With any software application, “settings” refers to the ability to delete/active options, make adjustments or establish parameters. In WordPress, “Settings” is one of the main functions that you can choose from your administration panel in order to modify how your website looks or operates.
The “Settings” tab can be found on the left-hand column of your administration panel immediately underneath “Tools.” If you hover your mouse over “Settings,” you’ll see a number of submenus to choose from, including “General,” “Reading, “Writing,” and “Discussion.”
Note: Exactly which submenus appear under “Settings” and the options available depend on the version of WordPress that you are using. In order to access “Settings,” you must be logged in as an administrator or super admin.
The “General” settings menu contains options for modifying and/or creating the name of your website (Site Title), the tagline (a one-sentence description of your website), and administration email and registration information.
The “Writing” settings menu contains options for modifying the way your posts are formatted as well as the way categories are established and used.
The “Reading” settings menu contains options for modifying and/or deleting/activating the way your website is displayed to visitors, how posts are displayed and how many, and whether or not your website has a dynamic or static front page. This menu also includes a setting that can tell search engines not to index (or show results for) your website.
The “Discussion” settings menu contains options for modifying the way your website connects to other websites as well as a number of options for managing comments.
The “Media” settings menu contains options for modifying how images and video are handled on your website. There are also options for choosing image sizes and generating thumbnails.