WORDPRESS Tips and Tricks FOR BEGINNERS: 7 WordPress SETTINGS Every New WordPress User Should Know

WORDPRESS Tips and Tricks FOR BEGINNERS: 7 WordPress SETTINGS Every New WordPress User Should Know


What are the best settings for your
WordPress website? WordPress powers over 30% of the web and allows users to build
amazing websites. The problem is there are a lot of settings that need to be
configured in the beginning and I’ve met with so many of you who end up feeling
overwhelmed and confused. The good news is in today’s video I’m going to share
with you WordPress tips and tricks for beginners
specifically 7 settings that every new WordPress user should know. I want to
welcome you to the WordPress Made Easy show. My name is Jennifer Franklin and I
help entrepreneurs create and grow their online business websites quickly
without stressing out over design or tech. If you’re new here I’d love it if
you considered subscribing and ring the bell to get notified of upcoming videos. In today’s video, I’m going to share with
you seven settings every new WordPress user should know. And they are: your site
title and tagline, your admin email, membership, new user default role, your
home page displays, search engine visibility, and lastly permalinks. To get
started let’s log into your WordPress website dashboard and we’re going to
scroll down to settings and we’ll start with general. First up the site title and
tagline. The first thing you’ll want to configure is your site title and tagline.
Let me take you back out to the front of the website to show you what I’m talking
about. Here when you hover over the tab in the browser you’ll notice that when I
hover over the tab it says “personal blog – just another WordPress website.” Can you
see that there? So personal blog – just another WordPress site.” Now let’s
head back over to the general settings page and I’m going to want to give the
site title – I want to change that to my business name. So for my site title in
this example I’m just going to use BUSINESS NAME. For tagline you can
explain what your WordPress website is about, you can use keywords, or you can
just choose to leave it off. The last thing you want to do is leave it “just
another WordPress site.” So to make your website more professional you’ll
want to use your motto, your tagline, or a few keywords telling users what your
WordPress website is about. In this example, I’m just going to choose to
set my tagline as “mindset and success coach.” The admin email address is the
email where you will receive information about your WordPress website. This was
set up when you first created your WordPress website. We’re still here on
the general settings page and when you scroll down to administration email
address you will have the email address you used when you first created your
WordPress website. This email address is for admin purposes and this is just
where you will receive information from WordPress about your WordPress website.
You want to make sure that this is an email address that you are able to
receive email at. If you need to change this email address you would simply
enter the new email address into the box and click on Save Changes at the bottom.
You will then receive an email confirmation that you need to click
through in order to confirm the changes. The next setting is membership.
Are you going to allow users to register on your site? If so you will need to head
over to the general settings on your WordPress website and check the box for
allow users to register and here’s how. Back over on the general settings tab of
your WordPress dashboard you can scroll down to membership. For most WordPress
users you can safely leave this unchecked. However if you’re going to be
adding a membership site or sometimes to allow users to comment you will need
to check the box “anyone can register.” This will allow users to register
through a registration form on your WordPress website. The next setting is
new user default role. The new user default role allows you to determine
what level of access your new users will have on your WordPress website. Now back over on the general settings tab of your WordPress dashboard right below the
membership setting is the new user default role. The default role for a new
user is subscriber. This allows users to edit their profiles and comment on your
website. The next level is a contributor. Contributors can write and save posts but not publish them whereas the next level authors can write posts,
save posts, and publish them. The fourth level is an editor. Editors can write and
publish posts as well as those created by other users. So an editor would be
nice for a person to oversee all the blog posts on your WordPress website and
finally administrators have all access to your WordPress website. The default
setting of subscriber is typically the best setting for most WordPress users and again it is very important to limit administrator
access to your WordPress website only those you know and trust. To recap the
general settings allows you to set your site title and tagline, your
administration email address, you can allow users to register, and choose the
new user default role. Once you have made those changes you’re going to want to
make sure to scroll down and click on Save Changes. How are you guys doing so
far? I hope this video is helping to ease your confusion and frustration around
WordPress settings. The next setting that is really important and where I see a
lot of new WordPress users get stuck is how to set your homepage and your blog
posts page. How do I get my homepage to display on the home page and how do I
set my blog post to appear on the blog post page? This is a question I get and
hear from a lot of you. Or maybe you’re trying to put your blog posts on your
home page? Well you can do this all in your settings and I will show that to
you right now. Over on the left hand side when you scroll down to settings and
reading you will be able to set your home page and blog posts page. At the
very top it says your home page displays. Now there are a couple options here. The
first option is your latest posts. So if we set our home page to display our
