9 WordPress Settings and Features that You Should Know

WordPress is a jungle. Seriously When I first planned to write this series of WordPress posts, it was a thought to get some essential WordPress topics published on my blog so that I could link to the related blog post and complement some upcoming blog posts. 

WordPress Settings
WordPress Settings

And then I realized that it is not easy. I mean, it became a struggle to keep it small and simple, because there are so many things around a small WordPress option or menu.

It is difficult to decide whether to include or not. So, make sure you take enough time and find out every feature / settings – especially if you have zero experience with WordPress.

Now as you’ve already imagined, this is the second part of my WordPress settings and features that you need Knowseries. Just in case, if you miss the first person, you can go here:

I divided this series into 3 levels because the idea is that when you first log in to your WordPress driven site, explain all those WordPress settings. Today, I have selected only two settings and this is about two menus (and its submenus).

There is every chance that you will not always like these menus because they are like “set and forgotten” options. And keep in mind that you should not play with these options unless you know what it does on your WordPress site.


WordPress Settings allow you to control the many technical aspects of your blog. Let’s just locate one by one.

  1. Simple


The “General Settings” is the default settings screen and lets you configure / change your blog title, description, URL, admin email, time zone etc. Do not change “WordPress Address (URL)” or “Site Address (URL).” Until you know its usage and purpose.

  1. Writing

You can either publish content from the WordPress Dashboard (using WordPress Editor) or use third-party tools such as (Blogo, Windows Live Writer, etc.) or via email. “Writing Settings” lets you change the default post category, post format, and link category.

There is also a section called “Update Services” where you can add custom site update services so that when you publish a new blog post, WordPress will notify them.

You do not have to do anything there because WordPress already undoes it with a universal update service called Pingomatic (http://rpc.pingomatic.com/).

  1. Reading

“Reading Settings” lets you customize your homepage content and RSS feeds. That’s it, you can either show all your latest blog posts or a static page (whether it’s about me, or a store page, or a custom page) as your front page.

For example, if you see my homepage then this is a static page and not a list of my latest blog post, but then I have created a separate “blog” page to display my latest blog post.

So my reader settings look like this:

Also, you can change the number of blog posts shown per page on your blog and on your RSS feed. And you can also choose to show only a fraction of each blog post or show your entire content on your RSS feed.

Finally, if you do not want the search engines to index your blog (or show your website on search results), you can “discourage search engines from indexing this site”

  1. Discussion

“Discussion Settings” lets you change several options related to the default WordPress comment system.

For example, you can completely turn comments off for all blog posts, “People can post comments on new articles” or choose to turn off comments on older blog posts automatically with X numbers.

  1. Media

“Media Settings” lets you change the thumbnail sizes of images placed in the blog post, and usually you do not need to edit these settings because they are automatically set by WordPress theme that you are using .

You can also control how your uploaded files are organized. By default, WordPress organizes your uploads for months and years.

That is, if you upload a file in August 2015, then WordPress will put it in http://www.example.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08folder (automatically by creating folders: “2015” and ” 08 “).

If you uncheck “Organize my upload in month-and-year-based folders”, all your uploads will be placed in http://www.example.com/wp-content/uploads/ (in an unorganized manner) .

  1. Permalinks

“Permalink Settings” lets you change the format of your blog post and the pages of the permanent URL. Whether the default permalink format of WordPress is either long or no, therefore the user / search is favorable.

Basically, WordPress itself is called default Permalink “ugly”. And this is usually the format of http://www.example.com/year/month/day/post-name/ or http://www.example.com/?p=123 format.

You can customize the way you want it by using a custom format like http://www.example.com/post-name/ (if you want to keep it short and make search engine optimization) or Some .example.com / archives / post-number / like http: // www (if you like numbers). You can go here to learn more about available permalink formats.

You can also change the URL structure of the categories and tags on your blog. The default Permalink format of a category store page is: http://www.example.com/category/category-name/ and the default Permalink format of the Tag Archives page is: http://www.example.com/tag/tagname /.

Actually, I just realized that I changed the default tag base name for a long time and I do not know why I did this. So, that means if I change my tag base URL name once again (back to default), then it can create many error pages.


Tools gives you some other extensions and plugins (from any other blog or publishing platform) and to export the blog content (on any other blog) to improve your productivity and import.

  1. Available tools

The “Available Tools” includes a web browser bookmarklet that lets you create blog posts using a fraction of the web page.

You can use it to clip an article or even an image from a web page, and then edit and add your content and publish it.

Again, you do not have to do this tool until you actually need it.

  1. Import

Import lists some of the plugins that you can use to import content from any other blogging or publishing platform.

For example, you can easily migrate your blog content from any other WordPress blog or blogger.com blog in just a few clicks. Just make sure you know what you are doing or you do not touch these devices at all. 🙂

It also lists a “Categories and Tag Converter” that you can use to convert your categories to tags or vice versa.

  1. Export

Export tools can be used to create an XML version of your blog content so that you can store it or use it to export your content to another WordPress blog.

You can either export your posts and pages or export all your content (including posts, pages, comments, categories, tags, custom fields, etc.).

Again, you do not need it unless you want to make backup copies of your blog or copy / paste your blog content onto any other WordPress site.

Closing thoughts

Sidebar menus and its submenus are different for different wordpress sites because it depends on active and theme plugin.

It basically means that when you activate and deactivate the plugin and the theme, your sidebar menu options may increase or decrease. However, the default WordPress sidebar is clearly similar to everyone.

As always, you can use tabs that pull “Help” available on each WordPress Admin page to get additional information about the various settings available on that particular page.

Have a question Tell me about them as a comment below or I’ll be back soon with level 3.0 settings and features. 😉

Harvilas Meena

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