Configuration

Settings »Reading Settings

The Reading Settings control how your blog is displayed to visitors. You can access it via your Settings -> Reading page.

General Settings

The Front Page Display setting allows you to choose what content appears on your blog’s front page. You can choose to have your latest blog posts or a static page that you have created in the Pages section of your blog. (Your blog must have at least one static page for this setting to appear.)

By default, your front page is set to display your latest blog posts, but you can change it to a static front page. Using a static front page is handy if you want to use WordPress.com to create a website and use your front page as a landing page or to display a welcome message. (See also Post vs. Page.)

Front page displays

Blog pages show at most lets you choose how many blog posts are displayed per page. The default setting is 10 posts per page.

Setting a higher number of posts to display on each page can potentially impact load times on your blog, since you will be loading a lot more data with each page. The default setting is 10 posts per page to ensure fast load times.

Blog pages show at most

Syndication feeds show the most recent lets you set how many blog posts will be sent out at once via your RSS feed (located at http://your-domain.wordpress.com/feed/).

Syndication feeds show the most recent

For each article in a feed you can select Full text or Summary. Full text means that the entire contents of a post are included in the feed. Summary means that only the first 55 words are included in the feed, along with the option to continue reading the rest of the post.

Which option to use is a matter of some debate. Visit Problogger’s view for some more information. This setting also affects what your followers receive in their email subscriptions.

For each article in a feed

Related Posts contains options for the Related Posts section.

  1. Link to related content after posts toggles the related posts section on or off.
  2. To clearly separate the related posts section from the rest of the content, you can choose to show a Related header on the section, using the second checkbox.
  3. You can choose to display thumbnails, using Show thumbnails for related posts check-box.

Related Posts

For details on the feature, read the Related Posts support page.

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Enhanced Feeds

Enhanced feeds is a setting that allows you to show other items in your feed. You can choose to display categories, tags, and the number of comments.

Note: Changes to an enhanced feed may not appear in feed readers until you create a new post or your news reader refreshes. This setting does not affect existing posts displayed on the blog.

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Follower Settings

Anonymous Followers
If you only want people who are logged in to WordPress.com to be able to follow your blog, leave the box unchecked. If you want all your visitors to be able to follow your blog via email, check the box.

Blog follow email text
You can change the invitation text sent out to your blog followers. WordPress will automatically add subscription details in the email.

Comment follow email text
You can also change the invitation text sent out to your comment followers. WordPress will automatically add subscription details in the email.

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Troubleshooting

Front Page Errors
If you receive an error message on the front page of your blog that no content was found or that we weren’t able to locate the page that you’re looking for, then that means that your front page is configured incorrectly.

Some of the most common reasons for receiving that error message are:

  1. Your front page is set to display your most recent posts, but you haven’t published a blog post yet so there is nothing to display on your front page. You can correct that by publishing a new blog post. To do that go to Posts -> Add New and start writing!
  2. Your front page is set to display a static page, but you either didn’t specify which page to display in your Reading Settings, or the page that you chose isn’t published (it’s either deleted or saved as a draft). To correct that, check your Front Page Setting to make sure you selected a page to display that is published.
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