WordPress Guide for Handling Settings Tab


In wordpress admin panel, settings section plays an important role for your site. In this tutorial I will explain about the configuration settings in wordpress dashboard. The settings panel determines how your site behaves as and how you interact with your site.

The settings will control the most configurations to your site. The settings panel has General, Reading, Writing, Privacy, Discussion, Media, Permalinks, and Miscellaneous. In this tutorial we will see the each topic one by one.

General settings:

The basic configuration settings for every website are the title and tag line and they are playing an important role in settings section.

Title: In this you have to give title of your blog or website.

Tag: Here give your small description about your blog or site. This tag will very helpful to identify about your blog. Due to this visitors will easily recognize about your blog.

Membership: By enabling the check box you are giving access to register to your site. The admin can give access to user as any role.

Role: while giving access to membership admin has to select the role of the user whether it may be subscriber, contributor, editor, and author. In previous tutorial explained each and every role in detailed.

Date & Time: you can select the date and time as your wish.

Writing settings:

In these settings section you can select the size of the post, default category of your post, remote publishing, and update services.

Size: here you can give the size of the post box by giving number. If you give 5, then only five posts will be displayed in home page.

Default category: By using the drop down menu you can select the default category which you want for your blog.

Remote publishing: For writing the wordpress blog, there are lot of remote publishing softwares are available. For eg: Windows Live editor is one of the remote publishing desktop client software by using you can publish your post from these software itself.

If you are going to use the Windows Live Editor you have to enable the atom publishing protocol by mark the tick mark in check box.

Reading settings:

Here is the right place you have to decide whether you want your site as post (blog) or static page (website). You can also select the no of post which should be displayed in each page.

Blog: Blog is like a website it is in chronological order and shows the recent post first. If you want to write a blog means you have to select the latest post.

Website: If you want website means you have to select static page and using drop down menu select which page you want to appear in front side.

What You Can Do With Your Blog Comments Section –Wordpress Dashboard Discussion Settings

Notification of Pingbacks and Trackbacks

If you don’t want to be notified of Pingbacks & trackbacks to your blog, then uncheck the “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks.)” option in “Discussion Settings” under “Settings” Menu of dashboard.

Comment Author Must Fill Name and Email

You can uncheck this option in “Discussion Settings”. But it is not good idea. If you uncheck this, you will get tons of spams and you can’t show gravatar for comments. So don’t change the default option.

Registered Users Only able to Post Comments

You can do this by checking the “Users must be registered and logged in to comment” option in “Discussion Settings” option. The readers of your blog who subscribed to your blog only able to leave a comment. First you should enable the option to your users to register in your blog at “General Settings”. So that readers can register to your blog and leave a comment also.

Comment Settings

Close Comments on Old Posts

You can close the comments on old posts based on the number of days. To do this, go to “discussion settings” under “settings” Tab in your wordpress dashboard. Then select the option “Automatically close comments on articles older than —- days” and enter the number of days. Once the given number of days passed after published the post, automatically comments will be closed and “Comments are closed” message will be shown to readers.

How to display reply link in comments

By default, there are no reply links in your blog comments. You should enable the reply option to make your blog comments for better discussions. To do this, just enable the “Enable threaded (nested) comments — levels deep” option in “Discussion settings’. You can also decide how much levels deep your comments should go. Keep it 5. It is good for healthy discussions.

Show comments on next page

If you are receiving too many comments, you can set how many comments should be displayed in the page. Remaining comments will appear on further pages.

Show New or Old Comments at top

By default comments will be displayed with the older comments at the top of the page. If you want to display new comments on top of the comments page, select the “newer”option in discussion settings.

Receive email whenever anyone posts a comment or a comment is held for moderation.

You can turn off these emails by uncheck the boxes in “Discussion Settings” tab. This will be helpful to you when more number of comments you receive. If you don’t do it every time you receive comments, your email inbox get flooded with emails.

Handling Approval of Comments

You have two options.

  1. An administrator must always approve the comment
  2. Comment author must have a previously approved comment

You can turn on or off the above options in “Discussion settings”.

How to move automatically certain comments to Moderation or Spam?

Do you receive some negative comments or bad comments from particular readers? In that case you may want to move those comments automatically to moderation instead auto approval. To do this, wordpress has built an option under “Discussion settings”.

Comment Moderation

Insert words one per line in the given box. When a comment contains any of these words in its content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, it will be held in the moderation queue.

Comment BlackList

Insert words one per line in the given box. When a comment contains any of these words in its content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, it will be held in the spam.

Display Avatars

Avatars are images that will be displayed in each comment as per the email address given by the comment author. The comment author should have gravatar account to display his photo in comments.

You can choose one of the options.

  1. Don’t show Avatars
  2. Show Avatars

Choose Maximum Rating for gravatars to be displayed in your blog comments

When a user creates account on gravatar site, he links an image to his email and rate it as any one of the below.

G — Suitable for all audiences

PG — Possibly offensive, usually for audiences 13 and above

R — Intended for adult audiences above 17

X — Even more mature than above

You should display the maximum rating for gravatars to be displayed in your comments.

Default Avatar

If a user don’t have image registered on gravatar site, then a default avatar will be displayed in your blog comments. To change this logo, you can select any one of the given avatars.

Different Avatars

Media settings

You can access these media settings in “settings” tab of wordpress admin dashboard. Here you can fix default size of images to be displayed in the body of post.

I have been left this as follows.

Thumbnail sizes 150*150

Medium Size      300*300

Maximum Size    1024*1024

Privacy Settings

I am seeing so many new wordpress visitors are asking “Why my site still not indexed after so many days of publishing contents?” They don’t know or forget a basic option in wordpress dashboard. You should go for “Privacy Settings” option in “settings” tab of wordpress admin dashboard and check the box “I would like my blog to be visible to everyone, including search engines (like Google, Bing, Technorati) and archivers”. By default it will be “I would like to blog search engines”.

Block Search Engines?

Permalinks Settings

You can see these settings under “settings” tab in wordpress dashboard. You can’t see this option if you are blogging in free wordpress.com platform. This option only available for bloggers who are having self host. Check our tutorial how to set up the Permalinks to optimize your blog for search engines in better way.

Best Permalinks settings for SEO

Miscellaneous Settings

Here you can see option for setting path for your uploads. I recommend leaving this by default.

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  • Tony M February 15, 2010, 7:28 PM

    Nice explanation. I think I will just link over here instead of writing my own haha.

  • Al @ Good Books to read April 22, 2012, 12:38 AM

    Thanks for the help with settings.