Mar 222015

First Time Blogging WordPress Admin Settings talks about the admin settings for General, Writing, Reading, Discussion, Media and more.

Last Updated: May 29, 2018

Latest News: I have updated the information below.

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There are a few admin settings you need to check and set up before you are ready to publish your blog. The following steps will help you achieve this. They are straight forward and easy to understand.

Note: You must be logged in as an administrator to make the following changes.

First Time Blogging WordPress Settings

Step 1 ) Log into your site as an Administrator and go to Settings in the sidebar menu to check the following admin options.

WP Admin Settings

  • General
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Discussioin
  • Media
  • Permalinks
  • Privacy


General Settings

Step 2 ) Log in as an Administrator and go to Settings -> General and check the following options.

  • Site Title
  • Tagline = In a few words, explain what this site is about.
  • WordPress Address (URL)
  • Site Address (URL) = Enter the address here if you want your site homepage to be different from the directory you installed WordPress.
  • E-mail Address = This address is used for admin purposes, like new user notification.
  • Membership = Anyone can register
  • New User Default Role
  • Timezone = Choose a city in the same timezone as you.
  • This timezone is currently in standard time.
  • This timezone does not observe daylight saving time.
  • Date Format
  • Time Format
  • Week Starts On
  • Site Language
  • Click on Save Changes button when you finish setting up these options.

Writing Settings

Step 3 ) Go to Settings -> Writing and check the following options.

  • Formatting = Convert emoticons like :-) and :-P to graphics on display, WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically
  • Default Post Category
  • Default Post Format
  • Default Link Category
  • Click on Save Changes button when you finish setting up these options.

Reading Settings

Step 4 ) Go to Settings -> Reading and check the following options.

  • Front page displays = Your latest posts or A static page (select below) Front page: Posts page:
  • Blog pages show at most
  • Syndication feeds show the most recent
  • For each article in a feed, show = Full text or Summary
  • Search Engine Visibility = Discourage search engines from indexing this site “It is up to search engines to honor this request.”
  • Click on Save Changes button when you finish setting up these options.

Discussion Settings

Step 5 ) Go to Settings -> Discussion and check the following options.

  • Default article settings
  • Other comment settings
  • E-mail me whenever
  • Before a comment appears
  • Comment Moderation
  • Comment Backlinks
  • Avatars = I recommend the following plugin WP User Avatar to manage your avatars.
  • Click on Save Changes button when you finish setting up these options.

Media Settings

Step 6 ) Go to Settings -> Media and check the following options.

  • Thumbnail size
  • Medium size
  • Large size
  • Uploading Files
  • Click on Save Changes button when you finish setting up these options.

Permalinks Settings

Step 7 ) Go to Settings -> Permalinks and check the following options.

Note: You might like to check the following documentation wordpress-permalinks-setup to learn more.

Common Settings

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


  • Category base
  • Tag base
  • Click on Save Changes button when you finish setting up these options.

Privacy Settings

Step 8 ) Go to Settings -> Privacy and check the following options as illustrated in the following image.

  • Select one of your privacy policy pages created and click on Use This Page button.
  • Or click on Create New Page button to create a new privacy policy page.



Click on the following URL Install plugins to continue with the setup.

You can also check my WordPress setup tutorials. I am constantly adding new ones.

If you have any questions please let me know. I will be updating this post from time to time so keep coming back for the latest.


First Time Blogging Using WordPress List:

Manuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

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