Initial Settings

Getting Started on Your WordPress site: Initial Settings

Some of the first things to do to get started on the right foot.

Here are some initial settings that I highly recommend after a fresh install of your WordPress site. These particular settings are for your Student website, so some of these are specific to this website, but they are all things to be considered when beginning any self-hosted WordPress website.

For this exercise we will be only covering what is essential to start out with. There are other areas in the Settings area that we will gloss over for now, but will return to them when we cover the related topics.

Were are my Settings?

In the Dashboard menu sidebar look down to the bottom for Settings, clicking on this reveals a drop-down menu of all the default settings areas.


  • Site Title : This is where your website Title information is generated from.
  • Tagline : Your website subtitle.
  • Email address : When I installed the student sites I set these to the class email. If you want email from the website sent to you, as when we create a Contact Form, you may change this to your own email address.
  • Timezone : Pertaining to posts where the time-posted is displayed.


Search Engine Visibility –  Because this is just a test site we will check this box. Typically if your site is still under development you will check this. Always be sure to un-check it when your website is complete and ready for the world.

I’ll discuss the remaining settings in the Reading area when we cover Menus.


Default article settings

Uncheck the first three boxes:

  • Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article
  • Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks)
  • Allow people to post comments on new articles

I’ll explain why we need to do this for our student sites. We will discuss the rest of the settings in the Discussion area when we talk about Comments.



Common Settings :

Check off Post Name

The default setting is not desirable. I’ll explain the benefits of having the Post Name in the permalink.

One more setting in the Dashboard


You are welcome to create your own username and password for your student website. It’s good practice to understand this, but if you feel like playing is safe, feel free to stick to your assigned Student Number Name you are welcome to do so. You can change this at any time.

  1. Click on at the top where it says Add New
  2. Fill in the required boxes and the other boxes if desired.
  3. Role – make sure this says “administrator”  !important.

Note: There are also admin color schemes you can chose.

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