Theme Documentation – General WordPress Settings

This part of the documentation for our free WordPress themes assumes that you already have WordPress installed on your server or hosting account. If you haven’t yet installed WordPress, please see the video on this page for instructions.

There are a few WordPress settings that we recommend changing or at least checking to make sure they are accurate.

Site Name

From the WordPress dashboard (which will be located at http://yoursite.com/wp-admin/) click on “Settings” in the left sidebar.

Theme Documentation - General WordPress Settings

Under the “General Settings” you can enter your church’s name in the “Site Title” field, and if you’d like you can enter a tagline in the “Tagline” field.

Theme Documentation - General WordPress Settings

Time

Lower on the same page (General Settings) you can set your time zone. It’s usually easiest to select a city in your timezone.

Theme Documentation - General WordPress Settings

When you are done making changes, click on the “Save Changes” button at the bottom.

Permalinks

Another change that we recommend is for the permalink settings. (Click on “Permalinks” under “Settings” in the left sidebar of the WordPress dashboard.) The permalink is the URL of a page or post created on your site. By default WordPress will give your page a permalink like http://yoursite.com/?=p123. That is not ideal for search engine rankings or for being helpful for your visitors. We recommend checking the box for “Post name”. This will give your pages URLs like http://yoursite.com/about-us/. That is much better for both search engines and human visitors.

Theme Documentation - General WordPress Settings

Click the “Save Changes” button when you are done editing the permalinks settings.

Visibility

You’ll also want to make sure that your site will be accessible to search engine users. From the WordPress dashboard click on “Settings” and “Privacy” in the left sidebar. Then make sure the box is checked to allow the site to be visible to everyone.

Theme Documentation - General WordPress Settings

Click the “Save Changes” button when you are done editing the visibility settings.

Widgets

WordPress themes use things called widgets to allow users to control certain, including the contents of a sidebar. Some of our themes use widgets and some don’t. When you first install WordPress it comes with a default theme, and the sidebar will look something like this:

Theme Documentation - General WordPress Settings

All you have to do to change the widgets is go to “Appearance” in left sidebar of the WordPress dashboard, and then click on “widgets”.

Theme Documentation - General WordPress Settings

If you look to the right side of the screen you’ll see a list of widgets under “Main Sidebar”. To remove any of the widgets, move you mouse over one of the listed widgets, left click (and hold the left mouse button) and drag the widget to somewhere in the middle of the screen, then release the mouse button.

Theme Documentation - General WordPress Settings

The specific theme documentation will provide more details if the theme makes use of widgets.

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