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4.6 Customizing WordPress via Settings

Welcome to the final lesson of this course! Thanks for making it this far. I believe that by now you have a much better understanding of what WordPress is and how to work with it.

To wrap up this course, I thought it would be a good idea to go through the available settings. So in this lesson you’ll learn how to use some of the most common settings in WordPress to customize it to your liking.

4.6 Customizing WordPress via Settings

Welcome to the final lesson of this course, number 16. Thank you for making it this far, and I believe that by now, you have a much better understanding of what WordPress is, and how to work with it. To wrap up this course, I thought it would be a good idea to go through the available settings in WordPress. So in this lesson, you'll learn how to use some of the most common settings in WordPress to customize it to your liking. Let's begin. So we're back here in the WordPress backend, and to access the settings, we'll just click the menu item here ,and you'll be able to go through eEach individual category. So under General Settings, you'll find things like the site title and tagline, the site language, the timezone, and also, the date and time format, and these are visible. For example, if we were to look at a post here, notice the date format, January 7, 2012. If we change it to one of these other formats, This will be reflected in the frontend right here. Same goes for the time format. Under Writing, we'll find settings for posts. So when you create a new post, which is the default category that's gonna be assigned to, and you can leave it at Uncategorized, or you can choose from one of the available categories. And you can also choose the default post format. These are the available post formats that we have here, and if you find yourself writing a specific post format more often then you can change this here, so you'll have an easier time later on. So for example, if you're constantly posting quotes, or posts that have the format of a quote, you can change this here, right? And whenever you write a new post, you'll see that that new post starts as a quote post format. You can also see it right here. Now, going back to our settings, in Writing, you can also choose to post via email. So by defining the mail server and the login credentials, you can actually email a specific email address, and that will automatically create the blog post for you based on that email. That's pretty cool. Under Reading, we find some options that we're actually familiar with, because we saw them in the customizer, and that is, what does your homepage display? Does it display your latest post or a static page? We can change that here. We can determine how many posts are displayed on blog pages, and you can change that number here. And most commonly, this is used for choosing whether or not search engines can index your website. Under Discussion, we have settings, basically, for the comments system. So you can change this setting individually for each post and page, but you can also change it globally, all right? So if you uncheck this, then none of your posts or pages can receive comments unless you go in there and individually override that setting for posts and pages. You also have some settings for notifications, so when someone comments, you can get an email. And you can also set up a blacklist for comments, so when comments that are being submitted contain a list of words, then you can put them in the trash automatically. So that's a very, very helpful features. Then you also have a section for dealing with avatars. You can choose whether or not to show the avatars, and avatars are basically, see, we can't actually see them with this theme, let's change the theme quickly. Let's change this to 2019, Activate & Publish. So now, let's find a post with some comments, like this one for example, and if we go to comments, right? You'll see that by default, WordPress shows the avatars which are, well, these bits, these pictures right next to the author name, but you can choose not to by simply unchecking that. And now, you'll see that we no longer have the avatars displayed here. Normally, I just leave them on default. And for users that do not have a custom avatar, I can choose what icon to display. Next, under Media, we can define the image sizes. So here is how it works. When you upload an image in the media library, WordPress will automatically generate different images sizes for that image. It's gonna generate a thumbnail, a medium, and a large size, and you can use this setting to define those dimensions, and these are in pixels. Very, very helpful. Under Permalinks, you can choose how the page or the post addresses looks like in the address bar here. So now, they're set to this format, which basically does year, month, day, and the name of the page or post, which is exactly what we have here. But we can change that to, for example, just month and name, to numeric, or to a post name directly. And if you select this bit, for example, and you save changes, you'll see that when we open up a post, it's just gonna have the name of that post, it won't have the date there as well. And finally, under Privacy, you can choose an existing page, or you can create a new page for the Privacy Policy page which is actually a new addition in WordPress. And of course, you can couple these settings with the settings that you get from the customizer or from other plugins. Or you can even change the theme files yourself, the CSS files, and really customize your WordPress installation in any way you want, really. WordPress is a great platform, as I was saying in the beginning, and it gives you a high degree of freedom when it comes to customization. So if you're after a different look, then you can grab another theme. If you're after more functionality, right, you can grab plugins that give you that extra functionality. All in all, that is this beginner's guide to working with WordPress. I really hope you learned a lot from it. It was quite a long course, and I really thank you for sticking with me until the very end. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the forums, but until then, I'm Adi Purdila, thank you very much for watching this course, and until next time, take care.

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