Our Most Common Settings We Change in WordPress

WordPress has built-in settings that should be changed depending on how you want your website to behave.

Settings

The menu item “Settings” is located in the left-hand menu of the WordPress Admin Dashboard.

Settings>General

“General” is a sub-menu item of “Settings”.

  1. Site Title – The website title, typically the name of your business
  2. Tagline – I typically use the industry and location of the company if they don’t have a tagline
  3. Administrative Email – Where you want website notifications to go
    1. Note: some plugins also use this setting to send emails by default such as Woocommerce and WPForms
  4. Timezone – Change this to either the city or UTC Offset that applies to your area
  5. Click the “Save Changes” button

Settings>Writing

“Writing” is a sub-menu item of “Settings”.

  1. Once we have a blog or news site setup, we will change the default post category to something a little more specific than “Uncategorized”
  2. Click the “Save Changes” button

Settings>Reading

“Reading” is a sub-menu item of “Settings”.

  1. Once we have a homepage created
    1. we will change “Your homepage displays” to “A static page”
    2. then change the “homepage dropdown to the correct page
  2. We will change the “Posts page” to the correct posts archive page
    1. usually something like “Blog”, or “News”
  3. “Search engine visibility” always doublecheck this is unchecked
    1. if checked, search engines will not index your site, which will cause many issues especially with organic traffic
  4. Click the “Save Changes” button

Settings>Discussion

“Discussion” is a sub-menu item of “Settings”. This settings page gets disabled with the disable comments plugin and we generally don’t change anything here

Settings>Media

“Media” is a sub-menu item of “Settings”.  We don’t change anything here.

Settings>Permalinks

“Permalinks” is a sub-menu item of “Settings”.

  1. Under “Common Settings”
    1. Change the radio button to “Post name”
      1. This change makes the URL more reader/search engine friendly
  2. Click the “Save Changes” button

Settings>Privacy

“Privacy” is a sub-menu item of “Settings”.

  1. If you accept information from users, make sure you have a privacy policy page, and link it here.