Setup The WordPress Reading Settings

WordPress Reading Settings

About This Lesson

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

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

  • Change your homepage from a blog format to a static page
  • Move your blog from your homepage, to its own unique page, i.e.
  • Choose the amount of posts to show on your blog page
  • Discourage/encourage search engines from indexing your site

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.

Course Navigation

How To Create A Website Course

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

How To Use WordPress Course

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

Read All About It

First of all, to get to the reading 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 Reading.

WordPress Reading Settings

Front page displays

Front Page Displays

This setting lets you change your homepage from being a blog, to a static page. Which lets you create a more conventional homepage.

This setting also lets you move your blog from your homepage, to it’s own unique page.

What do I mean by a static page? A static page is a stand alone page. It’s a page that only changes when you choose to manually change that page. My homepage is a good example of this.

A blog page displays your most recent posts and every time you create a new post, the blog page automatically changes, inserting the new post at the top and moving all the other posts down the blog page.

If you want your homepage like a blog, just keep this setting at it’s default, “Your latest posts”.

But if you want to create a static page for your homepage and move your blog to it’s own page, you’ll need to create two new pages. Call the first one homepage. And the second one blog, or latest news, or latest deals, whatever you want this to be.

Changing Homepage To Static Page

Then when you’ve created two new pages, come back into the reading settings,

  1. Choose the static page option
  2. In the drop down box next to “Front page”, choose the “Homepage” you just created
  3. And next to “Posts page”, choose your blog/latest news/latest deals page

All Done. You now have a static homepage and a separate blog page.

Blog pages show at most

This lets you set how many blog posts get shown on your blog page.

If you look at my blog I’ve set this to 6.

WordPress will then automatically create extra pages once I go past 6 posts. i.e., which shows posts 7-12.

WordPress will then carry on creating new pages, every time I add 6 extra posts, so

Syndication feeds show the most recent

Blog and Syndication

This works the same as the above setting, but for people viewing your RSS in a feed reader. I personally always set this to be the same as the above setting.

Don’t know what RSS or a feed reader is? Check out the video below for a quick explanation.

(Side Note: I embedded this video from YouTube, if you ever want to embed a video from YouTube, see this lesson.)

For each article in a feed, show

Full text or Summary

If people subscribe to your feed in a feed reader, you can choose to display full articles or a summary.

The summary shows only the first 55 words but has a link for people to continue reading the rest of the post. This will bring them back to your site and specifically the article they’re reading. (You can see an example of this in the image below.)

Summary Feed

With the full text you’re giving people the chance to read all of your content in a feed reader. (You can see an example of this in the image below.)

Full Text Feed

Personally I normally choose full feed, but either options works fine.

Search Engine Visibility

There may be occasions when you create a website and you don’t want it to be listed in search engines.

For instance, if you’ve just started creating your site, you might decide that while you’re working on it you don’t want anyone to visit it.

Or, like me, you might have a couple of test sites which you use to try things out on and you may not want these sites listed in search engines.

That’s what this setting is for.

(I recommend most people keep this unticked, as I’m sure you’ll want to get people visiting your site from search engines.)

And that’s it for the reading 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!