Fine-Tune Your Settings to Enhance Performance, Security, and User Experience

WordPress settings refer to the configuration options available in the WordPress dashboard that allow you to customize various aspects of your website’s functionality and appearance. These settings play a crucial role in managing your WordPress site and tailoring it to your specific needs. Here are some key settings categories in WordPress:

1. General Settings

These settings include the site title, tagline, WordPress address (URL), site address (URL), and other basic information about your website. You can also set the time zone, date format, and time format here.

By the time we’ve set up your WordPress most of these would have been taken care of. Including your title (but maybe not your tagline, unless you gave us free reign). Your URL will already be an https: secured site, sans the www. The time-zone will be set and your week will start on a Monday.

2. Writing Settings

These settings control the default post category, post format, and post editor. You can also configure settings for remote publishing, allowing you to publish posts via email or external applications.

The default post category is ‘uncategorized’ (US) or ‘uncategorised’ (UK & SA). And the default post format is standard. I prefer the classic editor for writing content, over the block editor alternative. You can even post new content via email, however this is off by default and needs to be set up separately.

3. Reading Settings

Here, you can set the front page displays, whether to show the latest posts or a static page as the homepage. You can also adjust the number of blog posts displayed on the page and choose whether to allow search engines to index your site.

Here you specify whether your homepage shows your latest posts or a static page. And if you specify the latter, we’ll create and set a separate Blog page. By default your blog shows the last 10 posts. And you can Discourage search engines from indexing this site (useful while still developing).

4. Discussion Settings

These settings control comments on your site. You can specify whether to allow comments, enable comment moderation, and configure settings related to pingbacks and trackbacks.

Many settings and details on here, but the defaults are perfect to start with. You can specify what avatars to use in commenting. Including 5 auto-generated options, ie Identicon, Wavatar, MonsterID, Retro, and the new RoboHash. There are even ratings for your audience, ie G, PG, R and X-rated.

5. Media Settings

These settings define the default sizes for images uploaded to your site. You can specify the maximum dimensions for thumbnail, medium, and large images. Additionally, you can choose the organizing method for media files.

By default Thumbnails are 150*150, Medium is 300*300, and Large is 1024*1024. Some plugins add additional options, and you rarely have to change these options. By default it will Crop thumbnails to exact dimensions, ie a square box (because normally thumbnails are proportional). And your uploads will be organized into month- and year-based folders

6. Permalink Settings

Permalinks determine the structure of your website’s URLs. In this section, you can select the URL structure format for your posts, pages, and other content types. It’s recommended to choose a structure that is search engine friendly and human-readable.

Here is one I like to change, in order to keep it simple. Unless you are a news agency in which case the dates might come in handy, especially when you load many daily posts. Switch the Permalink structure from the default Month and name, ie:

https://webandmore.co.za/2023/06/sample-post/

To just Post name, ie:

https://webandmore.co.za/sample-post/

7. Privacy Settings

These settings relate to the privacy policy of your website. You can specify a privacy page that outlines how user data is handled on your site.

8. Additional Settings

Depending on the plugins and themes installed, you may have additional settings related to specific functionalities. These settings can vary widely based on the plugins and themes you use.

Access to these settings is typically available to administrators and can be found in the WordPress dashboard under the “Settings” menu. It’s important to review and configure these settings based on your website’s requirements and best practices to ensure optimal functionality, user experience, and security for your WordPress site.

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