The Settings menu of your site is where you will configure everything about how the blog works and functions. You can access your site’s settings by clicking on My Site → Settings.
The Settings are divided into five elements:
In the first tab, titled General, you’ll be able to edit your site’s title and tagline as well as seeing and customizing your site’s address. Your WordPress.com interface might be in one language, like English, but maybe you’d like your site’s default elements such as the footer to be in another language, like French.
There you can also set the timezone of your site. This is especially useful when you schedule posts.
In the General tab, you’ll also be able to set the privacy settings of your site. Don’t want anyone to see your site until it’s fully built? Make it private!
Be careful! Once a site is deleted, it cannot be recovered. Please be sure before you proceed.
The Writing settings allow you to choose default options such as the default category and format for your posts. From this tab, you can add our super handy Press This bookmarklet.
In the Discussion settings, you’ll be able to set options for the incoming comments on your site, trackbacks and pingbacks.
There, you can choose required criteria for visitors to comment, you can also choose to automatically close comments after a certain number of days and you can opt to moderate incoming comments. This page is also where you’ll want to go if you are facing persistent commenters. You can choose to automatically blacklist comments using certain words, email address, URLs and even IP addresses.
If you believe our built-in statistics are not enough, you can add your Google Analytics tracking code by upgrade to the WordPress.com Business plan. Note that WordPress.com stats and Google Analytics use different methods to identify and track activity on your site, so they will normally show slightly different totals for your visits, views, etc.
The SEO tab holds some additional settings for advanced SEO control over your site. While WordPress.com has great SEO built in, you can tweak these settings for even more control over your site.
Front Page Meta Description
The Front Page Meta Description will allow you to set a custom meta description for your site’s front page. Search engines can use this description when your site shows in the search results. Typically, search results will show about 160 characters of your meta description, so keeping it close to that length is best.
Site Verification Services
If WordPress.com’s stats leave you wanting more, try out the various webmaster tools integrations that we offer. You’ll be able to submit sitemaps and your site’s URL directly to search engines for indexing, learn what search queries are bringing traffic to your site, how your site generally ranks for various search terms, and more. For detailed instructions on verifying your site, read our step-by-step instructions here.
Sitemaps are specially-formatted pages that let search engines know what pages exist on your site, and where to locate them. After you’ve verified your site on Google, Bing, or Yandex’s webmaster tools platforms, you can submit your sitemap to those services so that search engines can easily find all the pages on your site.
- Submit a sitemap to Google Search Console
- Submit a sitemap to Bing Webmaster Tools
- Submit a sitemap to Yandex
The final tab of your settings is where you can import content from another WordPress site or from another blogging platform. You can learn more about imports here.
Have Jetpack? Then you’ll see an extra tab called Security.
In this section, you’ll be able to whitelist your IP so that you will always be able to log in from that address.
You can also scan your WordPress site for known security threats. As soon as we encounter potentially malicious code, we will alert you by email. We’ll also monitor your site and email you when it’s down.