WordPress basic configuration – best settings for beginners!

Looking into the settings of WordPress is the first thing you should do once you’ve installed WordPress. Essentially, it’s the basic configuration of your WordPress site. Here, we’ll show you the optimal settings and what you should pay attention to!

To begin, click on the “Settings” button at the bottom left of the admin bar. Here’s a brief overview before we delve into each point in more detail.​

Overview of settings

1

General

Basic settings, such as the website title or the date format.

2

Writing

Here you can set what happens to your posts once they are published.

3

Reading

Important settings that mainly affect your site’s visitors.

4

Discussion

Here you adjust the commenting function and make other settings that affect your blog.

5

Media

Default dimensions for your uploaded images and how they should be sorted.

6

Permalinks

Important for Google SEO! You can define here how WordPress should generate your links when a page or post is created.

7

Privacy

Important for GDPR compliance! Linking to your privacy policy.

8

Settings for individual plugins

Various plugins have their own settings that can be defined here once they are installed.

General

Let’s begin with the general settings of WordPress:

wordpress general settings

Site Title and Tagline
Enter here the relevant information for your website. You should note that the title appears in Google search results. Therefore, the chosen title should be clear and meaningful. Ideally, it should also include a keyword that you want your site to be found for online. You can configure how your title should appear in Google using the “Yoast SEO” plugin.

WordPress Address and Site Address (URL)
The URL of your website. This setting only differs if your homepage is not located in your WordPress installation directory. In most cases, the two entries are the same. Make sure to use HTTPS!

Administration Email Address
The email address you used to create your admin account for the WordPress backend. Important: Make sure that the address is reachable and that emails from it are regularly checked by you.

Membership
Registration should generally be kept deactivated unless you want to give users the opportunity to sign up and interact (in case of a blog or a online shop).

New User Default Role
You should leave it on “Subscriber” to ensure that the user doesn’t have administrative rights later on. You can easily define other user roles as needed.

Site Language
Set your language.

Date, Time and Week Start
Set up how you want to display date and time.

Writing

Here you can set the default category for your new posts, as well as the format (usually, you leave this setting as “Standard”). Additionally, you can also publish your posts as email, for example, in the form of a newsletter.

Reading


Here you can define whether your homepage should be a static page or your posts page, which makes sense for a blog. There, your latest posts will always be displayed. We recommend setting up a static homepage and possibly creating a section on the page with Elementor to display the latest posts. You should make the remaining settings according to your preferences.

Visibility for search engines
An important setting for Google visibility. As long as your website is under construction, you should check this box. Once the website is finished and ready for Google indexing, uncheck the box. The reason: if your site is unfinished, not yet optimized for SEO, or has broken links, it will negatively impact your site’s Google ranking!

Discussion

Here you can make all settings related to comments. This probably only concerns you if you have a larger blog with a members area or if you generally want users to be able to comment on your posts. Make the settings according to your needs!

Media

When you upload images to the WordPress media library, the system automatically creates multiple copies in different sizes. These different sizes are intended to improve website loading times and ensure that the image is displayed correctly in various areas of the website. Typically, the settings can be left as they are.

Permalinks

The presentation of your links is important for search engine optimization. Generally, it’s most sensible to set up a link structure using the last option “Custom Structure”. If you’re unsure, then choose “Post name” here, so the title of the page or post will be written into your URL.

Privacy

The last point in the basic settings is quickly done: Enter the page where visitors can find your privacy policy.

With that, the first step for your new website is done, and you can get started! If you need help, feel free to contact us anytime!