Setting General Options

I'll take you through the basic configuration of your blog next. To start, click the Options tab near the top of the page. You can see that you are editing "General Options," as shown in Figure 14-10. Within the options system, you can always check the top of the page to see where you are. The current subtab will be highlighted, and the title of the page will tell you which options you are editing.

Figure 14-10. General Options page

Here, you can see the blog title you entered when you ran the install script, as well as the blog tag line, which is like the tag line you find under a newspaper masthead. Change the default to something appropriate for your blog. Don't worry if you can't think of something witty or impressive just now. You can always change it later.

You generally don't need to change the WordPress address and Blog address fields unless you are doing something unusual with the location ofWordPress's files. Your e-mail address appears as the one you entered when you installed WordPress. If you need to change it, you can.

The next two options are about membership of your blog. If you want to run your blog as a community site, you might consider enabling these two options. The Anyone can register option causes a link to a registration form to appear on your main page. This allows new users to register themselves. By default, these newly registered users won't be able to post new stories. You need to promote them first, as described in Chapter 15.

The date and time options are self-explanatory. The software usually gets the time right based on your server's setting. You can use the setting "Times in the weblog should differ by"

to set the times for the blog posting to your local time, by putting a positive or negative number in this box. If UTC is showing 9:30 p.m. and it is 1:30 p.m. on your wristwatch, then set this to -8, for eight hours behind. If you don't like the default date and time display, click the link provided to read the documentation on PHP's date() function. For example, if you want to display the date as June 17, 2005, set the field to F j, Y.

Finally, the last item on the General Options page allows you to set on what day of the week your calendar should begin.

■ Note The calendar is not displayed when you use the Default theme, but does appear when you use the Classic theme. I'll cover how to switch themes in Chapter 16.

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