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General Website Settings

You can control some important settings for your website by going to your website admin dashboard and, on the left side menu, selecting Settings-> General. You can modify your website name, language, default post options, and other configuration. Lets dive in to see what options can be changed.

Define the General Settings

Site Title, Tagline, and Email

Define how the site’s title is displayed in the header and in the browser tab. Choose a catchy tagline, that shows what your website is about, to be displayed next to your title in the header.

The email address is used for admin purposes, one of its main usages is to make sure you’re able to receive comment moderation emails. Every time it is changed, a confirmation request is sent to the new email, only becoming active after being confirmed.

Language and Date

This is where you can select the language your visitors see on the frontend. If you need to change the language of the Administrator screen for your user only, go to the Users-> Profile menu.

Choose the timezone and the date and time format that will be displayed on your posts. On the preview, you can see the output. Click on the “Documentation on date and time formatting” to learn more about the format possibilities.

If you have the calendar widget, you can choose on the Week Starts On option which day of the week will be shown in the first column of the calendar.

Membership Settings

If you would like to use your website as a membership solution, this section can help. You have the option to allow or disallow registration to your website, in addition to selecting the default role your members will receive once registered to your website. The role selection, allows you to choose between: Subscriber, Member and Customer (Online Store only) roles.

Google Maps API Key

If you would like to show the map module to your users, you have to connect your website to Google Maps first. You can easily do it by placing the maps API key here. Learn how to get the key here.

Configure the Writing Settings

Pick your default post format:

  • Standard – the regular option frequently selected for articles and blog posts, that might also include an image or video.
  • Aside – it’s a note usually without a title, that can be for instance an external link or a little piece of information.
  • Chat – a chat transcript.
  • Gallery – a gallery of images in a single post. It can be added with the Add Media.
  • Link – a link post, that can have the title of the link or a small commentary and the URL.
  • Image – a single image is displayed.
  • Quote – used to share a quotation.
  • Status – it can be a short status update, just like Twitter, or a little longer one.
  • Video – contains a video embedded from a third party host, like Youtube or Vimeo, or an uploaded video playing directly on the website.
  • Audio – it’s an audio embedded from a third party host or uploaded directly to the website.

The default post category is the one category where all your posts will be catalogued by default unless you pick a different one when publishing it.

Configure the Reading Settings

Choose if your homepage displays your latest posts or if you want them to fall within a specific blog page. Define the number of posts the blog page shows at most.

If you want to discourage search engines, like Google, from indexing your website, select the search engine visibility box.

Save your changes when you are done.

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