Advanced Settings

It is recommended that you change the settings on all of the pages before this one. You will most likely be perfectly happy without altering a single one of the remaining settings, so for that reason, we’ve grouped them under the “Advanced Settings” heading and cover them all below.

1. Media

Image Sizes

When you insert an image from your media library into a post or page, you can choose from four different sizes: thumbnail, medium, large or full size. The dimensions for each of these size options (with the obvious exception of the last) can be controlled on the ‘Media Settings’ page. The greater of an images two dimensions will adjust to the maximum If an image’s height is greater than its width — let’s say it’s 400 by 600 — and you choose to insert it at medium size with the max height for medium set to 300, then it will display at 200 by 300 pixels. Thumbnails, however, will be precisely cropped to the specified dimensions if you check the “Crop thumbnail” checkbox.

Embeds

If you check the “Auto-embeds” link, you can embed videos, images and other content into posts and pages by simply including the appropriate URL in the content area. You must make sure that you do not hyperlink the URL and that it is on its own line in your post or page editor. You can also constrain the embed size by entering values in the width and/or height fields.

2. Privacy

Site Visibility

This one’s pretty self-explanatory — do you want your blog to be crawled by Google, Bing and other search engines so that your blog will appear in search results? Choosing to block search engines will not make your blog invisible to the general public; it simply makes it less likely for complete strangers to stumble upon your blog.

3. Permalinks

Common Settings

You can get a full run-down of using WordPress permalinks at the WordPress codex if you’re adventurous, but it’s best just to use one of the built-in options or the default custom structure. Using your own custom structure may not always work, and it may even slow down the loading time for your posts and pages.

Optional

By default, the URLs for your tag and category archives will be created by adding the taxonomy base and the taxonomy term to your site URL. So by default, the URLs for the archives for the ‘rams’ category and the ‘basketball’ tag on the VCU sports blog would be http://wp.vcu.edu/vcu-sports/category/rams/ and http://wp.vcu.edu/vcu-sports/tag/basketball/. If you don’t like the literalness of having ‘category’ or ‘tag’ in the URLs, you can change them to another base of your choosing in these fields.