The blog settings page includes various sections that allow you to configure many settings that apply to the blog and affect how every page behaves.
- title and description
- search engines:
- allow indexing: instructs search engines to either add your site to their index, or to ignore it altogether. By default indexing is disabled because in most cases users want to prepare a site (themes etc) before making it public
- title, description: by default these are derived from the title and description of the blog, but you can customise them for search engines if you want them to show a different title and description in search results. If title and description for search engines are not set, these settings will be derived from the default title and description of the blog and truncated if too long (because there's a limit to the number of characters shown in search results)
- title, description and image for Facebook and Twitter - these affect how shares of the blog homepage appear on those social networks
- date and time: you can configure the time zone of the blog and the format of dates and times should as displayed for posts and pages
- logo, favicon (the little icon shown in the tabs and bookmarks of your browser), and a cover image that can be used for example as background/header on the homepage
- default layouts: there are 6 types of layouts required to render homepage, posts, pages, archives, tag pages and author pages, and you can configure the default layouts. The layouts available for selection are taken from the currently published version of the current theme. By default, the expected layouts are named index, post, page, archive, tag, author. The selected layouts for articles can also be overridden on a per-article basis
- whether to show the full content or just the summary of posts in the RSS feed
- how many posts should be displayed per page in the homepage, and archive/tag/author pages
- the permalink format for posts: this affects how the URL of posts is constructed and it can contain the data or just the slug.
Most of these settings are optional, but we recommend that you choose a good title and description for search engines at a minimum.