WordPress Content Editor Interface – Settings Section

Learn how to use the Settings section of the WordPress Gutenberg content editor …

WordPress Gutenberg Content Editor Interface – Settings Section

WordPress Gutenberg - The Ultimate Guide For Non-Technical WordPress UsersThis tutorial is part of our WordPress Gutenberg: The Ultimate Guide For Non-Technical WordPress Users series.

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As discussed in this tutorial, the WordPress Gutenberg content editor interface consists of three main sections:

  1. Editing Toolbar
  2. Content Area
  3. Settings Section (this section)

In this tutorial, you will learn about the ‘Settings’ section of the editor.

For tutorials on the other sections of the Gutenberg content editor interface, go here:

WordPress Content Editor: ‘Settings’ Section

The Gutenberg content editor interface contains a ‘Settings’ section for:

  • Documents (e.g. Posts, Pages)
  • Blocks

WordPress Gutenberg Content Editor - Settings Section

(WordPress Gutenberg Content Editor – Settings Section)

Block Settings

The ‘Block Editor’ (located above each block in the content area) includes most of the settings you need to configure your blocks.

The Block Settings in the right-hand content editor sidebar let you configure additional settings and options that are specific for each block type …

Block Settings

(Block Settings)

To learn more about using ‘blocks’ and configuring individual block settings, see this tutorial:

Document Settings

‘Document Settings’ apply to the post or page that you are working on (i.e. think of these as your ‘Post’ or ‘Page’ settings rather than individual block settings) …

Document Settings

(Document Settings)

Important

Different settings will display in the ‘Settings’ section, depending on whether you are working on a ‘Post’ or a ‘Page’ …

Gutenberg Content Editor Settings: Posts vs Pages

(Gutenberg Content Editor Settings: Posts vs Pages)

These settings are explained further below.

Important

If you need help understanding the main differences between WordPress Posts and Pages (and when to use which type), see the tutorial below:

Post Settings

‘Post’ settings include:

  • Status & Visibility
  • Revisions
  • Permalink
  • Categories
  • Tags
  • Featured Images
  • Excerpt
  • Discussion

Page Settings

‘Page’ settings include:

  • Status & Visibility
  • Featured Images
  • Discussion
  • Page Attributes

Each of these sections is covered below:

Status & Visibility

Important

If you’re not sure what different post or page statuses mean, this will hopefully help you:

Page/Post Status

In WordPress, Posts and Pages can be assigned the following status:

  • Published: Published posts and pages display to everyone who visits your site unless they’re set as ‘Private’ or ‘Password-Protected’ (see ‘Visibility Settings’  below).
  • Draft: A draft post is not visible to site visitors and registered members or users unless they are a site administrator.
  • Pending Review: A post marked as ‘Pending Review’ is similar to a draft post, but needs to be reviewed and approved for publication by a user with a minimum permission-level of Editor.

To learn how to assign user permissions in WordPress, see this tutorial:

Page/Post Visibility

Visibility Settings

(Visibility Settings)

Select different visibility settings for your posts and pages:

  • Public: Setting a post to ‘Public’ makes it visible to all visitors after the post or page has been published.
  • Private: A ‘Private’ post is only visible to you (if you are the site administrator) and/or users with editor or administrative privileges. You must be logged into your site to view a private post.
  • Password Protected: Password-protecting a post or page means that your post or page content can only be viewed by users with the correct password.

(Post Visibility)

The Status & Visibility section includes additional settings.

Page/Post Publishing

Modify your post/page publishing dates and times in the ‘Publish’ settings section …

Status & Visibility: Post/Page Publish Settings

(Status & Visibility: Post/Page Publish Settings)

Note: You can navigate the calendar using various keyboard shortcuts …

Status & Visibility: Post/Page Publish Settings

(Status & Visibility: Post/Page Publish Settings)

Page/Post Scheduling

Schedule your posts or pages to be published at a later (or earlier) date or time …

Schedule Posts/Pages For Publishing Later

(Schedule Posts/Pages For Publishing Later)

To learn more about scheduling posts/pages, see the tutorial below:

Post Format

Depending on the Theme being used on your site, you may see a ‘Post Format’ option displayed, allowing you to select a format for your post from a dropdown menu …

