Separate from your account settings, you have site settings, which can be configured separately for each site that’s part of your WordPress.com account. In this video, Carrie walks you through each of the available configuration options from changing your site title to controlling whether your site is publicly visible or private.
- [Instructor] There are your account settings that we've already talked about, and then there are your individual site settings. These can be configured separately for each site that's part of your WordPress.com account. To access site settings, start with the My Site tab, and from there, select the site that you want to manage. In my case, I just have the one, so next I'm going to scroll down, and from the Configure menu, select settings. For this movie, we'll just take a look at the general settings. This lets you control how your site is displayed, things like the title, tagline, site address, and more. The first thing we have here is this site title. Earlier, I named it Dils Dogs when we were creating this account. This is displayed in the title bar of a web browser, and in the header for most themes. And let's take a little look. If I scroll up here, just under My Site I can say View Site, which shows me a preview of my website, or I can click this Visit Site button which shows me what my website would look like to a visitor. And here, you can see I've got the Dils Dog title, and Dils Dog up here in the title bar. Now, you may be wondering what any of this is, since we haven't looked at the front end of the site yet. When you create a new WordPress.com account, it comes prepopulated with a little bit of sample content, like this blog post here, and with the default theme. We'll customize all of this later, but I wanted to mention what we're looking at here. Now, back to our site title. As far as that goes, it can be anything that you want. It doesn't have to be the same as your blog's URL, or your username. Change it to your business name or whatever best reflects your site's personality and topic. By the way, no matter what you change your site title to, your site address or domain is always going to stay the same. Next up is your tagline. This is a short description to describe what your website is about. Not every theme will display a tagline, but when they do, it's typically in the header or a sidebar of your site. Let's try it out. I'll save the settings, and if we go back to the site and click refresh, right there we can see the tagline showing up underneath the site title. Then we've got this site icon. This is totally optional, but can be a really nice touch. If you choose to upload a site icon, it'll replace this little WordPress logo in the browser tab. Some images work better than others. A simple logo or piece of line art will look cleaner than, say, a photo of my dogs, but that's what I've got to work with, so I'll go ahead and upload it. I'm uploading this image via my site's media library. We'll talk quite a bit about that later. I'll select the photo, click Continue, crop it square, and say Done. Note that the site icon does need to be cropped square and at least 512 pixels wide. Let's go ahead and save those settings, and if we come back and refresh, we'll see if it appears. And there they are, Bert and Major. Next up on our general site settings we have the site address. The only way to change this is to pay for a custom domain, or map an existing domain you have to the site. If you choose one of those options, there are links here for instructions of how to do those things. The language options let you select the language to use for some of the theme text shown to your blog visitors. For example, if you were to select a RTL language such as Hebrew, then the themes language would mirror itself so that it can be read properly from right to left. As I mentioned earlier, when setting the language for your account or for your site, this option doesn't translate any of the content that you write. We also have an option here to set a time zone for our site. When you create an account, it defaults to UTC+0, but you can update that to reflect your actual timezone. Then, whenever you publish content or write a comment, it'll show up with a timestamp that matches your time zone. As always, if you're making any changes along the way, be sure you're clicking that Save Settings. The next setting's for your site's visibility. You've got three options here. Public, which lets search engines index your site, hidden, which asks search engines not to index your site, and note that your site is still publicly accessible and it's possible that a search engine could index it, this option just discourages that. A great example of when you might set your site's visibility to this option is when you're still getting your site ready for launch. It's not quite ready for the world to see, so you don't necessarily want search engines picking it up. The last option is to set your site as private. If you do this, the only people who can view your site are those you specifically invite to do so. Next, we've got this option to change the default footer credit. If I go back to my site, that's this little bit of text that appears in the footer on every single page. Later on when we're customizing our site, I'll show you some more options there. Our last set of general site settings are a handful of site tools. You can change your site's address, which is just a repeat of what we saw earlier on this page, there's import and export, which I'll address in a different lesson, and then there's these last two options. These are what I like to call the go nuclear options. You have the Delete your content, which keeps your URL and site active, but removes all your content. This could be helpful if you're experimenting with your site, maybe like you'll do after watching this course, and then you want to start over with a clean slate. Then there's the Delete your site permanently option. There's no turning back from this one. It removes all your content including images, and your site address, assuming it's not a custom domain. Once you delete a site, it's gone forever.
- Creating a WordPress.com account
- Editing your profile
- Publishing posts and pages
- Inserting images, videos, and other media
- Customizing your site with themes and widgets
- Managing users, notifications, and comments
- The limits of WordPress.com and the benefits of self-hosting