A WordPress is an open source website creation tool written in PHP. It’s the most popular and easiest way to create the blogging and website content management system. It is the most flexible CMS for beginners to create and manage a website online.

About Writing Settings in WordPress

The writing settings control the writing experience and provide options for customizing a WordPress website. These settings control the features in adding and editing posts, Pages, and Post Types. It also provides optional functions like Remote Publishing, Post via e-mail, and Update Services which notifies whenever new content is published on the website.

Steps to Configure Writing Settings:

Step 1: Login to WordPress dashboard. Then go to Settings -> Writing option.settings

Step 2: Now, the Writing Settings page is displayed as shown in the below image.writing

Let us discuss briefly the details of the fields on the Writing Settings page. The first few options will affect your Post/Page Editor while the other settings control the external publishing methods.


This section is no longer added to new WordPress installations after WordPress 4.3. It is still available in newer versions but it is not visible on ‘WordPress Writing Settings’ screen. There are two sub-options available in this section for better user experience.

  • The first option Convert emoticons like 🙂 and 😛 to graphics on display will turn text-based emoticons into graphic-based emoticons.
  • The second option is WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically. It corrects the invalid XHTML placed within the posts or pages automatically.
Default Post Category:

It is the category applied to the new post if you do not assign a specific category when writing a post. Use the drop-down menu to select the default post category and you can leave it as Uncategorized.

Default Post Format:

Post Formats are used by themes to create different stylings for different types of posts. If your theme supports multiple posts formats, then you can select the default post format applied to the post. If no changes are made, then the default post format is ‘Standard’.

Post via E-mail:

This option publishes posts on your blogs through emails. You need to set up a secret email account with POP3 access to create posts and any mail received to this address will be posted. To enable this feature, complete the following fields to configure the email account

  • Mail Server – It receives emails on your behalf and stores them for retrieving it. It has an address like mail.example.com.
  • Port – The server uses port number 110 to receive requests related to emails. If your mail server uses a different port number, enter it.
  • Login Name – It uses the email address for creating posts. For example, if the email address used for posting by mail is wordpress@example.com. Then the login name is ‘WordPress’.
  • Password – Enter the email account password.
  • Default Mail Category – It allows to select a custom category for the posts published through Post via Email feature.
Update Services: 

This feature automatically notifies about the update services listed in the Update Services box. WordPress adds only one service to the ‘Update Services’ box in the newer installation by default. To know more about these services, see Update Services on the codex.

Step 3: Once the above information is filled, click on the Save Changes button to save it.

Now, you have successfully configured Writing Settings in WordPress. We hope that this tutorial will be helpful to configure Writing Settings in WordPress. For more information, follow us on Twitter and Facebook and For video tutorials, subscribe to our YouTube channel ServerCake India.

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