No worries! Because I’ll walk you through the 8 features in the General Settings to configure your WordPress website. Before we begin, let me introduce you to the General Settings of WordPress!
Introduction to WordPress General Settings
Compared to other settings pages that focus on specific categories, the General Settings page has a lineup of options for simple features like site title, tagline, date & time format, language, timezone, etc.
Your site title and tagline play a vital role in branding and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). If the site title or tagline is displayed incorrectly, you might not rank well on Google search!
However, you can resolve this issue by simply writing a tagline/slogan relevant to your business and your site title as your business name, therefore making your site more searchable and ranking better in search engines!
Now that we know what to expect from the General Settings of WordPress – let’s dive in and learn about these features!
Site Title & Tagline
The site title is mainly your website or blog. Your site title is usually placed on the top tab of web browsers, and some themes may use it as a header.
WordPress Address (URL) & Site Address (URL)
The WordPress Address is the full URL of the directory that contains the WordPress core installation. To make it more simple, this is the address that shows where you installed WordPress!
Administration Email Address
The administration email address is obviously YOUR email address. WordPress also sends automated emails to the email address you set when there are any updates/changes on your website.
When you click/enable the checkbox to allow people to register, it will determine whether visitors can sign up for accounts on your site.
New User Default Role
The new user default role setting determines the initial permissions to all new users that sign up on your site. By default, the new user role will be set to Subscriber.
The setting changes the language of your WordPress dashboard. Please bear in mind that it won’t translate your site’s content, themes, or plugins! Just your WordPress dashboard.
Once you’ve selected a timezone for your site, the timezone will adjust the site’s clock, therefore affecting the timestamps on your posts and comments (including the date and time settings, making it very handy for scheduled posts.)
Date & Time Format
For the date & time format, you can control the way your dates are displayed on your site by choosing one of the predefined options or entering your own by using the custom field as shown.
In this blog, we learned about each feature in the General Settings and how to use them! However, there are multiple pages of settings for basic installation. But no worries, you usually need to do this before installing any plugins on WordPress.