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.
- [Voiceover] 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 these settings, start with the My Site tab. From there, select the site you want to manage. In this case, I only have the one. Next, click on Settings in the Configure section. We'll start with the general settings, and then look at each of these other top level options in sequence. The General settings let you control how your site is displayed, such as the title, the tagline, language, and visibility.
The first thing we have is the site title. This is displayed in the title bar of a web browser, and is the header for most themes. As a matter of fact, you may have noticed earlier that my site title is a little too long for the allotted area in this default theme. Let's change that. I'll update my title to Essential Training save my settings, and then let's take a look. There, that's definitely better. So, your site title can be anything you like. 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's title to, your site URL will always stay the same. Next up is your tagline. This is a short description to describe what your blog is about. Not every theme will display a tagline, but when they do, it's typically in the header or sidebar of your site. After that, we have our 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. This language option lets you select the language to use for some of the theme text shown to your blog visitors.
If you select and RTL, or right to left language, such as Hebrew, then the themes layout will mirror itself so that the text can be properly read from right to left. As I mentioned earlier when setting the language for your account, this option doesn't translate any content that you write. As always, if you make any changes, be sure to click the save settings button. The next setting you have here is for your site's visibility. You have three options. One, to let search engines index your site, two, ask search engines not to index your site, note that your site is still publicly accessible if you do this, and it's possible that a search engine could index, 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 prime time, so you don't necessarily want the search engines picking it up. The last option is to set your site as private. If you do this, the only people that can view your site are those you specifically invite to do so. The next General setting is for related post. If you have a lot of content on your blog, this is a great way to help users find similar content on your site, all without you having to do anything, except check this option.
This feature pulls relevant content from your blog and displays it at the bottom of posts. If you want to show related posts, you can see a preview of how it looks here, both with a related header and images. Next, we have an opportunity to change the site address. This is a repeat of the site address settings we already looked at up here. Lastly, we have what I like to call the Go Nuclear Options. You have Start Over, which keeps the URL, but removes all the 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 Site option. There's no turning back from this one. It removes all of your content, including images, and your site address. Once you delete a site, it's gone forever. Our next setting option is Writings. The Default Post category lets you select the category to be applied to a post if you don't manually set a category before publishing. Likewise, the Default Post format lets you select the post format to apply to a post if you don't manually set one.
Not all themes support post formats, so depending on which theme you have enabled, you might not be able to see this option. I'm not going to linger here too long, as I'll go into more detail on both categories and post formats later in the course. Our last Writing option is for Press This. Press This is a really nifty tool for grabbing text from any site on the web and publishing it to your site really quickly. To learn how Press This works, check out this page in the Wordpress.com support section. Back to our settings, next we have some Discussion options to set.
This is where you can control how visitors and other sites interact with your site. First, you have your default article settings. There are site-wide settings you can configure but you can override any of these on individual posts or pages as needed. Next, we've gpt a number of comments settings. I suggest using Word Press defaults here, but know that you can get pretty granular on the details of how you'd like to handle comments on your site. For a full explanation of each of these options, check out the official documentation here. The Email Me Whenever options control when you get notified about new comments.
Earlier, we set some global notifications for our account, but this is where you can tailor notifications specifically for this site. Finally, you have comment moderation and comment black list options which can help you control which comments are ultimately published on your site. Personally, I like to manually approve comments for a couple of reasons. One, it helps me weed out spam, and two, it gives me the opportunity to respond to people who comment on my site at the same time I'm approving their comment. As with most things Word Press, you can always come back and change any of these settings later.
Our next site setting option is to associate your site with the Google Analytics account. This option is only available on the business account. Finally, we have Import. If you've previously had a blog on a different Word Press site, or even another service like Blogger or Tumblr, you can actually import that content into this site. For full details on how to import another site, just do a search from the help section within your profile.
- Creating a WordPress.com account
- Updating your profile
- Importing content
- Publishing posts
- Applying categories and tags to posts
- Inserting images, videos, and other media
- Creating a new page
- Customizing your site with themes and widgets
- Managing users, notifications, and comments
- Using WordPress.com apps
- The limits of WordPress.com and the benefits of self-hosting