5.1 Quick Default Settings

Sometimes you just want to get something up and running in minimum time – as proof of concept or just because you want to get things started.

For this purpose WordPress provides you with some ready made default settings installation.

After the installation, you should go through them just to check they’re OK, but mostly you can leave them as is at this point.

In this video I go over the quick installation and the default settings.

Check this out and follow these steps and you can have the basic website up and running within an hour.

Note that this is not the ultimate way to set up a website, as it will look rather poor with only the bare minimum.

But it’s a good way to start!

Here are the Settings pages we go over, and the recommended settings for them:

General

  • Site Title – your site’s name
  • Tagline – a slogan or initial marketing message
  • WordPress Address (URL), Site Address (URL) – these should be the same, containing the address of your site.
  • E-mail Address – your email address, that you’ve set in the setup of the site
  • Timezone
  • Date Format
  • Time Format
  • Week Starts On

Writing

  • Default category – this is really the only setting relevant here.

Reading

  • Front page displays – select what’s shown on your front page
  • Blog pages show at most – select how many posts will show on an archive (category/tag/calendar archive) per page.
  • Search Engine Visibility – DO NOT CHECK this box. Checking this box will prevent search engines from showing your site in their results.

Media

You can set image sizes here, but I recommend you leave these settings as they are.

  • Uncheck the Crop thumbnail… option beneath the Thumbnail size.

Permalinks

  • Choose Custom Structure with the structure: /%category%/%postname%/ which will show the category name and the post name (http://www.bizimagewebsite.com/creating-a-website/first-step-in-creating-a-website/)
  • Alternatively, you can use the year + post name structure: /%year%/%postname%/ (http://www.bizimagewebsite.com/2016/first-step-in-creating-a-website/)