Setting up WordPress Back Office Settings

Setting up WordPress Back Office
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Written by Simon

Last Updated 29/12/2023

WordPress Back Office Settings

In this article, we will guide you through setting up WordPress Back Office. Before building your website, we need to change a few settings to make sure everything is running smoothly.

The only settings we need to change are located in: General, Reading, Discussion and Permalink. Ignore the rest.

Setting up a WordPress Back Office

WordPress Back Office Settings

General Settings

To open the Back Office Settings:

  1. Log into your Website Back Office
  2. In the lefthand side panel, click “Settings”
  3. Click “General”

In this section, you can add your Site Title and tagline and edit your URL to be encrypted. See the screenshot below for an example of changes made:

Setting up WordPress Back Office Settings

Scroll down and check your timezone is correct and click Save Changes.

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Reading Settings

In the Reading Settings, we can allocate a Homepage. Make sure you have a homepage set up before you add these settings. Follow the recommended reading article below on how to set up a new page. Make sure to name the page name to Home.

Recommended Reading: Creating a New Page/Post

In the Reading Settings, check “A Static Page” and from the drop-down menu select your Home page. This will make your homepage linked to your domain name. What this means is that every time someone types your domain name into their browser, they will be directed to this specific page.

Click “Save Changes”.

changing the Reading Settings to display Home as the site default

Discussion Settings

This area deals with how visitors can leave comments on your site. This is mainly for blogging, but there are a few settings you will need to change for your general website.

There are quite a few settings here, so to simplify things, just check and uncheck the boxes shown in the screenshot below. The rest can remain unchanged, so scroll to the bottom and click Save Changes.

Discussion Settings and checkboxes to select

Permalink Settings

Here you can adjust how your website generates slugs.

Common Settings

Under Common Settings select “Post Name”. This will add your post or page name directly after your domain name extension.

As always, click Save Changes and your website settings are now complete!

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