Blog settings

If you have the required permissions, the Blog settings screen is divided in two tabs: Parameters and Users.


Depending on your permissions, you may have access to only some of the parameters described here.

Blog details

Blog ID

This field lets you provide a unique ID for each blog (the main blog has the ID "default").


If you change your Blog ID, you must be sure that the script responding to its address is able to handle it (see the Administration guide). If you only have one blog, don't change its ID.

Blog name

This field lets you edit the blog's title. You can change it any time.

Blog URL

Full address of your blog. Depending on whether the URL scan method is PATH_INFO or QUERY_STRING, you will have to add either "/" or "?" (respectively) at the end of the URL, except in some special cases.

URL Scan method

  • PATH_INFO: The URL is extracted from the PATH_INFO variable. The URLs generated is of the type /blog/post/….
  • QUERY_STRING: The URL is read from the QUERY_STRING variable, and generated URLs are of the blog?post/… type.


If you want to use the PATH_INFO method, first check that your hosting provider supports it. You will then have to enter the blog url as http://myblog/index.php/, and uncomment the PATH_INFO section in inc/config.php.

If you choose the QUERY_STRING method, specify the blog url as http://myblog/index.php? or http://myblog?

Blog status

This menu lets you set the status of a blog:

  • online: the blog is online.
  • offline (private): the blog is no longer available to the public but its users may use it normally.
  • removed: only the administration interface is available, and access is restricted to super-admins only.

Blog description

The blog description is displayed in the RSS thread and in your blog if the required display code has been inserted into the active theme's template files.

Blog configuration

Blog editor name

This field lets you indicate the name of the person responsible for the blog's content. It is displayed in the feed details.

This field lets you display a copyright notice in the feed.

Default language

This is the global language for all blogs.

This setting changes the language of the public interface of your blog whan a translation exists. If it is not set, the public interface will default to English. Individual blogs can override this setting, or use the global default.

New post URL format

Use the drop-down menu to select your preferred URL format for entry-specific pages.

Blog timezone

This setting applies to the entries and comments on your blog.

XML/RPC interface

This option allows you to enable Dotclear's XML/RPC interface for this blog. This feature lets you edit your blog using external tools.

Comments and trackbacks

Accept comments / Accept trackbacks

Uncheck the relevant check boxes to forbid comments and/or trackbacks on your blog.


If the blog allows comments and/or trackbacks via these settings, you may block them on individual entries, but if they are disabled for the blog, you cannot enable comments and/or trackbacks for individual posts.

Moderate comments / Moderate trackbacks

If you select these options, any new comment or trackback will be moderated, i.e. it will not be published until approved by an editor.

Leave comments / trackbacks open

This option lets you set how long comments and trackbacks should remain open after the publication of an entry. Set this option to 0 if you do not want them to be automatically closed after a certain period.

Wiki syntax for comments

Tick this checkbox to allow the use of wiki syntax in the comments.

"No-follow" property

If you select this option, search engine robots will not follow the links included in comments and trackbacks. This also applies to the link to the author's website.

Blog presentation

Date format / Time format

These settings define the way dates and times are displayed on your blog. The Help panel describes the various formats to help you choose the right one (short or long date, etc.). You may also wish to visit the PHP documentation on date and time formats.

Display smilies on entries and comments

Replaces text smilies (smileys) with the corresponding graphics. The matches between texts and smilies can be found in the file dotclear/themes/default/smilies/smilies.txt .

Number of entries per page

If there are more entries than the maximum number defined in this field, a link to the previous pages will be displayed after the page's last entry.

Syndication feeds

There are three options available for you to control your syndication feed:

  • number of entries
  • number of comments
  • whether the entries should be truncated or not

Media and images

Generated image sizes

When you add an image to the Media manager, smaller sizes are automatically generated. You can use these fields to specify the size of the larger dimension for each type of generated image.

Inserted image title

This field lets you define the format of the title that is automatically added to image tags. The title is composed from the image's metadata.

Search engine robot policy

These options let you choose whether you want search engine robots ("spiders") to index and/or archive the content of your blog. Select the last option if you do not want your blog to be found via search engines.


This option let you set how long junk comments should be kept before being automatically deleted.

If this plugin is installed, use this option to activate or deactivate it per blog.


Do not forget apply your changes by clicking on the Save button at the bottom of this page.

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