latest posts I’ll save changes and I’ll let you see what that looks like. Our
home page now shows our blog posts. So it will just show your blog posts all just
like a blog post page that’s set to your home page. For most WordPress websites
you will want to have a separate home page from your blog post page. To do this
we head back over to our dashboard and scroll down to settings and reading.
In order to set a separate home page and blog post page you will go ahead and
click on a static page and then under home page you can choose from your list
of pages which page you want to display on the home page. So we can choose our
page named home for our home page and next I’m going to choose the page that
you want your blog posts to appear on. Now when I scroll through my list of
pages I don’t see a blog post created yet. So in order to designate our post page I’m going to want to create a page for those
blog posts to appear on. I’m going to do that really quick. I’m going to click
on new and page. I’m going to go ahead and name my page
blog and click on publish and publish again. Now when I view this page you can
see that there are no blog articles here yet, so I’m going to head back to the
reading settings page and we’ll start again and we’ll click a
static page and we’ll select our home page.
we’ll choose home and for our post page we’re going to choose blog. Now let’s go
ahead and click Save Changes. Now for our home page you’ll see that it’s now our
home page displaying on the home page not our blog page and when we head over
to our new blog page if i refresh this we should now see our blog posts appear
on our created blog page like so. The next setting is crucial to your
WordPress website being found in search and that is the search engine visibility
setting. One way to ensure that your WordPress website is found in search is
to make sure that your WordPress setting is configured properly for search engine
visibility. We’re still here on the reading settings tab and we’ve
configured our home page displays as we set our home page as our home page and
our post page as our blog page. Now as we scroll down there is the search engine
visibility check box. In order to allow search engines to crawl and index your
site you will want to make sure that you leave this box unchecked. So where it
says discourage search engines from indexing the site do not check that box.
Now if you are a website that is still being created and developed then yeah
it’s okay to have that box checked but once your website goes live you want to
come back and make sure that you’ve unchecked that box so that your website
can be discovered in search. Once you’ve made those changes go ahead and click on
Save Changes. The last setting that we are going to cover today is permalinks.
This is another really important setting that I think we should talk about.
Permalinks is another really important setting that you need to get set up in
the beginning because once your website is live and you’ve been creating pages
and posts for a while you’re not going to be able to easily change this setting.
To demonstrate this I’m going to create a new post and we’ll give it the name of
NEW BLOG POST and click on publish and publish. Once our new blog post is live I can
click on view posts and in this address bar you’ll see that
our website address forward slash is a question mark P equals two two five six.
Now in the past this actually served a purpose to serve website pages faster;
however, today it’s not necessarily valuable. But what is valuable is having
a URL that is easy to remember and that tells search engines what our website is
about so I like to use either the title of my page or post here or a keyword. So
to change our permalinks we will go to our dashboard and scroll down to
settings and permalinks. Now you’ll see here that our default setting is PLAIN
and that just means it includes like a question mark P equals and then some
numbers. Now in order to change that to pretty or in order to change that to
something where your title will be used as the URL you’re going to want to check
post name. Then this gives you an example that just the title will follow your
domain name and we’ll click on Save Changes. Now here’s what happens when I
create that same blog post again. So I’ll click on new post. Let me call it NEW BLOG POST and click
on publish and publish. Let’s view the post. Now you’ll notice in the address bar
it’s my domain name /new-blog-post. This is what will happen when you set
your permalinks to post name. It is a much nicer, cleaner, prettier URL to use.
You can change each individual page or posts slug by going to EDIT POST and
then over on the right hand side you can click on permalink and where it says URL
slug “new – blog – post” is the default post name. I can change that if I wanted
to just say “new post” for example and then hit update. Now when I view my post you’ll see
that the slug which is the part that follows your domain name is now changed
to “new – post.” Just a little trick for you when you’re creating posts and pages
that if you have a really long title and you want to shorten that or you want to create a different slug to follow your domain name for that particular
page you can easily do that under the EDIT POST or EDIT PAGE. A word of caution here: you want to make sure you set your permalinks up in the beginning of
building your WordPress website. If you decide to change your permalinks once
you have an established WordPress website you will end up breaking all of
your links and when someone clicks on the link to your website they will end
up getting a 404 error and you do not want that. So it’s very important that
you get your permalinks set up in the beginning before you get started
building your WordPress website. Thank you so much for watching I hope you
found this video useful or I shared with you 7 settings every new WordPress user
should know. If you’re new here I’d love it if you considered subscribing and
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next video. 🙂


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