WordPress Reading Settings

The Writing settings configure various options with regards to your site content. Settings include defining the Default Post Category, Default Post Format (if supported by your Theme) and if the Link Manager Plugin is installed, the Default Link Category.

 To change writing settings, go to Settings Writing option.The Writing Setting page is displayed as shown in the following screen.

Following are the details of the fields on the page.

  1. Default Post Category: It is a category to be applied to a post and you can leave it as Uncategorized.
  2. Default Post Format: It is used by themes to select post format to be applied to a post or create different styles for different types of posts.
  3. Post via e-mail: This option uses e-mail address to create posts and publishes posts on your blog through e-mail. To use this, you’ll need to set up a secret e-mail account with a POP3 access, and any mail received at this address will be posted.
  4. Mail Server: 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.
  5. Login Name: 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.
  6. Password: Set password for the above e-mail address.
  7. Default Mail Category: It allows selecting custom category for all the posts that are published via Post by e-mail feature.
  8. Update Services: When you publish a new post, WordPress will automatically notify the site update services in the box. See the Update Services on the codex for the long list of possible services.

After filling all the above information, click on Save Changes button to save your information.