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Hidden Features of WordPress


Tony Notermann

Experienced website design and SEO business owner skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Wordpress Web Design, Google Search Console and Analytics, Keyword Research, and Link Building.

WordPress was introduced as a blogging platform in May 2003. Fast forward to 2018, WordPress has evolved into powerful content management system (CMS) running roughly 30% of websites worldwide. Over the years, the platform has expanded it’s features and capabilities, most users only utilize the basic features that appear in the admin panel. If you are looking to expand your knowledge and use the full features available in WordPress, read on for a list of how to take advantage of the underused WordPress features.

Featured Image

Featured image allows you to associated a featured image with a post or page. Many theme authors incorporated a feature image into their designs, should yours not have a featured image, you can still do so:

Select the feature image tab from your post or page – browse to the media library and select the image you want.

Posts Screen Options

Screen options can extend the functionality of your posts and pages. To access the screen options for you Posts, go to the upper right corner just below the “Howdy, your name” and click “Screen Options.” 

Within the screen options, you have a variety of options to change. Checking or unchecking options changes the view or functionality within your posts. It’s personal preference as to what options you want or don’t want to see. Play around with it a bit to find a combination that you like. 

Pages Screen Options

To access the screen options for you Pages, go to the upper right corner just below the “Howdy, your name” and click “Screen Options.” 

Within the screen options, you have a variety of options to change. Checking or unchecking options changes the view or functionality within your posts. It’s personal preference as to what options you want or don’t want to see. Play around with it a bit to find a combination that you like.

Help

Help is located right next to screen options. Help is at your fingertips and can be used before you switch tabs to internet search your issue. 

Posts help looks like this:

Pages help looks like this:

The help function is a great way to dig deeper and potentially learn about the issues you may be seeing on your site.

Post and Page Options

Whether you are new to WordPress or looking to expand your knowledge, Post and Page Options are a great way to learn more. Post and Page Options are found in the right panel of post or page editor. I want to highlight a few specific options for you:

Visibility allows you to make your posts public, private, or password protected (you provide a password to a certain audience or user).

Sticky Post allows any blog post to move to the first position in your blog, even if you have newer blog posts.

You can also change the Publication Date of a post, which changes the order of the blog post.

If you need to go back to an older version for any reason at all, you can use Revisions. Every time you save a draft, a revision will be made, which will allow to you to back minutes, hours, days, weeks, or months to grab the revision you want.

Editor Options

Have you ever wondered what all the buttons do with the editor? Here is a visual representation of the features within editor.

If you are familiar with HTML, you can also use the Text Editor to edit or add code.

More Tag

You’ve probably noticed a post or page with “Continue Reading” or “Read More” link at the bottom of the page, which takes the user to the full post or page. 

In visual editor, you can click the Insert More Tab button at the point you want to split up the post or page. Everything after the More will be displayed on the next page. If you know HTML, you can insert the following code at the point where you want to spilt the post or page.

<!—more—>

Next Page Tag

The next page allows you break the article into multiple pages to make easier for people to read.

In text editor, add the following code to create the next page:

<!—nextpage—>

First part of the article.

<!—nextpage—>

Second part of the article.

<!—nextpage—>

Quick Edit

Quick Edit doesn’t allow to edit the copy of a post or page, it allows you to edit to the following aspects: Title, Slug, Date, Author, Categories, Tags, Comments, and Status.

Miscellaneous Shortcuts

Different from accessing keyboard shortcuts with the post / page editor, you can also type in shortcuts that will turn into a type of formatting.

Using Visual Editor, type the characters followed by the words you need (i.e.- ##Heading2,  would look like ##Visual Editor) the following are the rest of the shortcuts you can use for formatting:

Using Text Editor, you can type in the below shortcuts (entity names and numbers) to create the symbols / results.

Take Caution – Hidden Secret Options Panel

You can access a secret spot at http://sitename.com/wp-admin/options.php This should be last resort to make changes as it can cause you a lot of trouble if things go wonky. 

Conclusion

WordPress is a powerful content management system with tons of features to help make things easier for you. I hope the features and capabilities listed here have helped you become more knowledgeable with WordPress. Comment below with your ‘aha’ or ‘that’s how you do that’ moment. 

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Tony Notermann

Experienced website design and SEO business owner skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Wordpress Web Design, Google Search Console and Analytics, Keyword Research, and Link Building.

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