slug box and type ‘general’
► Click on the Update button.
You will see a confirmation at the top of the screen saying ‘Category updated.’ along with a link to go Back to Categories.
► Click on Settings > Writings
You will see that the Default Post Category now says, ‘General’
Default Post Format
This is the format that will be assigned to any new posts automatically.
I recommend leaving it as Standard since that is the most flexible format and is supported by all themes.
Post via Email
This is an option to have any emails sent to a specific email address automatically published on your website as blog posts.
Since this could be a risky proposition if someone happened to send emails to this address, I recommend leaving this blank until you are ready to take the time to safely set it up.
This is where you list any updates services you wish to be notified when you publish a new blog post.
When entering them, separate each URL with line breaks.
WordPress automatically includes http://rpc.pingomatic.com for you but you can add any or all of the following to increase awareness of your blog:
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 go to Settings > Reading.