Setup The WordPress General Settings

WordPress General Settings

About This Lesson

In this lesson I’ll walk you through how to setup the WordPress general settings and explain what these settings will do on your site.

By the end of this lesson you’ll know how to,

  • Change your sites title and tagline
  • Change your homepage from, to
  • Change how the time and date displays on your site (not the most important setting, but you can customize this if you want.)

Before doing this, you’ll need to have installed WordPress. You can do this one of two ways,

1) Install WordPress with SiteGround (The Quick & Easy Way)

2) Install WordPress manually

And you’ll need to have,

3) Understood what WordPress is & how it works

4) Learnt how to login to your WordPress site

5) Learnt how to navigate around WordPress

It’s also worth noting, this lesson, is a part of a series of lessons which show you how to setup WordPress. You can see the other lessons in this series by visiting the links below.

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How To Create A Website Course

This is Step 3 Part 1 – See the full course here!

How To Use WordPress Course

This is Step 3 Part 1 – See the full course here!

Read All About It

First of all, to get to the general settings you need to login to the admin area of your WordPress site.

Then on the left hand side, hover over the menu item Settings and click General.

WordPress General Settings

Site Title And Tagline

The first two settings you can change are the site title and tagline.

Some WordPress themes use these like a logo for your site. But not all themes do.

For instance, this is what the site title and tagline looks like in my general settings.

Site Title And Tagline

And here’s how the default WordPress Twenty Fourteen theme adds them into the design.

Site Title And Tagline Live

Obviously, if you want to change this, just delete out the old text and replace it with what you want.

WordPress Address (URL)

This identifies to WordPress where your core WordPress files are. So in my example, it’s

By default, WordPress will already know this so you wont need to change anything.

Site Address (URL)

This is where you put the address you want your homepage to be.

By default, WordPress assumes you want this to be the same place as where you’ve installed your WordPress core files. So in my example, it’s

If you want to change this, for instance you want to make your homepage to be like, here’s what you need to do.

Step 1/3: – Put the address you want in Site Address (URL). So in my case, Then save the changes.

Site Address URL

Step 2/3: – You then need to copy out the WordPress “index.php” file from your site.

To do this you’ll need to use FileZilla. For those of you who don’t know what this is, or how to use it, see my FileZilla tutorial.

Once you’re connected to your website in FileZilla, you’ll need to locate where your WordPress files are being held.

Copy Over Index File

In my case,

  1. I went to public_html, then the WordPress folder. (Or /public_html/wordpress/)
  2. In here is the file index.php.
  3. Copy this onto your computer as you’ll need to modify this. In a moment you’ll upload it back to your site but into a different location. (Note: we copy it out, not cut it or delete it.)

Step 3/3: – Once you’ve copied the file onto you computer open it.

You need to change the line that says,



So that it now includes where you have WordPress installed. So in my case that means adding the folder name “wordpress” in the address.


(Notice I also add a / at the start, you’ll need to do this as well)

So it now should look like this.

Updated Index

Save this change.

Then upload it into the place on your site you want your homepage to be.

So in my case, this is my root domain, or /public_html/

Upload The Index

And that’s it, all done. My homepage will now be

Email Address

This is an e-mail address that WordPress will send messages to regarding the administration and maintenance of your WordPress site.

It very rarely gets used but it’s still important, so make sure you have a valid e-mail address in here.


Check this box if you want anyone to be able to register an account on your WordPress site.

This is only really useful if you’re creating a site such as a classifieds site or a job site or a directory etc, where you’re going to want people to be able to automatically create an account, without you having to do anything.

By allowing people to become users of your site they’ll be able to add content, such as a job listing, or do various other things on your site (see “new user default role” below).

If you don’t want this, either you want to be the only user or you want to add users manually, leave this unticked. (I recommend this for most people).

New User Default Role

“New User Default Role” sets what role new users have on your site. (Funny that!)

This will be needed if you’ve ticked the membership option above. If you haven’t, you can just ignore this.

New User Default Role

The choices are,

  • Administrator: – This means users will be able to do all the same things that you’re currently able to do. An administrator can basically do anything with your site. (Keep this only to people you trust, i.e. don’t set this in new user default roles, only for people you manually create an account for.)
  • Editor: – Will be able to create and publish posts without needing you to confirm the posting. They can also manage posts of other people.
  • Author: – Will be able to create and publish posts without needing you to confirm the posting.
  • Contributor: – Will be able to create their own posts, but will need an administrator/editor to publish it for them.
  • Subscriber: – Someone who can create a profile on your site and manage this profile, but that’s about all they can do.

Please note, this is a basic summary of what these roles do, if you want you can see more details about user roles and their capabilities at the WordPress site.


This lets you set what timezone you’re in. Pretty straight forward really, nothing more needs to be said.

Date Format & Time Format

This lets you set how WordPress displays the date and time on your site.

Date Format & Time Format

This will be used in various parts of your website. One example is when you publish a post on a blog, it will show the date like in the image below. (Although this depends on the theme you’re using.)

Date In Post

And so this setting lets you set how you want your dates and times to look.

Week Starts On

This is for if you ever have a calendar feature on your site, you can set when the week starts.

Site Language

Obviously make sure you set this in the language you want your WordPress site to be in!

And that’s it for the general settings of WordPress.

Complete Setting Up WordPress

This lesson is a part of a series of lessons, which show you how to setup WordPress. You can see the other lessons in this series by visiting the links below.

Or if you want to save some time, check out my quick WordPress settings lesson.

Next Steps

When you’ve finished setting up WordPress, the next steps in creating your website and learning how to use WordPress, is to learn how WordPress posts and pages work, so you can then start creating the content that will make up your site!