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Step 6: WordPress General Settings

You are now signed into your WordPress website.  Let’s start with some basic settings.  Starting from the WordPress Dashboard, look for the “Settings” menu in the left sidebar.  From here, we will change some of the WordPress default settings.  The picture below shows what the WordPress Dashboard looks like when you first sign into your website.

WordPress Dashboard Page

Click on “Settings”, “General”.  Here you will see basic settings for time, date, and timezone.  WordPress allows you to control how these are displayed.  Adjust these to your preference.  You will also see the email you used when you set up the WordPress installation.  By checking “Anyone Can Register” you will allow site visitors to sign up to comment on posts.  Be sure to set “New User Default Role” to “Subscriber”.  This will limit their access to just commenting.  We’ll cover WordPress user roles more in a later step.

WordPress General Settings

Be sure to click “Save Changes” when you are done.  You can read more about General Settings here.

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  • Tim August 19, 2013, 2:40 PM

    Thank you so much for these tutorials. I always forget which settings to use when I set up a new Wordpress site.



  • Salvatore Amodeo December 18, 2013, 1:08 PM

    Doug, You are awsome. Thanks for sharing your wisdom! I have just started to creat a food/food travel blog with WP and the Thesis framework. I am now building my site but can’t seem to figure how to get my Site Title and tag line to show up on the front page. I added a temporary image but can’t figure out why my title and tag line are not there eventhough I added them on the “settings, general” page. Any insights would be great. Also, you mentioned in a later google related post that when you set up an account you do not add the www. Is it that better and why? Thanks for your help! Best, Sal

  • Doug Macklem January 1, 2014, 7:10 PM

    I think when you add an image in the header the title and tag line won’t display. I can’t remember for sure. You could experiment and see if this is true.

    As for “www” or not, I don’t think it matters. What I’ve read is pick one and always use it. Don’t have links to your site as “” and in another place “”. You can use Google Webmaster Tools to tell Google which way you want your site.

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