How to Configure WordPress Writing Settings



Hello dear readers! Welcome back to another edition of our tutorials on WordPress. In this tutorial, we will be explaining to you guys how to properly configure a WordPress writing settings.

WordPress writing settings is used to control the writing experience and provides options that are used to customize the WordPress site. These writing settings controls the features in the adding and editing of post, pages, post types, and the optional functions like the Remote Publishing, Post through email and update services.

Following below are the steps that can be used to access the writing settings -

Step 1 - Click on the Settings → Writing option as shown below.



Step 2 - The writing settings page will be displayed as shown in the screenshot below -


Following below are the details of the fields on the page -

  • Formatting - It defines two sub options for a better user experience.
    • First option is used to "convert emoticons like :-) and :-P to graphics" change the text based emoticons into graphic based emoticons.

    • The second option will correct all of the invalid XHTML placed with the post or pages.
  • Default Post Category - It is the category to be applied to a post. You can also leave it as Uncategorized.
  • Default Post Format - This is used by the themes to select the post format to be applied to a post or create different styles for different types of post
  • Post by e-mail - This option uses email address to create and publish posts via email address to your blog. To use this, you will need to set up a secret e-mail account with a POP3 access, and any mail received at this address will be posted.
  • Mail Server - Allows reading the emails that you send to WordPress and stores them in case of retrieval. For this, you need to have the POP3 compatible mail server and it will have a URL address such as mail.example.com, which you should enter here.
  • Login Name - In order to create posts, WordPress will need its e-mail account. The Login Name will use this e-mail and should be kept as a secret as web spammers will always post links redirecting to their own sites.
  • Password - Set password for the above e-mail address.
  • Default Mail Category - This allows selection of custom category for all of the posts that are being purblished via Post by e-mail feature.
  • Update Services - When you add a new post, WordPress will automatically notify the website update services in the box. You can see Update Services on the codex for a long list of possible services.

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Step 3 - After you finish filling all needed information, click on Save Changes button to save all your applied changes.

Alright guys! This is where we are rounding up for this tutorial. In our next tutorial guide, we are going to be discussing about WordPress Reading Settings.

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