WordPress General Settings After New Install

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After installing WordPress, your hands will likely be itching to get started designing your website. But before you do that, it is important to set up the WordPress general settings.

In this tutorial I will show you which general settings you need to adjust in the WordPress dashboard after a new installation. 

I will explain everything step by step so you know exactly what to do!

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WordPress general settings after install

To start off, I will briefly go through the general settings in the WordPress dashboard. Go to the left navigation menu and hover over Settings and click on General.

1) WordPress settings - general


Site title and tagline

At the top of the page you will see the fields Site Title and Tagline. You can use the fields to describe what your website is about.

For this tutorial I am going to make an example website about  luxury watches. To be more specific I want to create an informative blog website with interesting information for people who love luxury watches. So for this example I adjust the Site Title to: Top 10 luxury watch brands reviews

2) Site Title WordPress

After that I adjust the Tagline to:
Reviews to help you decide which luxury watch brands you need to add to your collection.

3) Tagline WordPress


WordPress Address (URL) & Site Address (URL)

In the previous tutorial, I have already added the s after http in both fields to set up the SSL certificate. This provides the website with a secure connection so make sure that’s set up properly.

4) WordPress Address URL and Site Address URL

You can leave the Administration Email Address, Membership, New User Default Role on the default settings.

Site language 

You can set a specific language for displaying the WordPress dashboard. In this case I’ll leave it at English.

5) WordPress Site Language

After that you can also choose how the Timezone, Date Format and Time Format are displayed. In this case I will leave everything as it is and now you can click on Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

6) Save Changes


Other Settings

In the menu you can see that below the Settings option next to General there are a number of other options. I will briefly show you and also mention where to pay attention to and which settings you can leave at default.

7) Other Settings

The first option is Writing and you do not have to do anything with this and you can leave it on the default settings.

8) Writing Settings

Now click on Reading in the navigation menu.

Over here you can select the homepage for the website as the static page when you are finished designing it. We will get to that later in this series so for now you don’t have to do anything yet.

9) Reading Settings WordPress

You can also leave the settings for Discussion on default.

10) WordPress Discussion settings

The same goes for the Media settings as you can leave everything here as it is as well.

11) WordPress Media settings

Now go to the Permalinks and over here it is important that the Post Name option is selected. Usually this is already the case by default.

The permalinks determines how the URL of the pages is displayed in the browser. With this setting the postname is used after the domain name.

12) WordPress permalinks settings

By using relevant keywords in the title of your pages and posts, these are also automatically added to the URL.

The last option in the menu is Privacy and you can leave everything at the default settings over here as well.

13) Privacy settings WordPress



Another thing I want to mention before finishing up this tutorial is that you if you see a notification over here at Updates you can click on it to see what it’s all about.

14) Updates WordPress

Make sure that you have the latest version of WordPress installed, and if that’s not the case you can just update it by clicking the update button. The picture below doesn’t show the Update button because the latest version has already been installed, so now there is only a Re-Install Now button on the image.

15) WordPress updates

At Plugins there is nothing because we haven’t downloaded any yet. I will explain everything about this in a separate tutorial.

17) WordPress plugins updates

And at the bottom of the page you will see if any updates are available for the themes. Theme updates can be ignore for now because I will delete those 4 themes anyway and install another theme later on.

So for now you don’t have to do anything with this because I will also explain everything about WordPress themes in a seperate tutorial in this series.

18) WordPress themes updates

Now we’re already done with all the basic settings we had to check and adjust before we go over to do the pages and posts settings for the website and also install a free theme and some WordPress plugins

Check out this tutorial to learn how to set up the site icon with the Hello Theme for WordPress.

You can watch the video tutorial on YouTube over here.

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In the next tutorial I am going to explain everything about Pages and Posts settings for your website.

It’s highly recommended to install a SSL certificate to make sure your site has a secure connection. Check out this tutorial to learn how to install a SSL certificate for your WordPress website with SiteGround.