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How to Personalize Your WordPress Blog

After you install the WordPress software and log in, you can put a personal stamp on your blog by giving it a title and description, setting your contact e-mail address, and identifying yourself as the author of the blog. You take care of these and other settings on the General Settings page.

To begin personalizing your blog, start with your general settings by following these steps:

1

Click General link in the Settings menu list.

The General Settings page appears.

2

Enter the name of your blog in the Site Title text box.

The title you enter here is the one that you gave your blog to identify it as your own. Give your blog an interesting and identifiable name. You can use Fried Green Tomatoes, for example, if you’re blogging about the topic, the book, or the movie, or even anything remotely related to the lovely Southern dish.

3

In the Tagline text box, enter a five- to ten-word phrase that describes your blog.

The general Internet-surfing public can view your blog title and tagline, which various search engines (such as Google, Yahoo!, and MSN) grab for indexing, so choose your words with this fact in mind.

4

In the WordPress Address (URL) text box, enter the location where you installed your WordPress blog software.

Be sure to include the http:// portion of the URL and the entire path to your WordPress installation — for example, http://yourdomain.com.

5

In the Site Address (URL) text box, enter the web address where people can find your blog by using their web browsers.

Typically, what you enter here is the same as your domain name (http://yourdomain.com).

6

Enter your e-mail address in the E-Mail Address text box.

WordPress sends messages about the details of your blog to this e-mail address. When a new user registers for your blog, for example, WordPress sends you an e-mail alert.

7

Select a Membership option.

Select the Anyone Can Register check box if you want to keep registration on your blog open to anyone. Keep the check box unchecked if you’d rather not have open registration on your blog.

8

From the New User Default Role drop-down list, select the role that you want new users to have when they register for user accounts in your blog.

Subscriber is the default role. Subscribers have access to the Dashboard page, and they can view and change the options in their profiles on the Your Profile and Personal Options page. Contributors can upload files and write, edit, and manage their own posts. Contributors can write posts, but they can’t publish the posts. Authors can publish and edit their own posts. Editors can moderate comments, manage categories, manage links, edit pages, and edit other authors’ posts. Administrators can edit all the options and settings in the WordPress blog.

9

In the Timezone section, select your UTC time from the drop-down list.

This setting refers to the number of hours that your local time differs from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This setting ensures that all the blog posts and comments left on your blog are time-stamped with the correct time.

10

In the Date Format text box, enter the format in which you want the date to appear in your blog.

This setting determines the style of the date display. The default format displays time like this: January 1, 2011.

11

In the Time Format text box, enter the format for how you want time to display in your blog.

The default format displays time like this: 12:00 a.m.

12

From the Week Starts On drop-down list, select the day on which the week starts in your calendar.

Displaying the calendar in the sidebar of your blog is optional. If you choose to display the calendar, you can select the day of the week on which you want your calendar to start.

Click the Save Changes button at the bottom of any page where you set new options. If you don’t click Save Changes, your settings aren’t saved, and WordPress reverts to the preceding options. Each time you click the Save Changes button, WordPress reloads the current page, displaying the new options that you just set.

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