Configuring the WordPress general settings in wp-admin

Setting up for success

The WordPress general settings page lets you set up some basic conventions about how your WordPress site will be displayed, including title, timezone, format for date and time, and more.

Some of the defaults may be fine for your needs, but whenever you set up a new site, it’s a good idea to double-check everything on this page.

To access the WordPress general settings, use the WordPress dashboard sidebar to click on Settings -> General. 

Screen Capture of General Settings Site Title and Tagline

Site Title

The title may be displayed in several places, including the web browser title bar, and the header (if your chosen theme has that option). It also appears on the Admin bar in the upper left, if you’re in the dashboard or viewing the site while logged in. Some themes have the option to include the Site Title as part of the title tag on each page, and it may also be used as an identifying name in your syndication feeds.

Tip: the site title doesn’t need to be an exact match for your site name, or URL. So make it readable, and include keywords if possible.

Tagline

This spot provides a place to include a description or short, memorable phrase that describes more about your site. Some themes also display the tagline in locations such as the header or sidebar. This field can be left blank.

Tip: For most installations, the default tagline will be “Just another WordPress site,” so be sure to check that and either change or remove it.

WordPress Address (URL)

This is the actual location of your WordPress installation and core files. For many sites, that will be the same as the URL your site visitors enter to view your site. However, if you’ve installed WordPress in a sub-directory, you’ll want to use that here.

Site Address (URL)

This is the address visitors will type into their browser to view your site.

Tip: don’t include a trailing slash in either URL.

Email Address

WordPress sends various messages about administration and maintenance tasks, to the email address entered here. For example, if you want to be notified when new comments are posted in response to one of your blog posts, they will go to this address. Or if you allow users to register for membership in your site, new member notifications will go to this address. This email is not displayed anywhere on the site, so it’s protected in terms of visibility.

Tip: Note that this does not need to be the same as the Administrator user account.

Screen Capture of WordPress General Settings Entry Screen

Membership

If you want to allow visitors to register for an account on your site, check this box. It’s unchecked by default.

New User Default Role

If you’re allowing new users to register for an account on your site, you’ll want to select a default role for them (administrator, editor, author, contributor, subscriber).

Timezone

All WordPress installations default to UTC (Coordinated Universal Time, which is actually in London, England). The dropdown list lets you choose a time relative to UTC (such as “UTC+9”) but there’s also a convenient list of cities organized by continent. While your city may not be listed, you’ll surely find one that works. For example, if you live in San Francisco, which is not listed… Los Angeles is in the list and we know that’s the same timezone.

Tip: Once you set the timezone, your local time will be shown below that selection box, so you can double-check that it’s correct.

Date Format

By default, the date format is April 27, 2017, but other popular options are available, such as 4/27/2017, or 2017-4-27. There’s also an option to customize, and the WordPress Codex has details for specifying custom formats.

Tip: Today’s date is shown in the different format options, so you’ll know exactly what you’re selecting.

Time Format

Again there is a default, with several other formatting options, and the ability to specify a custom date.

Week Starts On

Lets you select whether you’d like your week to start on Sunday, Monday, or any other day, for that matter! This is a helpful setting if you are using a calendar widget that wants to know how to format weeks, as it would control the day displayed in the far left (first) column of the calendar.

Site Language

Lets you select which language is used in the dashboard, from an extensive dropdown list.

Be sure to click the “Save Changes” button any time you make a change on this page. If you do not, all edits to the WordPress general settings fields will be lost.


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