Post Format

(Post Format)

To learn more about posts formats, see the tutorial below:

Create Sticky Posts

Create sticky posts by ticking the ‘Stick to the Front Page’ checkbox …

Create Sticky Posts

(Create Sticky Posts)

To learn more about making posts ‘sticky,’ see the tutorial below:

Change Post Author

If your site has more than one user with a minimum privilege of ‘Author’, you can assign/reassign your post/page to a different author …

Change A Post Author

(Change A Post Author)

To learn more about changing post authors, see the tutorial below:

Pending Review

Set draft documents to ‘Pending Review’ by ticking the ‘Pending Review’ checkbox …

Pending Review

(Pending Review)

Important

Note: The ‘Pending Review’ checkbox will not display if your post/page has already been published. To view the ‘Pending Review’ settings, save your published post/page as a draft by clicking on ‘Switch to Draft’ (see Editing Toolbar section for details) …

Switch to Draft

(Switch to Draft)

Move To Trash

Delete your posts or pages by sending these to the trash …

Move To Trash

(Move To Trash)

Revisions

Autosaving is automatically enabled for all WordPress posts and pages and does not overwrite your published content …

WordPress autosaves your content

(WordPress autosaves your content)

Also, every time you save your content, WordPress stores a revision in your database …

Page/Post Revisions Panel

(Page/Post Revisions Panel)

This lets you go back and compare different versions of the same post or page if you need to recover some of your previously-written content …

(Post Revisions)

To learn more about using WordPress Autosave and Post Revisions, see the tutorial below:

Permalink

Permalink Settings Panel

(Permalink Settings Panel)

About Permalinks:

  • Permalink stands for “permanent link.” It is also referred to as a user-friendly URL, SEO-friendly URL, or pretty links.
  • WordPress automatically creates permalinks for your posts and pages based on their title. (Note: This feature must be configured in your site’s Permalink settings)
  • Punctuation marks such as commas, quotes, apostrophes, and invalid URL characters are removed and spaces are substituted with dashes to separate each word in your post/page URLs.
  • When you set a permalink URL for a post or page, WordPress makes sure that all links on your site will point to the correct URL, even if you edit the slug, change the category (posts), or set a different parent page.

Post/Page Slug & Permalink

(Post/Page Slug & Permalink)

WordPress automatically creates a permalink as soon as you save or publish a new post or page based on their title …

Post/Page Permalink

(Post/Page Permalink)

You can manually change your permalink URL without editing your post/page title by editing the slug …

Changing the Permalink

(Changing the Permalink)

To learn how to set up and use permalinks in WordPress, go here:

Post Categories

Category Settings Panel

(Category Settings Panel)

About Post Categories:

  • Categories help classify your website’s posts into related topics and keep your content organized for your site visitors (and search engines).
  • Assigning categories to your posts also helps users navigate your content more easily and find what they are looking for quicker
  • WordPress provides a number of features that sort and group your content using categories (e.g. ‘Post Archive’ pages).
  • You can assign posts to existing categories and add new categories when creating new posts.
  • You can also create and manage your categories by selecting Posts > Categories in your administration menu.

The Categories settings section lets you assign posts to categories …

Assign posts to categories

(Assign posts to categories)

And add new categories ‘on the fly’ while creating or editing your posts …

Add new categories to posts

(Add new categories to posts)

Note: If the ‘Categories’ panel is not displaying in your content editor’s settings section, check that the panel is enabled in your ‘Options’ settings (More Tools & Options > Options> Document Panels).

To learn more about setting up and using categories, see the tutorial below:

Post Tags

Tags Settings Panel

(Tags Settings Panel)

About Post Tags:

  • Tags provide a way to help organize your content at a more detailed level than categories.
  • Tags are like index entries for your WordPress posts
  • Clicking on a tag brings up a list of posts assigned to the same tag.
  • How tags display on your site is controlled by your theme, theme styles, or page layout. This can affect areas like:
    • Tags may or may not display on your post,
    • Tags may display differently on your site (e.g. using different styles),
    • Tags may display in different areas of your site or different sections of your page.

