The Discussion Settings group relates to the different ways that comments can be controlled, when notification should occur, and customization levels for comment authors. It contains the following items:

  • Default Article Settings:
    • Attempt to notify any blogs linked to the article (slows down posting) – default enabled
    • Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) – default enabled
    • Allow people to post comments on the article – default enabled
  • E-mail Me Whenever:
    • Anyone posts a comment – default enabled
    • A comment is held for moderation (should be reviewed prior to publishing) – default enabled
  • Before a Comment Appears:
    • An administrator must always approve the comment – default disabled
    • Comment author must fill out name and e-mail – default enabled
    • Comment author must have a previously approved comment – default enabled
  • Comment Moderation: Triggers for possible spam or inappropriate content alerts – requires administrator to review comment prior to publication
  • Comment Blacklist: Trigger for automatic spam or inappropriate content

Avatars – An image that follows a user from blog to blog and appears beside the username when a comment is made on an avatar enabled site

  • Avatar Display: Whether or not to show avatars on your site
  • Maximum Rating: The self-imposed site rating – uses movie ratings as a rating standard
  • Default Avatar: A default avatar to use if users don’t’ have their own

The Reading Settings group relates to front page displays and feed output options. It contains the following items:

  • Blog Pages Show at Most: How many blog pages you want to show, at most.
  • Syndication Feeds Show the Most Recent: Determine the number of recent syndication feeds to show.
  • For Each Article in a Feed, Show: Determines whether to show full or summary text in a feed.
  • Encoding for Pages and Feeds: The character encoding you write your blog in – UTF-8 is default and recommended.

The Writing Settings group relates to some formatting and feed input options. It contains the following items:

  • Size of the post box: How many posts you want your post list to show
  • Formatting: Options for converting emoticons to graphics and automatic correction of invalidly nested XHTML
  • Default Post Category: The post category that should automatically be used if one is not selected
  • Default Link Category: The link category that should automatically be used if one is not selected

Remote publishing – used to post to WordPress from a desktop blogging client or remote website that uses the Atom Publishing protocol or one of the XML-RPC publishing interfaces

  • Atom Publishing Protocol: Enables the Atom Publishing Protocol
  • XML-RPC: Enables the WordPress, Movable Type, MetaWeblog and Blogger XML-RPC publishing protocols

The General Settings group relates to basic display and time grouping items shown on your blog. It contains the following items:

  • Blog Title: The display title of your blog.
  • Tagline: What your blog is about.
  • E-mail Address: The e-mail address where you want site generated e-mail to go to.
  • Membership: Toggle box which, when enabled, only allows registered, logged in users to comment
  • Timezone: The time zone that you are in. Note: This setting must be manually updated for Daylight Savings Time
  • Date Format: Determines the date format to show (such as December 18, 2008)
  • Time Format: Determines the time format to show (standard or military)
  • Week Starts On: Select the day your week starts on