The Settings menu on your WordPress dashboard is where you can the bulk of the configuration settings for you WordPress website. It contains switches, instructions and useful information that your website can use whenever there is user interaction such posting articles, posting comments, new user registration, etc. In this tutorial the various sections of these settings will be discussed.
WordPress General Setting
This setting contains the most basic configuration for your website. The fields in the Generalsetting screen are discussed below.
You can enter the name of your site website here. In most themes, the title you entered will be seen on the header section of your website. WordPress uses this information as the identifying name for your Syndication feeds.
This is an optional field where you can enter your sites’s description. A tagline is short phrase, or sentence, used to give the gist of what your website is all about.
WordPress Address (URL)
This field is where you enter the full URL of the target directory where you installed WordPress (should contain: wp-config.php, wp-admin, wp-content, and wp-includes). If you installed WordPress into a directory called “support”, then the WordPress address would be http://htmlpress.net/support (substitute htmlpress.net is your domain). If you installed WordPress into your web root, this address will be the root URL http://htmlpress.net.
Site Address (URL)
Enter the address you want users to type in their browser. Once they type the URL specified here, the browser will load your WordPress site. Look for the directory where WordPress’s main index.php file is installed. Most webhosting provider would have a directory called public_html as the main directory for websites. If you installed WordPress in this directory then your Site Address will be your domain name. The Site address (URL) is identical to the WordPress address (URL) in most cases. If you installed WordPress in the directory /public_html/support, then your site address should be http://yourdomainname/support.
This is the e-mail address to which you want WordPress to send emails regarding the maintenance and administration of your WordPress site. For example, a notification will be sent through e-mail to this address, if new users register as a member of your site (this is applicable if you enable this in the Membership settings). This e-mail address will receive notification that the comment is being held for moderation if the option for this feature is activated.
Select this option to enable visitors to your website to register. A good use of this feature is that if you are offering premium content. Once a member logs in, that member can then visit private pages you have posted.
New User Default Role
You can set this options with the following values:
Select the city or the nearest city to your location in order to set the time zone of your website. This will help keep track of the time your articles were posted in relation to your time zone.
This setting does not control how the date is displayed in the Administrative Screens but does affect the posted pages.
Same as the date format mentioned above but this time it applies to the time.
Week Starts On
Applies to the calendar, selecting Monday would mean that you would see Monday as the first day. This is the default setting.
After filling out the fields, click on the Save Changes button to store these setting in your site’s database.