The WordPress settings menu of your blog is where you will configure everything about how the blog works and functions.

See the “Related” menu to the right for more details on specific options.

Wordpress settings

1. General.

The General Settings let you change many of the items that control how your blog is displayed, such as the title, tagline, timezone, and date/time formats

  • Site Title : Name of your website. The Site Title is displayed in the title bar of a web browser and is displayed in the header for most themes.
  • Tagline : a short description or catchy phrase to describe what your blog is about. Some themes will display the tagline in the header or in the sidebar.
  • WordPress Address (URL) : the address you want people to type in their browser to reach your WordPress blog.
  • Site Address (URL) : the address where your WordPress core files reside.
  • E-mail Address : the email of administrator
  • Membership : enable for anyone can register on your website
  • New User Default Role : Default role of user after registration.
  • Timezone : your blog’s timezone
  • Date Format : lets you select how you want dates will be displayed on your blog. Several popular choices are available, as well as a custom option..
  • Time Format : just like the date format, but sets how times will be displayed on the blog. For example, you may choose to use a 24 hour or 12 hour clock via your Time Format.
  • Week Start On : only used if you are using the calendar widget. This setting allows you to select what day is displayed in the first column of the calendar.

2. Writing.

The Writings Settings control your WordPress writing experience.

  • Formatting : has two options. The first option will allow you to type emoticon symbols like the smiley face when you are writing. If this option is checked, the symbols will be converted into a graphical emoticon. If the second option is enabled, WordPress will fix any of your invalid XHTML code. Invalid XHTML code can cause problems with your layout, so this is a good option to turn on.
  • Default Post Category : lets you select the category to be applied to a post if you forget to assign categories before publishing.
  • Default Post Format : only show up if your theme supports post formats.
  • Press This : provides a lightning-fast way to grab text, images, or video from any website and post it to your blog without ever visiting Dashboard.
  • Post via e-mail : a way of publishing posts on your blog by email. Any email client can be used to send the email, allowing you to publish quickly and easily from devices such as cell phones.

3. Reading

The Reading Settings control how your blog is displayed to visitors

  • Front page displays : allows you to choose what content appears on your blog’s front page. You can choose to have your latest blog posts or a static page that you have created in the Pages section of your blog. (Your blog must have at least one static page for this setting to appear.). By default, your front page is set to display your latest blog posts, but you can change it to a static front page. Using a static front page is handy if you want to use your front page as a landing page or to display a welcome message.
  • Blog pages show at most : lets you choose how many blog posts are displayed per page. The default setting is 10 posts per page.
  • Syndication feeds show the most recent: lets you set how many blog posts will be sent out at once via your RSS feed.
  • For each article in a feed, show : you can select Full text or Summary. Full text means that the entire contents of a post are included in the feed. Summary means that only the first 55 words are included in the feed, along with the option to continue reading the rest of the post.
  • Search Engine Visibility : allow bot can access your website.

4. Discussion.

The Discussion Settings are used to control how visitors and other blogs interact with your site.

  • Default article settings : there are three options. These settings are defaults for new posts or pages, which can always be changed individually on each article. This first two options deal with pingbacks and trackbacks. The first determines if your blog will send out pings and trackbacks to other blogs when you publish articles. The second determines if your blog will accept pings and trackbacks from other blogs. The third option allows you to enable or disable comments by default.
  • Other comment settings : has quite a few options, so lets explain them one at a time.
    1. Comment author must fill out name and e-mail – When this setting is on, anyone leaving a comment will be forced to leave a name and a valid email address. If the setting is off, visitors can leave anonymous comments.
    2. Users must be registered and logged in to comment – If this box is checked, only logged in WordPress.com users will be allowed to leave comments. If it is not checked, any visitor can leave a comment.
    3. Automatically close comments on articles older than __ days – This setting can be used to have comments closed on articles that are X days old. As an example, if you only want articles to accept comments for 30 days you would check the box and type 30 into the text field.
    4. Enable threaded (nested) comments __ levels deep - Turn on this option to allow visitors to reply to other comments inline/nested. When turned on it can allow for better discussions and responses. We suggest using a maximum of 3 levels deep. Anything higher and the theme layouts may not work as expected. Note: Enabling the setting only applies to new comments since existing comments don’t have any threading date. However, disabling this setting applies to all comments.
    5. Break comments into pages with __ comments per page and the __ last page displayed by default – If your posts/pages get a lot of comments, you may want to split the comments into pages. You can choose how many top level comments (nested comments are not counted and will not be split between two pages) to show for each page. You can also choose which page to show by default when a visitor first views the comments.
    6. Comments should be displayed with the __ comments at the top of each page –  This setting allows you to reverse the order of comments. You can display comments in ascending or descending order.
  • E-mail me whenever : control when you get notified about new comments.
  • Before a comment appears : has two different settings. If the first setting is checked, all comments will go into moderation and they will need to be approved by an administrator before appearing on the blog. If the second option is checked, any visitors that have had a comment approved on the blog in the past will get a free pass through approval and only comments from new visitors will go into moderation.
  • Comment Moderation : automatically change comment to queue when there are 2 links in comments.
  • Comment Blacklist : very similar to the Comment Moderation list, but when something matches here, the comment is marked as spam instead of held for moderation.
  • Avatar : This section of the Discussion Settings determines how avatars will be displayed on the blog.

5. Media.

The Media Settings allows you to control how your media is displayed.

  • Image sizes allows you to change the maximum dimensions of images that are displayed on posts and pages. When setting a thumbnail size, the image will be cropped and resized to the setting. Medium and large images will keep the dimension proportions, taking the maximum width and height into account.

6. Permalinks

Permalinks are the permanent URLs to your individual weblog posts, as well as categories and other lists of weblog postings. A permalink is what another weblogger will use to link to your article (or section), or how you might send a link to your story in an e-mail message. The URL to each post should be permanent, and never change — hence perma link.

I recommend you to change the permalink into /%category%/%postname%.html. format

In this article, I try to cover all the basic concepts and give you a overlook about wordpress settings.  I know I missed something, so please let me know my missing in the comment. Thank you