Settings »General Settings

General Settings in the WP Admin Dashboard

The General Settings let you control how your site is displayed, such as the title, tagline, language, and visibility. You can access the General Settings under Settings in the WP Admin dashboard. To get to WP Admin, open your site, then add wp-admin after the URL in your browser’s address bar.

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Changing your Site Title and Tagline

The first setting you will see is Site Title. The Site Title is displayed in the title bar of a web browser and is displayed in the header for most themes. Your Site Title will also appear in the following locations:

  • Admin Bar — blog menu (top left) when viewing your blog
  • Admin Bar — main menu (top right) when viewing the blogs linked to your account
  • My Blogs on the home page
  • The sender’s name when your followers receive notifications

Your site title can be anything you’d like; it doesn’t have to be the same as your blog’s URL or your username. You can use a cleaned-up version of your URL (e.g., myawesomeblog07 can become My Awesome Blog), or change it to whatever best reflects your site’s personality and topic. Note: No matter what you change your site’s title to, your address remains the same.

Tagline is next and is a short description or catchy phrase to describe what your blog is about. Some themes will display the tagline in the header or in the sidebar.

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Your blog’s timezone is set to Coordinated Universal Time, UTC by default, which is in London, UK. If you live in a different area of the world you will likely want to change this option. The current UTC time is listed to the right to make it easier to determine your timezone offset. As an example, when Daylight Saving Time is not going on, Boston, MA would be UTC-5. You can find the timezones of many cities here:

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Date Format

The Date Format lets you select how you want dates will be displayed on your blog. Several popular choices are available, as well as a custom option.

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Time Format

The Time Format setting is just like the date format, but sets how times will be displayed on the blog. For example, you may choose to use a 24 hour or 12 hour clock via your Time Format.

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Week Starts On

The Week Starts On setting, is only used if you are using the calendar widget. This setting allows you to select what day is displayed in the first column of the calendar.

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The Language option lets you select the language to use for some of the theme text shown to your blog visitors. If you select an RTL language (for example, Hebrew), then the theme’s layout will mirror itself so that the text can be read properly from right to left.

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Blog Picture

The Blog Picture (or Blavatar as we like to call it) allows you to upload a picture to be used as your blog image across This image will be used as the favicon you see to the left of the URL in the address bar and for any pingbacks or trackbacks sent out from your blog.

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