Now that you’ve had a chance to have a look at the admin interface, let’s look at the different options that you need to be aware of and set up in the ‘Settings’ menu.
The very basic settings of your website need to be in place before you go ahead and begin adding the pages of your website. So, let us have a quick look at these settings and understand what we need to do in each of these sub-sections.
In this page, you can set up your website’s Title and Tag Line (these usually appear in the top part of your website) and select the time zone that matches with your current time zone. This is useful because you might want to show the time your page or post was updated on your site, and this way it’ll match with your current time zone.
You can also change the way your site’s url is displayed in browsers. This is handy in most cases where WordPress is installed without the ‘www’ tag before the domain name, and you want to change it and have the ‘www’ displayed there instead.
In this section you can set up some basics like your default post and link categories. Leave this section for now, because we still haven’t created categories and tags yet. We’ll come back to this section later.
In this section, you can set up how your website gets displayed – either as a regular website or as a blog. Again, since we haven’t set up any pages or posts yet, you can leave it for now and come back to it after we’ve added the pages.
When you have a WordPress setup, a comment box gets displayed automatically at the end of each page or post on your site. In this section, you can enable or disable various functionalities related to commenting. For example, you can set it up so that every time someone comments on your site, you get an email and the comment won’t get displayed on your site unless you’ve approved it.
In this section, you can set up the defaults for your images, i.e. Width and Height of the images depending on the sizes you want to display (thumbnail, medium or large).
Permalinks are a great way to figure out how the links of your website’s pages or posts will be displayed in browsers or Internet searches. This is a great way to show the structure of your website in an organized way. Also, if your page titles include main keywords, then it can definitely add into the Search Engine Optimization process of your website.
A variety of example link structures are shown within that page itself. So you can choose the one that most suits your needs. You can learn more about using Permalinks on the WordPress main site as well. But if all that information seems too confusing to you, then just choose the ‘Custom’ option and put in “/%category%/%postname%” (without the quote marks) into the space provided and save.
Ready to Begin…
Now that you have had a look at and set up some basic settings in your WordPress install, you are ready to begin. Excited? So am I!
(1 May 2013)
Madhavi spends her time writing web content and helping people make websites. She regularly blogs www.madhavighare.com and shares her thoughts about web writing and WordPress. She also explores her ardent fascination with myths and symbols via the Tarot cards on her blog www.taroticallyspeaking.com