In This Chapter
As exciting as it is to dig right in and start blogging right away, you should attend to a few housekeeping items first, including adjusting the settings that allow you to personalize your Web site or blog. These settings are the first settings that we cover in this chapter because these settings create your readers' experience with your Web site.
In this chapter, you can completely explore the Settings menu in the WordPress Dashboard and discover how to configure items such as date and time settings, site titles, and e-mail notification settings. This chapter also covers important aspects of your Web site configuration, such as permalinks, discussion options, and privacy settings.
Some of the menu items, such as creating and publishing new posts, are covered in detail in other chapters, but they're well worth a mention here, as well. (Each section in this chapter contains a cross-reference telling you where you can find more in-depth information on that topic in this book.)