Settings » Writing Settings

Use the Writing settings to manage formatting, markdown, content type, and email posting options on your site. Visit these settings in your dashboard by navigating to Settings → Writing.

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Default Post Format

Most themes on no longer include post formats. However, if your theme supports multiple post formats, you can select the default post format applied to a post. If you make no changes, the default post format is “Standard.”

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If you toggle on the Write posts or pages in plain text Markdown syntax option, you can write content in markdown.

Date and Time Format

Click on the Date and Time Format panel to expand these options and choose how the date and time will be displayed on your site’s blog posts.

Select your desired format and then click Save Changes at the bottom to apply the new format for all dates displayed on your site.

If you want to create a custom time or date format for your site, visit the guide to formatting date and time.

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Content Types

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In this section, you can:

  • Set the number of blog posts displayed per blog page. The default number of posts per page is 10. Keep in mind that setting a higher number here may make your blog slower to load.
    • This setting applies to the posts page you have set in Settings → Reading. If you are using the Blog Posts block, this setting does not apply.
  • Activate testimonials (if needed) and set the number of testimonials displayed per testimonial page. Learn more about setting up testimonials.
  • Activate portfolio projects (if needed) and set the number of projects displayed on portfolio pages. Learn more about setting up portfolio projects.

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Feed Settings

These settings affect feeds only and therefore have no effect on how content appears on your site. You can:

  • Control the number of posts includes in your site’s feed.
  • Limit the feed to excerpts only. Users will need to visit your site to view the full content.

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Host a podcast on your site. For more details, see Host Your Podcast on

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Theme Enhancements

Enable or disable Infinite Scroll.

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Press This

Press This provides an easy way to grab text, images, or video from any website and post it to your blog without ever visiting Learn more about Press This here.

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Writing Settings in the WP Admin Dashboard

These instructions are referring to the WP Admin interface. To view this interface, click the View tab in the upper right corner and select Classic view.

Formatting has two options. The first option will allow you to type emoticon symbols like the smiley face when you are writing. If this option is checked, the symbols will be converted into a graphical emoticon.

If the second option is enabled, WordPress will fix any of your invalid XHTML code. Invalid XHTML code can cause problems with your layout, so this is a good option to turn on.


The Default Post Category lets you select the category to be applied to a post if you forget to assign categories before publishing. Learn more about categories here.


The Default Post Format lets you select the post format to be applied to a post if you forget to pick a post format before publishing. Learn more about post formats here. The Default Post Format setting will only show up if your theme supports post formats.


The Default Link Category is similar to the previous settings but is for blogroll links. This feature is rarely used.


To understand the Custom Content Types settings, see our guides on working with Portfolios or Testimonials for more information.

Post by Email is a way of publishing posts on your blog by email. Any email client can be used to send the email, allowing you to publish quickly and easily from devices such as cell phones.

For more information on using Post by Email please check out the Post by Email support guide.

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