Step 5: Settings for Your New Website

I know you’re getting really antsy to start writing your first pages and posts and adding some great photos to your new website. You’re almost there – honest!

But first, let’s look at the Settings tab. That’s the one that’s down at the bottom of the sidebar on your Dashboard. This will only take a few minutes.

Your WordPress Settings

You won’t need to bother with a lot of the screens under the Settings tab right now, but you can always go back in and play with all of them later. Right now, lets just look at the ones that are most important, so you can get on with building your website.


  • On this screen, you’ll find the Title and Tagline, which appear at the top of each page of your site. You already have a title and tagline because you set them when you installed WordPress, but if you want to change them now, you can.
  • You also want to check to make sure the e-mail address on this screen is correct, and that it’s an address that you check every day. If someone comments on your posts, that’s how WordPress will let you know about it. The rest of the settings on that screen are self-explanatory.


  • You may not have any pages or posts written yet, but you’ll want to come back to this screen if you want a static page to always show up on the home page of your website. If you just want your posts to show up like a normal blog, with the last one on top of the home page and older posts below it, you can leave these settings as they are.


  • This one’s important, because it determines if there will be a comment box at the bottom of your posts and pages, and who is allowed to comment without your approval. I always require administrative approval for all comments, because you want full control over what gets on your website. Here’s the boxes I checked for the website you’re now on:
Discussion Screen Settings on WordPress

Discussion Screen Settings on WordPress

Privacy Settings

  • If you want to block the Search Engines from crawling your site, this is the screen where you make that choice. I have no idea why anyone would do that, but you can if you want.


Profile Page

  • This is not under the Settings tab, but I thought this was a good time to talk about it anyway. This screen will let you add a bit of information about yourself, just like the profile pages you see on other Web 2.0 sites. You find it by clicking on your name, up there at the very top right corner of the Dashboard. I don’t usually bother with it, but you can if you want.

OK, that’s all you need to do in the Settings screens for now. In the next lesson, I’ll go over some really cool free plugins that you can install to add functionality to your site.


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