Updated March 12, 2016
If you’re new to WordPress, or you’ve used it a while but haven’t spent much time in Settings, here are some tips and tricks you might find helpful.
1. Change the tagline
Your Site Title should be correct from the installation process so now you can type in a tagline. A blank or default tagline (ex. “Just another WordPress site”) is not worthwhile to have attached to your new site.
Think of something short and punchy that describes your site well. Don’t worry, this can be changed later if needed. Include keywords if you can do so naturally.
Editing your tagline can be done in the General Settings. To get to your General Settings from your Dashboard, hover over (or click) the Settings link in the left column. Then click General.
Once you’re there, you’ll see several things you can edit.
2. Enter a working email address
If your main email address is not entered here, go ahead and put yours in. Notifications will be sent to this address.
3. Choose your timezone
This will ensure that any posts you schedule to publish automatically will be published at the time you intend.
4. How to post from anywhere on the web
Do you ever come across something on the internet you’d like to write a quick post about?
With the “Press This” bookmarklet in WordPress, you can do just that.
- Find the bookmarklet by going to Dashboard >Tools > Available Tools.
- Click & drag the bookmarklet to the bookmarks toolbar in your browser.
- Now, when you find something you want to post about while surfing, simply click “Press This” in your bookmarks toolbar and write your post!
5. How to remove blog posts from your front page
If your chosen theme makes your blog posts show up on your homepage, but you want to remove them and use a static page as your homepage instead, make these simple adjustments:
First, create the page you want to serve as your home page by going to Dashboard > Pages > Add New. Publish it.
- Go to Dashboard > Settings > Reading.
- Select the page you just created from the dropdown menu under Front page displays”> A static page > Front page.
- Save your changes.
6. How to create a page that displays posts within your site (not on your homepage)
If you would like to add a blog to your site but don’t want your home page to display your latest posts
- Create a page (again, Dashboard > Pages > Add New) entitled “Blog” or something similar. In the Page Attributes box in the right column, select Blog from the dropdown menu next to Template. Do not type anything in the post window. Hit Publish.
- Go to Dashboard > Settings > Reading. Under “Front page displays” > A static page > Posts page > Blog.
- Save your changes.
7. How to change the number of posts displayed on blog pages
Limiting the number of posts that show up your homepage or blog pages is often a good idea. (Check out the blog page on this site for an example.) Doing so can make your site load faster, especially if your posts are image-heavy. Also, fewer posts make it much easier for those reading on mobile because it cuts down on scrolling, especially if you have important elements that show up below your posts, such as links to your products, ads, etc.
To change the number of posts that display, in your WordPress Dashboard, go to Settings > Reading > “Blog pages show at most ___ posts.”
Don’t forget to save your changes!
WordPress tips for writing posts & pages
I’ve also shared several handy tips for writing individual posts or pages. Check those out here.