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WordPress General Settings

The General Settings is the default Screen in the Settings area of your WordPress administration. From here you can control some of the most basic configuration settings for your site: your site's title and location, who may register an account at your site, to select your site language and how dates and times are calculated and displayed.

Go to Adminsitration > Settings > General:

wordpress general settings

wordpress general settings

Site title

Enter the name of your site (or blog) here. Most themes will display this title, at the top of every page, and in the reader's browser title bar. If your theme is using header slider with multiple headings it will serve the titles from the slider configuration screen so no changes are required here. WordPress also uses this title as the identifying name for your Syndication feeds.


In a few words, explain what your site is about. Your sites's slogan, or tagline, might be entered here. A tagline is short phrase, or sentence, used to convey the essence of the site and is often funny or eye-catching. Similarly with the site title depending on your site theme this text might not be used.

WordPress Address (URL)

Enter the full URL of the directory containing your WordPress installation files. For example, if you installed WordPress into a directory called blog, then the WordPress address would be http://hostpulse-demo.com/blog.

Site Address (URL)

Enter the address you want people to type in their browser to reach your WordPress site. This is the directory where WordPress's main index.php file is installed. The Site address (URL) is identical to the WordPress address (URL) (above) unless you are giving WordPress its own directory.

E-mail Address

Enter the e-mail address to which you want WordPress to send messages regarding the administration and maintenance of your WordPress site. For example, if you allow new users to register as a member of your site, then a notification will be sent through e-mail to this address.


wordpress general settings

Anyone can register - Check this checkbox if you want anyone to be able to register an account on your site – a new link Register will appear in the Meta section of the default sidebar:

wordpress general settings

Clicking on this link will load a registration form on the next screen:

wordpress general settings

User must click the link in the email to set up the user password and to finish registration process. Make sure you are had not changed the default user role to administrator and to grant full access to your site to someone you may absolutely not know.

New User Default Role

This pull-down box allows you to select the default Role that is assigned to new users.

wordpress general settings

Important: Do not change the default user role here – let it stay at the lowest privileged role of Subscriber. If you want to change a user role the proper and safer way is to do it from Edit User screen.

Site Language

Select the language for your WordPress dashboard from the dropdown options:

wordpress general settings


From the pulldown box, choose either a city in the same timezone as you or a UTC timezone offset. Click the Save Changes button and the UTC time and Local time will display to confirm the correct Timezone was selected.

wordpress general settings

wordpress general settings

Date Format

The format in which to display dates on your site. The Date Format setting is intended to be used by theme designers in displaying dates on your site, but does not control how the date is displayed in the Administrative Screens (e.g. Manage Posts):

wordpress general settings

Time Format

The format in which to display times on your site. The Time Format setting is intended to be used by theme designers in displaying time on your site, but does not control how the time is displayed in the Administrative Screens (e.g. Write Post edit of timestamp):

wordpress general settings

Week Starts On

Select your preferred start date for WordPress calendars from the drop-down box. Monday is the default setting for this drop-down, meaning a monthly calendar will show Monday in the first column. If you want your calendar to show Sunday as the first column, then select Sunday from the drop-down:

wordpress general settings

Save Changes

Click the Save Changes button to ensure any changes you have made to your General Settings are saved to your database.

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