To add new tags to your posts, type your tags into the ‘Add New Tag’ field (separate tags by commas), and press the ‘Enter’ key …

Add New Tags

(Add New Tags)

WordPress suggests existing tags when you’re entering new tags into this section. This allows you to keep your posts tightly grouped by using the same tags added to other posts on your site …

Post Tags

(Post Tags)

Note: If the ‘Tags’ panel is not displaying in your content editor’s settings section, check that this option is enabled (More Tools & Options > Options> Document Panels).

To learn more about setting up and using tags, see the tutorial below:

Featured Image

Featured Image Settings Panel

(Featured Image Settings Panel)

About Featured Images:

  • Featured Images can be used on your Posts and Pages.
  • Featured Images are controlled by your theme’s styles and display differently depending on the theme you have installed on your site.
  • Featured images use images stored in your WordPress Media Library

Featured Images Settings

(Featured Images Settings)

You can add, replace, and remove featured images from your posts and pages using the Featured Image settings section …

(Featured Image)

Notes:

  • If the ‘Featured Images’ settings panel is not displaying in your content editor’s settings section, check that this option is enabled (More Tools & Options > Options> Document Panels).
  • If you can’t see featured images displayed on your site after adding a featured image, check that:
    • Your theme supports the use of Featured Images.
    • Your theme’s Featured Image settings have been configured properly.

To learn more about using featured images in your posts and pages, see the tutorial below:

Post Excerpt

Post Excerpt Settings Panel

(Post Excerpt Settings Panel)

About Post Excerpts:

  • By default, Post Excerpts are a feature of WordPress ‘Posts’. You can add excerpts to ‘Pages’ by installing plugins.
  • Excerpts let you craft a concise description for your posts (e.g. add a brief “teaser”) that will display in selected areas of your website, such as your blog page, category pages, post archives pages, RSS feed, search results pages, etc. …

Excerpt Settings

(Excerpt Settings)

Note: If the ‘Excerpts’ panel is not displaying in your content editor’s settings section, check that this option is enabled (More Tools & Options > Options> Document Panels).

To learn more about using post excerpts, see the tutorial below:

Discussion

Discussion Settings Panel

(Discussion Settings Panel)

About Comments & Discussions:

  • Discussion Settings display on Posts and Pages.
  • WordPress provides commenting and discussion features that let visitors and users engage with and interact on your site. You can specify global settings for these features and then turn these on or off for individual posts and pages. (Note: these features must be configured in your site’s Discussion Settings.)
  • Commenting and Discussion features can be enhanced and extended using various WordPress engagement plugins.

You can allow/disallow visitors from commenting on your posts and pages, and allow/disallow Pingbacks and Trackbacks by selecting/deselecting the checkboxes in the Discussion settings panel …

Discussion Settings Panel

(Discussion Settings Panel)

Pingbacks & Trackbacks
  • Trackbacks let you notify legacy blog systems that you have linked to them in your post.
  • If you link to other WordPress sites or blogs, they’ll be notified automatically using pingbacks.

Learn more about WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks here:

Note: If the ‘Discussions’ panel is not displaying in your content editor’s settings section, check that this option is enabled (More Tools & Options > Options> Document Panels).

To learn more about configuring Discussion settings for your WordPress site, see the tutorial below:

Page Attributes

Page Attributes Settings Panel

(Page Attributes Settings Panel)

Pages have an additional ‘Page Attributes’ panel that lets you configure options such as:

  • Page Template (e.g. Full-width, Boxed-width, No sidebars, etc.)
  • Parent Page (this lets you create hierarchical/nested page structures)
  • Page Order, etc …

Page Attributes

(Page Attributes)

Notes:

  • The page attributes you see in this section depend on what plugins and theme you have installed on your site.
  • If the ‘Page Attributes’ panel is not displaying in your content editor’s settings section, check that this option is enabled (More Tools & Options > Options> Document Panels).

To learn more about the properties of WordPress ‘Pages’, go here: How To Create A New Page In WordPress

Congratulations! Hopefully, now you know how the WordPress Gutenberg content editor works and how to use the sections, features, settings, and options of the content editor interface.

For the previous tutorials in this series, go here:

For more tutorials on using the Gutenberg content editor, go here:

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