The Most WordPress Basic Settings After Installing WordPress 2018

WordPress basic settings after installing wordpress

In this tutorial, we will learn about the basic settings of WordPress.

People are mostly confused about what to do after starting a blog?

After you installed WordPress, there are some WordPress basic settings to do.

These basic settings shows how your WordPress blog will be displayed.

Note: All the WordPress basic settings you will find under the Dashboard.

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9 WordPress Basic Settings After Installing WordPress 2018

Step-by-step 9 important settings for WordPress
Step-by-step 9 important settings for WordPress

WATCH THIS VIDEO: “Configuring Your Settings in WordPress” BY HostGator

WordPress updates its version, so some settings are changed, do not confuse. If you are not satisfied with this video, keep reading the article.

Delete Sample Content

Sorry, I already deleted the entire sample contents, so the image is not available

When you install WordPress, there are some sample contents.

You can find this content by default in the “Posts“, “Pages” and “Comments” sections.

To delete these sample contents, you need to perform a few simple steps.

Step 1: Go to Posts > All Posts page.

There is an sample post called “Hello World!” just simple click on Trash button.

Step 2: Go to Pages > All Pages page.

There is an Sample page, to delete this again click on Trash button.

Step 3: Go to Comments page.

Lastly, there is a comment called “A WordPress Commenter” delete it also by click on the Trash button.

Complete Your User Profile

Complete your user profile
Complete your user profile

Go to Users > Your Profile page.

In “Your Profile” section you can find some basic options.

  • Admin Color Scheme
  • Name
  • Contact Info
  • About Yourself
  • Profile Picture
  • Account Management

Admin Color Scheme: There are 8 different types of color schemes that allow you to change the color of the admin dashboard.

Name: Here you can change your name, which will be displayed to your users in the comments field.

Contact Info: Here you must fill out your e-mail address and the URL of your website.

About Yourself: Fill out a short bio about yourself, which is usually shown under “About the Author” section.

Profile Picture: Add your photo, which will show an image of the author’s profile.

Account Management: From here, you can restore your password to log in to your WordPress account.

General Settings

WordPress general settings
WordPress general settings

Go to Settings > General page.

In “General” section you can find some site settings.

  • Site Title
  • Tagline
  • WordPress Address (URL)
  • Site Address (URL)
  • Email Address
  • Membership
  • New User Default Role
  • Site Language
  • Timezone
  • Date Format
  • Time Format
  • Week Starts On

Site Title: Change you site name from here.

Tagline: Add you site slogan here.

WordPress Address (URL): Enter you site URL for example mine is 

Site Address (URL): Here also enter your site URL,

Email Address: Enter you email address here.

Membership: If you want to allow users to register on your site then check the box. If you want to allow people for guest posting then check this box.

New User Default Role: Here you need to select the default user role. Never use “Administrator” as the default user role for user registration.

Site Language: By default its “English (US)”, I suggest you leave it as it is. But if you want to change, you can do it from here.

Timezone: Select your timezone from here for example, if you from India then select UTC+05:30

Date Format: Select your date format from here.

Time Format: Select your time format from here.

Week Starts On: By default, its “Monday” I suggest you leave it as it is.

Writing Settings

WordPress writing settings
WordPress writing settings

Go to Settings > Writing page.

In this “Writing Settings” there are options such as.

  • Default Post Category
  • Default Post Format
  • Mail Server
  • Login Name
  • Password
  • Default Mail Category
  • Update Services

I suggest you leave this section as it is.

Reading Settings

WordPress reading settings
WordPress reading settings

Go to Settings > Reading page.

In “Reading Settings” section you can find some interesting settings.

  • Your homepage displays
  • Blog pages show at most
  • Syndication feeds show the most recent
  • For each article in a feed, show
  • Search Engine Visibility

Your homepage displays: If you want all your blog posts to be placed on your homepage, select “Your latest posts“. But if you want all of your blog posts on a separate page, select the “A static page“.

Blog pages show at most: Leave it as is, or if you want to change the number, you can do it.

Syndication feeds show the most recent: I also suggest you to leave it.

For each article in a feed, show: Here select “Summary” option.

Search Engine Visibility: Make sure that this box unchecked when your site is live. Checking this field allows search engines to completely avoid checking the content of the site, which means that the site will not be displayed in the search results.

Discussion Settings

WordPress discussion settings
WordPress discussion settings

Go to Settings > Discussion page.

In the “Discussion Settings” section, you improve the interaction of your site or blog with your users. Here you will see options such as:

  • Default article settings
  • Other comment settings
  • Email me whenever
  • Before a comment appears
  • Comment Moderation
  • Comment Blacklist
  • Avatar Display

Default article settings: As you can see, in this section there are 3 options available, make sure that all three windows are checked.

Other comment settings: This setting can help you prevent or reduce spam comments on your site or blog. In this section make sure you check these two boxes:

  • Comment author must fill out name and email
  • Enable threaded (nested) comments levels deep

And leave all the boxes unchecked.

Email me whenever: These settings allow you to receive email notifications when comments are made on your site. Make sure that both fields are checked.

Before a comment appears: This section is designed to help you manage site comments more effectively by limiting how and when comments are displayed.

Comment Moderation: In this section, you can deal with spam comments, I suggest you leave it as is.

Comment Blacklist: You can enter your own spam words that you do not want your visitors to enter in comments box.

Avatar Display: In this section, you can enable the display of avatars for visitors posting comments on your blog.

Media Settings

WordPress media settings
WordPress media settings

Go to Settings > Media page.

In “Media Settings” you will find 4 options such as:

  • Thumbnail size
  • Medium size
  • Large size
  • Uploading Files

Thumbnail size: Set the size of the thumbnail.

Medium size: Set the height and width of medium size images.

Large size: Set width and height of large size images.

Uploading Files: Check this box, it organize your uploads into month- and year-based folders.

Permalinks Settings

WordPress permalinks settings
WordPress permalinks settings

Go to Settings > Permalinks page.

This option allows you to create a custom URL structure for your permalinks and archives. There are 6 options available to choose your favorite permalink.

  • Plain
  • Day and name
  • Month and name
  • Numeric
  • Post name
  • Custom Structure

Here, I suggest you choose the Post name” permalink for your URL structure.

Privacy Settings

WordPress privacy settings
WordPress privacy settings

Go to Settings > Privacy page.

Here you need to add a privacy policy page to your WordPress blog.

The privacy policy is the document required by the law that discloses information gathered about visitors to your blog.


Your basic WordPress setup has been successfully completed.

Don’t forget to save the settings after all your settings are done. You can also save the settings separately in each section.

These settings are very easy to set up and very important for success. If you optimized your blog, then it will help you improve your search engine rankings.

You are now ready to write your first blog post on your WordPress blog.

I hope now you learn how to setup WordPress basic settings. 

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