A roundup of Settings – have you optimised your blog properly yet?

Settings in a blog refer to time and datesI’ve been busy again on my Beginner Bloggers blog, creating a series of posts about the Settings area.

This is somewhere that all bloggers really ought to visit on their blog. There is always something that you could optimise to make your blog perform better.

I’ve mostly focused on WordPress.com blogs, but there is an extra post at the end specially for WordPress.org users, so you don’t feel left out.

Here are the selection of (riveting!) titles that say exactly what’s in the tin:

Understanding the Settings: General

Settings in a blog refer to time and datesIn the excitement of creating a new blog, after coping with all the upselling tactics that WordPress.com throw at you to get you to spend money with them (they don’t really like you having a free blog), the poor old Settings section is rarely bothered with a visit.

Yet this is an area that should not be neglected. There is a lot going on here that could make a big difference to your blog and how it performs.

I like to think of the Settings as being the boring but necessary bits of looking after an engine, such as how to check the oil or where to put the windscreen wash. Anyhow, at least knowing that these exist and what it contains won’t do you any harm.  Read more here

Understanding the Settings: Writing

Settings Writing In my previous blog Understanding the Settings: General  I introduced this section and helped you to:

  • name your blog properly
  • give your blog a strapline
  • set the correct timezone for your blog
  • customise the date and time of when you post
  • explain the week start option
  • make sure you’re using the right language

and it’s now time to move onto the Writing page.  Read more here

Understanding the Settings: Reading

Settings ReadingOK, we’re into Day 3 of my series about how to set up the Settings in your WordPress.com blog.

Basically, if you are able set your Settings correctly from the beginning, it will help you understand and run your blog much more effectively and efficiently.

There are elements in WordPress.com blogs that aren’t in WordPress.org blogs, and vice versa, so it looks like I’ll have to do an appendix to this series especially for self-hosted blogs so that they don’t feel left out!  Read more here

Understanding the Settings: Discussion

Settings DiscussionOne thing about blogs that make them different from websites is the ability for readers to leave a comment.

If you come across a website that allows you to comment, it’s probably a blog in disguise! Seriously. It’s very easy to adapt your blog into website, you just add pages to it.

So here’s my post that exploring the Discussions page in a WordPress.com blog that refers to commenting, to make sure you protect yourself from spam and make the commenting process easier for your readers.  Read more here

Understanding the Settings: Sharing

Settings SharingWe’re making great strides in this series about understanding the Settings within WordPress.com. But the more observant amongst you will probably have noticed I’ve skipped a page!

Yes, I’ll be covering Media next, so please be patient! However, the Sharing page is very interesting, and probably provides a lot of fabulous facilities that makes a blog work well.  Read more here

Understanding the Settings: Media and Ratings

Settings Media and RatingsThis is the last post for the WordPress.com Settings, and now we’re going to be dealing with the pages in between the ones I have already covered: General; Writing; Reading; Discussion and Sharing.

Those were the biggies. Now I’ll quickly whisk through two other pages (Media and Ratings) that a beginner blogger should be aware of, pointing out the bits you ought to know about. Don’t worry, there isn’t much.  Read more here

Understanding the Settings: Extras

Settings: WordPress permalinksI’ve finished going through the Settings in WordPress.com (having covered General; Writing; Reading; Discussion; Sharing and Media and Ratings), but I noticed that there were some differences on a self-hosted WordPress.org blog.

Therefore I felt compelled to make the final post in this series explain this, particularly for beginner bloggers who are using WordPress.org. Here the Settings section has been simplified and reduced, but if you install plugins, some may place their own settings pages into that area.  Read more here

Enjoy! And after you’ve set your Settings properly, let me know if it has made a difference to your blog.

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Alice Elliott writes the award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog for beginner and post-beginner bloggers to “explain things really simply” about blogging and WordPress. She provides simple, easy to understand, highly visual courses and tutorials using ordinary, everyday words. Visit her new Beginner Bloggers blog to find her latest learning resources.
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