WordPress Writing Settings (Complete Guide)

Writing settings in WordPress allows you to manage default post category, post format, post via email and notify update services.

WordPress writing settings

To open Writing Settings in WordPress, click Settings → Writing option in WordPress.

Default Post Category

You can set the default category for your post, using this option. By default it is “Uncategorized”. You find all categories options for field value.

Default Post Format

To manage the default post format for new posts, you can use this setting option. This setting is used by themes to apply post format.

Next, to set a different format for any post, you can select the post specific format from the post page setting.

Post via email

These settings are for creating WordPress posts by email. Post via email setting needs Mail Server, Port Login Name and Password.

Field descriptionTo post to WordPress by email, you must set up a secret email account with POP3 access. Any mail received at this address will be posted, so it’s a good idea to keep this address very secret. Here are three random strings you could use: Lr2GuxnS, W9jIt9jt, 94BlOznp.

Mail Server

Set your mail server URI address and Port value. Mail Server, which allows reading your sent emails to WordPress  and stores them for retrieval.

Here, you need a POP3 compatible mail server, which has a URI address. For example, mail.example.com.

Login Name

WordPress needs its own email account to create a post. Given email will be used as a login name.

Also, kept this email as a secret to avoid spammers post links activities.


This is the password for WordPress’ own email account to create a post via email.

Default Mail Category

You can manage the default category for all posts, which are published by Post via email service.

Update Services

Manage new post notify site update services list. WordPress automatically notifies the given site update services.

Field descriptionWhen you publish a new post, WordPress automatically notifies the following site update services. For more about this, see the Update Services documentation article. Separate multiple service URLs with line breaks.

How to save WordPress – Writing Settings?

To save your Writing Settings in WordPress, click the “Save” button after making changes for settings.

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