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5 – General Settings

5 – General Settings

Just a few bits of housekeeping to get out of the way. It’ll only take a few minutes… and then you can get on to the sexy stuff like customisation and publishing content.

General settings

When you have a look at your general settings, which represent the basic configuration of you site, it is likely that you won’t have to amend much. Here are the bits that you should look at:

Site title and tagline – As you can see from the screen shot here, highlighted in yellow, is where you should enter your Site Title, which will display at the top of every page of your site and in your visitors’ browser titlebar, and Tagline. This should be a snappy little phrase that let’s people know what your site is all about and it will appear after the title at the top of the page and serves as SEO purpose, so should not be omitted.

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Email address – Also check that the email address is the correct one for WordPress to send user notifications.

And finally, we would strongly recommend that you leave the membership box un-ticked. Unless you have a very clear purpose for it, e.g. you are creating a membership site or that you will be welcoming lots of submissions from guests writers, you DO NOT want to set it so that ‘anyone can register’ as this may have some security implications for your site.

Reading settings

Front page display – On the screen you will decide what you want people to see when they first arrive at your site. This can be set to display ‘Your latest posts’ or articles or you can pick the second option and select a particular ‘static page’ for your visitors to see first.

If you go for the first option you will also need to state how many ‘posts’ should be displayed on this front page and also decide whether you want the full text or a summary to appear.

Search engine visibility – Finally, if you are concerned about Google indexing your site, and therefore attracting visitors, while you are still in construction mode you can tick this box to discourage search engines to index your site until you are ready. If you do tick this box, please remember to go back and un-tick it when you are ready to launch.

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Discussion Settings

Disabling comments – If you are setting-up your website for a business it is less likely (than if you are blogging for example) that you will want to enable comments by default on posts and pages across the entire site.

If this is the case you can un-tick the ‘Allow Comments’ box (highlighted in yellow in the screen shot). You can over-ride this on any particular post or page on your site buy ticking the ‘Allow comments’ box in the ‘Discussion’ box below the editing window.

Don’t worry about this right now, as we will cover this in the next section on publishing content.

If you do want to encourage comments on your site then you might want to consider using a third-party commenting system like Disqus.

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Permalink Settings

What’s a permalink? Simply the url (direct link) to a piece of content on the internet – blog post, homepage, etc.

We recommend that you DO NOT go with the default permalink settings which would look something like this:

http://yourshinynewwebsite.com/?p=xxx

Instead we suggest that you change them to the ‘Post name’ structure, which is more ‘friendly’ for search and will look something like this:

http://yourshinynewwebsite.com/about-us/

You should decide what structure you are going to use on your website from Day 1 and stick with it. Changing the structure at a later date, and thereby changing your site urls, will result in 404 page errors appearing – that’s when you click on a link to visit a page only to arrive and find that apparently it doesn’t exist – which can negatively impact your traffic.

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4 - WP Customisation