In this article, we will study about WordPress Writing Settings. Using the WordPress writing settings you can set the basic configuration settings for your WordPress site’s article writing interface architecture. Such as Default Post Category, Default Post Format, Post via email and Update Services. In the setting administration screen, it is a default setting screen.
Some of the defaults may be fine for your site, but whenever you set up a new site, it’s a good idea to double-check everything on this page.
To access this page, Click on Settings » Writing option in your WordPress sidebar.
Here is a full screen-shot of WordPress writing settings page.
WordPress General Settings
You can submit content in several different ways; this screen holds the settings for all of them. The top section in this screen controls the post editor within the dashboard, while the rest control external publishing methods.
Following are the details of the fields on the page »
Default Post Category
WordPress gives you this awesome feature to choose a default category for your post from this drop-down.
The default category is the category to be applied to a post when you forget to add or leave the category option blank in the editor screen. If you delete a Category, all the posts in that Category will be assigned the default post Category.
Let, you have many categories and you use only one of those more frequently, then you should select that category here. So, this will make post writing easier for you.
[ Tip: By default, WordPress create the default category as “Uncategorized”. But it is good practice to rename it that fits most of your articles. In our case, we have renamed it as “Blog” ]
Default Post Format
The default Post Format is the one which you select from this drop-down.
It is your theme that uses these post formats to create different styling for your different post types. Remember, this settings is only visible if your current activated theme supports Post Formats.
The The HappyThemes’s themes are some examples of a themes that supports various types of Post Formats. Such as, Standard (no special format), Aside, Link, Image, quote, status and Gallery etc.
Post via e-mail
This option uses e-mail address to create posts and publishes posts on your blog through e-mail.
To post to WordPress by email you need to set up a secret email account with POP3 access. Any mail received at this address will be posted, so it’s a good idea to keep this address very secret. Here are three random strings you could use: IdMsadxnu5B, sdfvsQW, KgfWzcvzQcpVk.
It allows reading the e-mails that you send to WordPress and stores them for retrieval. For this, you need to have POP3 compatible mail server and it will have URI address such as mail.example.com, which you should enter here.
To create posts, WordPress will need its own e-mail account. The Login Name will use this e-mail address and should be kept as a secret as spammers will post links redirecting to their own websites.
Enter the password for the above e-mail address here.
Default Mail Category
It allows you to select custom category for all the posts that you will publish via Post by e-mail feature.
If enabled, WordPress will automatically alert various services about your new posts.
So, when you publish a new post, WordPress will automatically notify the site update services in the box. Also, see the Update Services on the codex for the long list of possible services.
Here are some XML-RPC Ping Services…
[ Tips: If your Privacy Settings Blog Visibility is set to “I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors”, then WordPress will not notifying any Update Services because of your blog’s privacy settings. Add only one service in one line.]
Finally, Click the Save Changes button to submit the changes to your writing settings to your database. Once you click the button, a confirmation text box will appear at the top of the page telling you your settings saved.