In WordPress Basics Part 3 you will learn how to set up blog’s permalinks and make general settings in WP Dashboard. And therefore how to change blog’s URL structure from http://myinternetstory.com to more SEO friendly http://www. myinternetstory.com – this is one of the most important WP setting you have to make in order to increase traffic to your blog.
Log into WP Dashboard. Find on left side Settings section and click Permalinks.:
Select Custom Structure and put /%pastname% and click Save Changes as shown above.
Now go again to Settings section and click General.:
- Site Title. This is the title of your blog. The title that you enter here will be displayed in the page header, RSS feeds, and in the title bar of your web browser.
- Tagline. Here you can enter what you want. But remember it is a brief description of the subject matter of your blog.
- WordPress Address (URL). This is the address at which all files of the entire WP system are placed.
- Site Address (URL). This is the address at which your blog will be displayed. By default this address is the same as the URL of the page/site, but it can also be different. In order not to make too much fuss leave it the same as the address above.
- E-mail Address. Here you enter your e-mail address to which you will receive administrative information relating to WordPress. By default this is the same address given when installing WordPress using Fantastico at HostGator. Read : How to install WordPress via Fantastico at HostGator.
- Membership. Check this box if you are going to allow other people access to your blog by setting up accounts and access to the administration panel.
- New User Default Role. If you checked the above Membership now you have to determine what permissions people registered to your blog will have. You can choose : Subscriber/Administrator/Editor/Author/Contributor. Remember rather for safety reasons not to select Administrator, as this option gives others very wide power. And you do not want “others” to have the same access to your blog as you have.
- Timezone. Select your time zone. By default time zone of blog’s hosting supplier will be set if nothing is selected.
- Date Format. Select how you want the date to be displayed. It does not matter what you choose.
- Time Format. Select how you want time format to be displayed on the blog.
- Week Starts On. Mark the day as the first day of the week, usually all point out Monday. If you set, for example Wednesday, as first day of the week, it will appear in calendar as the first day of the week. Of course, you still need to set the calendar as a widget in the sidebar, to be visible on the blog.
- Save Changes. Do not forget to click Save Changes. Now, all your settings will be saved and displayed on the blog.
Now you know how to set up blog’s general settings and permalinks. In WordPress Basics Part 4. – I’m going to show you how to set up blog’s writing and reading.