The General Settings are shown in Figure 3-6. You've already seen the first few options. The blog title and URLs shown here are the ones you chose during the installation process. The tagline is new; this is a brief description of your site that might be displayed near your blog title, depending on the theme you choose.

The Membership and Default Role options are useful if you want to start a group blog. If you allow visitors to sign up as users, you can allow them to contribute posts to your blog. I'll discuss WordPress user roles in depth in Chapter 10, but for now, here's a quick overview:

Subscribers can edit their own profiles and not much else.

Contributors can submit posts for editors' approval, but can't publish anything.

Authors can write and publish posts.

Editors can write and publish posts and pages. They can also publish posts and pages submitted by other users.

Administrators can do everything.

General visitors to your blog have no role at all. These five roles apply only to registered users. No matter what you choose as the default new user role, you can promote users later in the Users panel.

The rest of the settings on this page deal with date and time formats. You can set your local time zone and choose the date format you prefer. WordPress dates are formatted with the same strings that PHP's date() function uses; see for all your options.

The Week Starts On setting changes the way calendar grids are displayed. If you use a calendar archive widget in your sidebar, this setting determines which day begins the week.

Figure 3-6. The General Settings screen
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