Guide to Settings Menu in WordPress Admin Panel – WebNots

WordPress “Settings” available in admin panel is one of the least looked and most searched option by webmasters. Starting from setting a static front page to hiding entire site from search engines, it is common among users to search in Google rather than take some time to look into the “Settings” panel where most of things are readymade available. In this article we explore various WordPress settings possible under “Settings” panel.

WordPress Settings Menu Items

Following are the default settings menu items available in WordPress admin panel and you may see additional items if an installed plugin add menu items under “Settings”.

As you can see in the below image, there are additional menus inserted by Akismet and WP Rocket plugins.

WordPress Settings Menu
WordPress Settings Menu

1. General Settings

General settings allow you to set the WordPress login URL and site’s home page URL. Entering incorrect URLs will result in not able to login to your WordPress dashboard or 404 page not found error when accessing your site. Membership option allows you to add “Register” link in your login URL so that anyone can register for your site. Read our article on how to stop new user registration emails in WordPress.

WordPress General Settings
WordPress General Settings

The timezone and date format set here will be used for displaying and scheduling activities in your site. WordPress version 5.9 introduced a new feature to select the language for your dashboard when logging into the site. You can select the language by clicking on “Site Language” dropdown under “General” settings section. The selected language will be installed on your site and will show as a dropdown in login screen along with the installed language. User can choose the language when logging in and the entire admin panel will be displayed in the selected language.

2. Writing Settings

Writing settings offers you to choose default category and post format for your site. If you do not assign any category when publishing a post then the default category chosen here will be used. Earlier, you could use “Press This” bookmarking tool to grab content from any web page and link to your blog post. However, this option is removed later and no more available in standard WordPress installation.

WordPress Writing Settings
WordPress Writing Settings

You also can setup email account for sending post to your WordPress site directly from your email inbox. The content sent will be published with the default mail category. Finally, update services allow you to ping search engines whenever new content is published on your blog. If your site is hidden from search engines set in “Reading” section then this setting is disabled by default.

3. Reading Settings

Reading settings allows you to choose the front page for your site which can be either a static front page or your blog posts. You can also set maximum number of posts to be displayed in each blog page and control the display of your blog feed.

WordPress Reading Settings
WordPress Reading Settings

Setting the option “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” will request search engines not to index the site.

4. Discussion Settings

Here are the settings to control the comments at site level and some of these options can be overwritten based on your post level settings. For example, you can completely disable comments here and then activate only for a particular blog post in post editor.

WordPress Discussion Settings
WordPress Discussion Settings

Following are some of the settings you can do under discussion settings:


5. Media Settings

Media settings offer two options:

Check out our article on how to change the media upload directory.

This is one of the most used and important settings in WordPress. Permalinks are short form for permanent links and help to change the numeric URL to a descriptive one so that users and search engines can understand your site content better. The first step after installing WordPress is to choose an appropriate permalinks structure needed for your site.

WordPress Permalinks Settings
WordPress Permalink sSettings

You can also select category and tag base for your WordPress blog under permalinks settings. Check out our dedicated articles on WordPress permalinks settings and resolution to various permalinks issues.

7. Privacy Settings

Privacy settings page allows you to create a custom page for your site and assign it as a privacy page. Most plugins will use the page assigned here and link it as your privacy page. You can also read the privacy policy guide which will provide a template and guidelines for your custom page. This will be useful for beginners to get an idea of how to create a privacy page with all required details.

WordPress Privacy Settings Page
WordPress Privacy Settings Page

Here is the summary of what you can do with each settings panel in WordPress:

Settings Feature
General Site title and tag line.
WordPress URL and site URL.
Admin email for notification.
Setting membership and default role.
Setting timezone.
Date and time format and week starting day.
Writing Setting default category and post format.
“Press This” bookmarklet.
Setting for post via email.
Enable update services.
Reading Setting front page of your site as static page or latest blog posts.
Number of posts to be shown on blog page and feed.
Showing summary or full post on feed.
Setting search engine visibility.
Discussion Set pingbacks and trackbacks.
Enable or disable comments at site level.
Mandatory registration for commenting.
Make email and name mandatory for commenting.
Automatic comments closure.
Threaded commenting and setting display order.
Email notification on new comment and comment moderation.
Comment approval logic.
Filters for comments moderation.
Setting blacklisted words.
Settings avatars display.
Media Set size of thumbnails.
Organize uploaded files into year and month based folders.
Background color, meta data and tiled gallery settings for image gallery carousel.
Permalinks Choose Permanent link structure for your site.
Set category and tag base.
Privacy Create and assign default privacy page for your site.
Read privacy policy guide and template for guideline.

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