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Thursday, 08 November 2018 14:10

WordPress Beginner Tutorial #31: WordPress Settings, Part 1

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In this video, we're going to explore the settings in WordPress. Many of these settings set the foundation for WordPress' behind the scenes work.

In the left menu, you'll see the Settings sub navigation.

If you're running WordPress in a subfolder (e.g. "blog"), then your WordPress Address and Site Address will be different.

Your WordPress Address is the full URL to your WordPress install, including the sub folder. For example, https://www.ostraining.com/blog/

Your Site Address is the address that you want users to type into their browser to reach your site.

Be careful with changing either of these two settings, since it could take down your whole site. They should only be changed when your site's location changes.

The email address is the default email address that will be used to send and receive emails. Plugins, like contact form plugins, can add custom email addresses. But, if an email address isn't provided in a plugin function, this email address is the one that's usually used.

If you want anyone to be able to create an account, you can turn on the membership setting. The user role should be left as Subscriber in almost all cases.

Be sure to set your timezone to your own timezone or whatever makes sense for your site. If you leave it as the default, you might mix up publishing times or get confused when times appear "incorrect".

In the Writing settings, you can adjust the default categories and set up "Post via email". Post via email allows you create new posts by sending an email to your WordPress site.

The Reading settings allow you to adjust:
- The home page
- # of posts per blog page
- Search engine visibility

Search engine visibility allows you to tell search engines to index or not index your site.

But, keep in mind that not all search engines will respect your wishes. So if you really want to hide the site, use https://www.ostraining.com/blog/codin... but in the root of your site.

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