General Settings

The General Settings SubPanel enables you to save web site-wide preferences. You can find all settings discussed in this section under the General O Settings SubPanel.

One of the first options you will want to set is your blog title and tagline. Blog Title and Tagline are the first two options listed. The blog title is the title of your web site, and the tagline is a short description of your web site. The blog title and tag fields are generally used in the header of most themes and also all generated RSS and Atom feeds.

Make sure to enter your web site e-mail address. This is the web site administrator's e-mail, and is used for web site notices like new user notifications, new comments, and so on.

FIGURE 2-10: Upgrade notice displayed when a new version of WordPress i s released

FIGURE 2-10: Upgrade notice displayed when a new version of WordPress i s released

The WordPress address and Blog address settings are normally set to your web site's URL. However, it is possible to run WordPress in a different directory from your blog. This technique allows WordPress to power your web site's root without WordPress files being installed in the root directory. For example, WordPress can run at http: //example.com while your WordPress files are actually stored at http: //example.com/wordpress. This helps keep your root directory clean from all WordPress-related files but still power your primary web site.

The General Settings section also allows you to change the date and time settings in WordPress. Custom date and time can also be configured using date format strings as used in PHP's date formatting functions. You can also set the starting day of the week with the Week Starts On option. The Timezone in WordPress is in UTC format. WordPress currently does not auto update for Daylight Savings Time, but plugins are available that can accomplish this for you. This feature will be added in a future release of WordPress.

Allowing user registration is a one-checkbox setting. This option enables or disables membership registration on your web site. The new user registration page is located at http: //example.com/wp-register.php when this option is enabled. You can also set the default user role. Subscriber is the default, but you can grant all users writing permissions by setting this to Author. This would open your blog to strangers publishing any content on your web site, so a better method is discussed below.

One common technique is to allow new users to write posts and submit them for review. To do this, enable Membership and set the New User Default Role to Contributor. This gives all new users the ability to write posts and submit them to you for review, or any user with Editor-level access or above. You can publish, edit, or delete the submitted post.

Keep in mind that allowing open registration and post writing permissions is asking for a spam assault on your web site, so make sure to install a good CAPTCHA plugin for new user registrations.

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