This tutorial will provide an overview of the Settings tab, which provides access to your payment options, domain connection, passwords, and more.
Access Settings from Your Dashboard...
Log in to your Format account.
The Settings Tab has four main areas: Account, Site, Subscription, and Blog.
You can use the Email Address field to change the email address you use to login. You can only have one email address defined, so you'll also want to ensure this is an address you have full access to and that it's the one you'll want any messages sent from a Contact Form to be delivered to.
To change your Password simply enter it into both fields, then click "Update Password".
The Subscription Settings section allows you to choose what kind of correspondence you'd like to receive from us.
Site - Part 1
Your Site Title is what will appear in a web browser's title area. This title will also be used by search engines like Google, and is an important area to consider for SEO. You should include your (or your business) name and keep the title short, as most search engines only read approximately 100 characters.
The Format Address is the subdomain your site has on Format.com. This is the address you'll use to view your portfolio. If you have a connected domain, your subdomain address is still valid, and will simply redirect visitors to your custom domain.
The Domain field is where you input your domain name if you have a custom domain you'd like to use with Format. We have a general tutorial on the subject here: format.com/articles/1466 as well as tutorials for specific domain registrars which are continually updated on our main Help page. We also offer members of the Format community the option to submit a help request, which will have one of our Support Team members complete the operation for you.
Site - Part 2
Site Icon lets you choose a file on your computer to set as your site icon, or "favicon", displayed in the tab or address bar of your visitor's web browser (how favicons are displayed varies by browser).
Protect Images allows you to ensure that visitors to your site are unable to right-click and save your images. The text field allows you to input a specific message to display to anyone right-clicking on an image on your site.
New Item Position lets you use the dropdown menu to select whether you would like newly uploaded images to appear at the beginning (First) or end (Last) of your Gallery Pages.
Site - Part 3
Website Description provides an input field for your site's description. This should provide a useful description of what visitors can expect from your site, and is valuable for SEO.
Website Keywords are words which you want associated with your site. Modern search engines do not use keywords for ranking your site, however they are still valuable as "tags" for visitors to your site to get an idea of the kind of content you provide.
You can add Custom Include information into the input field. We have a more comprehensive tutorial here.
Clicking on "Upgrade" under Plan will let you change the subscription plan you currently have with us.
Your Payment Type is the method of payment associated with your account, which you can change by clicking "Upgrade" or "Edit".
The Billing Date is the date on which you will be charged for your plan.
Choosing "See All" under Billing History will allow you to view your full history of charges.
Your Blog Title is the heading under which your blog will appear on your site's menu, as well as what will be seen by Search Engines.
The Blog Path is the URL visitor's to your site can access your blog by.
The Default Blog Homepage dropdown lets you select the style of display for your blog's homepage. We suggest trying these all out to see which one you like best. Keep in mind if you don't have a lot of content to start, some styles like the "Last X Posts" may not appear to differ from one another.
You can set the Default Image Display Style to change the default manner images will be presented in your Blog posts. You can still control individual image sets from within the Blog editor.
If you choose to Add Social Sharing Links to Posts your posts will display icons for sharing on Twitter or Facebook.
Automatically Share Published Posts if you want to display a pop-up window to your guests for all posts you've published.
Your blog's Meta Description is a short description of it's content which is used by search engines on their results pages. It's important to keep this short, and your SEO will benefit if you include terms in your description from your title.
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