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Configure Blog Settings

General Settings

Customize important settings for your blog:

  1. Log in, and on the Dashboard toolbar, click Settings. The options for General Settings will appear in the main area of the page and the tool bar will expand below Settings to show more options.
  2. On the General Settings screen:
    • Site Title & Tagline
      Enter a custom Title and (optional) Tagline for your blog (This can also be set under Appearance > Customize > Site Identity).  Give your blog a short but descriptive title. For a professional blog or scholarly portfolio, include your name in the title or tagline to boost your visibility to search engines, and let readers know you are the author.
    • Email Address
      IMPORTANT: Enter the email address for UMass IT blogs administrators to contact with announcements regarding downtime or important changes to WordPress. This is especially important for blogs registered under a Subsidiary IT Account or Course IT Account: either change this email address to one that will be checked regularly or set up the subsidiary account email to forward to a regularly-checked adress.
      Note: The email address entered here is available only to UMass Amherst IT. Ordinary visitors to your site cannot, by default, generate mail to this address.
    • Optional: On this screen you may choose to adjust settings for the display of language, time, or dates.
  3. Click Save Changes (at bottom).

Exclude Search Engines and Prevent Listing in the Blogs at UMass Directory

You have the option to discourage search engines, archives, and public listings (e.g., Google, The Wayback Machine, etc.) from indexing your blog. 
Note: Unless you change this option, your blog will be accessible via these sites and will be listed in the Blogs at UMass Directory.

  1. Log into your blog, and on the Dashboard toolbar, click Settings, then Reading. The Reading Settings screen will open.
  2. On the Reading Settings screen, under Site Visibility, select Discourage search engines from indexing this site.  
  3. Click Save Changes (at bottom). 

You also can allow only particular logged-in users to view you blog. For more information, see Restrict Access to Your Blog

Blog & Front Page Settings

You can control which page on your site displays your blog posts, how many posts appear on that page, and how many posts from your blog appear when someone subscribes to your blog through an RSS feed.  

Front Page

By default, WordPress displays blog posts on the home page of your site, but you can choose to use a different page as the home page.

  1. To show a static page from your site as your first page, the first step is to create the page. (See Blog Pages: Create, Edit and Manage the Pages on Your Blog.) Name the page, for example, Home.
  2. If your site will include blog posts, you must also create a blank page to designate as your blog page. Create the page and name it, for example, Blog, or Announcements.
  3. In the Dashboard toolbar, click Settings icon (bottom left), then Reading. The Reading Settings screen will open.
    Note: You can also make this setting from Appearance > Customize > Static Front Page.)
  4. On the Reading Settings screen, under Front page displays, select A Static Page.
  5. From the Front page drop-down menu, select a page to be the first page readers see when they visit your blog. (Only existing pages will appear on the drop-down menu.)
  6. From the Posts page: drop-down menu, select the page where you wish to display your posts. (Only existing pages will appear on the drop-down menu.)
  7. Click Save Changes (at bottom).

Optionally, you will also find this setting on the Customize screen.

Number of Posts to Display

By default, your page of blog posts shows 10 posts. To change the number of posts that appear at one time on your Blog index page:

  1. Log in to your blog and in the Dashboard toolbar, click Settings icon (at left), then click Reading. The Reading Settings screen will open.
  2. On the Reading Settings screen, in the field next to Blog pages show at most, enter the number of posts to display on the main blog page.
  3. Click Save Changes (at bottom).

Note: The blog page will have a Previous Entries link at the bottom of the page to give your visitors access to older posts.

Syndication Feed

A syndication feed (RSS) will notify readers who have subscribed to your blog when content is added. Readers can use an RSS Reader to view a list of your most recent posts. Syndication Feed settings under Reading Settings control subscriptions to text posts.

Note: If you include podcasts on your blog, you can allow visitors to subscribe to your blog’s podcasts by activating the podPress plugin. See Manage Blog Plugins & Widgets.

  1. Log in to your blog, and in the Dashboard toolbar, click Settings, then Reading. The Reading Settings screen will open.
  2. On the Reading Settings screen:
    • To limit the number of posts displayed in your RSS feed: In the field next to Syndication feeds show the most recent, enter the number of posts you wish to show.
    • To determine whether readers see your full article in their RSS Reader or only see a summary, next to For each article in a feed, show, select either Full text or Summary.
  3. Click Save Changes (at bottom).

Delete Blog (WARNING: This Cannot be Undone)

The Delete Blog option will permanently prevent you from logging in to your blog. Your blog will be erased along with all its contents. As an alternative to deleting your blog, you may prefer to make the blog visible only to administrators (i.e., yourself) (see Restrict Access to your Blog).  

Note: You should think very carefully before you decide to delete your blog. This action cannot be undone. If you delete your blog, you will not be able to restore it or reuse it.

If you still decide to delete your blog:

  1. Log in to your blog, and in the Dashboard toolbar, click Tools, then Delete Site.
  2. Select the checkbox for I'm sure I want to permanently disable my site, and I am aware I can never get it back or use blogs.umass.edu/accountname/ again.
  3. Click Delete My Site Permanently.