How to adjust the writing settings in WordPress

WordPress writing settings control features that affect writing new posts. These settings control WordPress’s features in adding and editing posts and pages, and posting via email and Update Services.

Editing the writing settings


You can use these checkboxes to control some of your blog’s formatting.


Convert emoticons to graphics on display – Checking this tells WordPress to convert all of the emoticons in your posts into graphical smilies.

WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically – Checking this helps ensure that what you write in your posts is valid XHTML code. You should probably check this box since invalid code sometimes causes problems with web browsers.

Default post category

The category you select from this dropdown is called the default post category. The default post category is assigned to a post if you fail to set any other categories with writing your posts. If you delete a category, the posts in that category will be assigned the default post category.


Default post format

The Post Format you select from this dropdown is called the default Post Format. Themes use post formats to create different styling for different types of posts. This setting is only visible if the current activated theme supports post formats. The WordPress Twenty Sixteen theme is an example of a theme supporting various post formats, including Standard (no unique format), Aside, and Gallery.


Press This

Press This is a bookmarklet: a little app that runs in your browser and lets you grab bits of the web and quickly post them to your blog.

Use Press This to clip text, images and videos from any web page. Then edit and add more straight from Press This before you save or publish it in a post on your site.

Drag-and-drop the following link to your bookmarks bar or right-click it and add it to your favourites for a posting shortcut.


Post via email

With this option, you can set up your blog to publish emails as blog posts. To do this, you would send an email to a specific address you’ve established for the purpose. More than likely, you will need the help of your web host and/or your email provider. This feature is 100% optional; you can still publish posts from the Posts Add New Screen if you don’t want to post via email.


Complete the following fields to post by email:

Mail Server – A mail server receives emails on your behalf and stores them for retrieval. Your mail server will have a URI address, such as, which you should enter here.

Port – Servers usually use port 110 to receive requests related to emails. If your mail server uses a different port, enter that port number here.

Login Name – If, for example, the email address you will be using for the writing by email feature is, then ‘wordpress’ is the Login name.

Password – Enter the password for the above email address here. WordPress displays three possible passwords in the introduction section of this screen.

Default Mail Category – WordPress will assign this category to all posts published via the post by email feature.

Update services

When you publish a new post, WordPress automatically notifies the update services of the sites listed in the box. For more about this, see Update Services on the Codex. When entering services, separate multiple URLs with line breaks. If your Privacy Settings Blog Visibility is set to “I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors,” the message “WordPress is not notifying any Update Services because of your blog’s privacy settings” is displayed.


When you have finished making changes, click Save Changes.

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