Settings

Settings

The Settings area is where you will configure many functions of your site. You can access your site’s settings from your dashboard by clicking on Settings:

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General

Site Profile

Under Settings → General, you can edit your site’s title and tagline. You can also set your site icon, which is the small image that appears in the browser tab.

The Language setting allows you to choose the site’s language. This automatically updates all of the built-in elements of the site such as category and archive headers, password and form field prompts, default widget titles, and more.

The site language is separate from the interface language found in your account settings. While the interface language changes the text of your WordPress.com administrative area for you only, the site language adjusts the default text elements of the live site that are seen by the public.

You can choose your site timezone so that the correct time is used when scheduling posts.

Privacy

Here you can set the privacy settings of your site. If you don’t want anyone to see your site until it’s fully built, you can make it private here. Learn more about your site’s privacy settings here.

Privacy Settings
Site Tools

Under site tools, you will see options to:

  1. Change your site’s address.
  2. Start over by deleting all the content of your site.
  3. Delete your site permanently.

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Be careful! Once a site is deleted, it cannot be recovered. Please be sure before you proceed.

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Performance

You can use the Performance area to configure settings related to loading pages faster, optimizing images, and speeding up your visitors’ experience. See our full guide to using the Performance settings.

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Writing

Use the Writing settings to manage formatting, markdown, content type, and email posting options. See our full guide to using the Writing settings.

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Discussion

In the Discussion settings, you’ll be able to set options for the incoming comments on your site. See our full guide to using the Discussion settings.

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Security

This section of the guide applies to sites with the WordPress.com Business or eCommerce plan. If your site has one of our legacy plans, this feature is available on the Pro plan.

Paid plan customers will see a Security section under Settings provided by the Jetpack plugin. It contains the following options:

Downtime Monitoring

While rare, a site may go offline if an unexpected error occurs, such as an unsuccessful plugin or theme update. In these cases, you can have Jetpack monitor your site and notify you if it becomes unresponsive. This is a great way to reduce downtime on your site. Once notified, please contact our staff to help resolve the issue.

Downtime monitoring screen.
Prevent Brute Force Login Attacks

Jetpack monitors login attempts on your site to identify and block malicious actors who try to gain access with a technique called brute force login attacks. When an attacker fails to log into your site too many consecutive times, Jetpack temporarily blocks any further login attempts from their IP, and may present a math problem to solve to get back in.

The prevent brute force login attacks settings is a toggle.
WordPress.com Log In

WordPress.com uses features from our own admin alongside the traditional WP-Admin dashboard. We enable Allow users to log in to this site using WordPress.com accounts by default to bridge the WP-Admin and WordPress.com settings seamlessly. This setting is referred to as Secure Sign On.

We recommend keeping this setting turned on, as disabling this option will result in some pages in the dashboard to prompt you to log into WP-Admin manually. For more details, check out our Secure Sign On page.

WordPress.com log in settings has one main option, to allow users to log in with WordPress.com accounts. Underneath, there are two more toggles.
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