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This General SubPanel is the default SubPanel in the Settings Administration Panel and controls some of the most basic configuration settings for your site: your site's title and location, who may register an account at your blog, and how dates and times are calculated and displayed.
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- Blog title
- Enter the name of your blog here. Most themes will display this title, at the top of every page, and in the reader's browser titlebar. WordPress also uses this title as the identifying name for your Syndication feeds.
- In a few words, explain what your blog is about. Your blog's slogan, or tagline, might be entered here. A tagline is short phrase, or sentence, used to convey the essence of the blog and is often funny or eyecatching.
- WordPress address (URL)
- Enter the full URL of the directory containing your WordPress core application files (e.g., wp-config.php, wp-admin, wp-content, and wp-includes). For example, if you installed WordPress into a directory called "blog", then the WordPress address would be http://sample.com/blog (where sample.com is your domain). If you installed WordPress into your web root, this address will be the root URL http://sample.com. WordPress will trim a slash (/) from the end.
- Blog address (URL)
- Enter the address you want people to type in their browser to reach your WordPress blog. This is the directory where WordPress's main index.php file is installed. The Blog address (URL) is identical to the WordPress address (URL) (above) unless you are giving WordPress its own directory. WordPress will trim a slash (/) from the end.
- E-mail address
- Enter the e-mail address to which you want WordPress to send messages regarding the administration and maintenance of your WordPress blog. For example, if you allow new users to register as a member of your blog (see Membership below), then a notification will be sent through e-mail to this address. Please note this is different than the address you supplied for the admin user account; the admin account e-mail address is sent an e-mail only when someone submits a comment to a post by admin. The address you enter here will never be displayed on the blog.
- Anyone can register - Check this checkbox if you want anyone in cyberspace to be able to register an account on your blog.
- Users must be registered and logged in to comment - If this checkbox is checked, only logged in registered users will be able to write comments on your site.
- New User Default Role
- This pull-down box allows you to select the default Role that is assigned to new users. This Default Role will be assigned to newly registered members or users added via the Administration > Users > Authors & Users panel. Valid choices are Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor, or Subscriber.
- Select your UTC (Controlled Universal Time) timezone from the drop-down box. Unfortunately, you have to manually update this for Daylight Savings Time. Lame, we know, but will be fixed in the future. Timezone represents the number of hours by which your time differs from the displayed UTC time. This will ensure that your articles and blog maintain and display the correct time. This is useful when you and your server are in different time zones. For example, if you were living in Tahiti (Lucky you :) ), then you would select "UTC -10" in the pulldown blox. Use UTC -5:30 if your timezone differs by 5 hours and 30 minutes. You can use the Date and Time Gateway to look up your offset from UTC. For a good description of UTC, see Wikipedia's Coordinated Universal Time article.
- Date Format
- The format in which to display dates on your blog. The Date Format setting is intended to be used by theme designers in displaying dates on your blog, but does not control how the date is displayed in the Administrative panels (e.g. Manage Posts). Click the Save Changes button and the "Output" example below will show the current date in the format entered. See Formatting Date and Time for some of the formats available.
- Time Format
- The format in which to display times on your blog. The Time Format setting is intended to be used by theme designers in displaying time on your blog, but does not control how the time is displayed in the Administrative panels (e.g. Write Post edit of timestamp). Click the Save Changes button and the "Output" example below will show the current time in the format entered. See Formatting Date and Time for some of the formats available.
- Week Starts On
- Select your preferred start date for WordPress calendars from the drop-down box. Monday is the default setting for this drop-down, meaning a monthly calendar will show Monday in the first column. If you want your calendar to show Sunday as the first column, then select Sunday from the drop-down.
- Click the Save Changes button to ensure any changes you have made to your Settings are saved to your database. Once you click the button, a confirmation text box will appear at the top of the page telling you your settings have been saved.
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