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Settings »Writing Settings

To change these settings, go to My Sites → Settings → Writing.

Settings > Writing

Manage Categories and Tags

Open the Categories or Tags panels to change their settings.

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In the Categories panel, you can:

  • Change a default category that will be used if you don’t manually assign a post to a category. If you make no changes, the default category is called “Uncategorized.” (All posts must be in at least one category.)
  • Edit existing categories.
  • Create new categories.
  • Delete categories.
  • View posts in each category.
  • Nest a category within another.

Learn more about categories.

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In the Tags panel, you can:

  • Edit existing tags.
  • Create new tags.
  • Delete tags.
  • View posts with each tag.

Learn more about tags.

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Default Post Format

If your theme supports multiple post formats, you can select the default post format applied to a post. If you make no changes, the default post format is “Standard.” Learn more about post formats.

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Date and Time Format

Open the Date and Time Format panel to choose how the date and time will be displayed on blog posts.

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Content Types

In this section, you can:

  • Set the number of posts displayed per blog page. The default number of posts per page is 10. Keep in mind that setting a higher number here may make your blog slower to load.
  • Activate a portfolio (if needed) and set the number of projects displayed on portfolio pages. Learn more about setting up portfolio projects.
  • Activate testimonials (if needed) and set the number of testimonials displayed per testimonial page. Learn more about setting up testimonials.

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Press This

Press This provides a lightning-fast way to grab text, images, or video from any website and post it to your blog without ever visiting WordPress.com. Learn more about Press This.

Press This

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Writing Settings in the WP Admin Dashboard

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Writing Settings in the WP Admin Dashboard

The Writings Settings control your WordPress writing experience. You can find the Writing Settings under Settings  Writing in the WP Admin dashboard.

Writing Settings - WP Admin Dashboard

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Writing Settings

Formatting has two options. The first option will allow you to type emoticon symbols like the smiley face when you are writing. If this option is checked, the symbols will be converted into a graphical emoticon.

If the second option is enabled, WordPress will fix any of your invalid XHTML code. Invalid XHTML code can cause problems with your layout, so this is a good option to turn on.

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The Default Post Category lets you select the category to be applied to a post if you forget to assign categories before publishing. Learn more about categories here.

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The Default Post Format lets you select the post format to be applied to a post if you forget to pick a post format before publishing. Learn more about post formats here.

Note: The Default Post Format setting will only show up if your theme supports post formats.

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The Default Link Category is similar to the previous settings but is for your links.
Learn more about links here.

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Press This

Press This provides a lightning-fast way to grab text, images, or video from any website and post it to your blog without ever visiting WordPress.com.

For more information on using Press This please check out this support doc.

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Post by Email

Post by Email is a way of publishing posts on your blog by email. Any email client can be used to send the email, allowing you to publish quickly and easily from devices such as cell phones.

For more information on using Post by Email please check out this support doc.

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Your Custom Content Types

See our guides on working with Portfolios or Testimonials for more information.

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