15 Hidden WordPress Features that You Didn’t Know About
All of us know how much WordPress has grown over the past few years; many users know how good it feels to work with it. Yet, it keeps upgrading day after day with new gadgets, plugins, themes, widgets, even features for the software, so it is hard to master it.
All in all, no need for the basic intro because the point is that there still may be some features that you have not discovered yet, so let me share these with you for your everyday use.
Here are some important tools which might help if you’re a WordPress user:
Hidden secret option page in WordPress
Would you like to see the options settings of your blog? There is a hidden master option panel for the blog options. If you would like to check it out, visit this URL: http//example.com/wp-admin/options.php (replace example.com with your domain name), and you will see a variety of options. It shows all of your blog settings, which can be edited, but it is recommended not to change them. This admin webpage is hidden for users because it is easy to make errors, and ruin your blog site. Now that you know that this panel is right there, you can take a look and it might actually help you one day.
Show/hide boxes using the screen option
The screen options button can be found on the WordPress admin area on some pages. These options let you show and hide certain things on your admin screen, which you’re currently viewing. This could come in handy as it can make your work simple and smooth. You can show/hide modules using the screen options and change the number of columns. You don’t have to worry about saving the changes, WordPress will do it for you automatically, so if you use another browser or computer it will be the same.
Markdown and keyboard shortcuts
If you mostly spend your time writing, you should definitely try to use more and more keyboard shortcuts. The unnecessary clicking can sometimes take up much time, but with this hidden tool you can write faster. There are also some markdown formatting shortcuts, typing these will get WordPress to convert them into HTML format.
For example, typing # will make a “header one”, type ## for “header two”, etc. Using > will transform into a blockquote, 1 or 1. to start an ordered list, use * or – to generate an unordered list. Do not shy away from this and try to use it as much as you can, as you can see it is easy to use and it really helps you reduce work time.
Paste URL to make links in visual editor
When you are making links in the Visual Editor, there is another way besides using popups. Instead, you can just copy your wanted URL, select the text in Visual Editor where you want the link to be and paste the copied URL. WordPress`s editor will automatically convert it into a link, and if you did it correctly, it will appear underlined and blue. If you`re making links often, be sure to use this simple shortcut.
Embed link, videos and multimedia
It is really simple to embed any content in WordPress and it will do it automatically for some of the most popular websites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. You just need to copy the URL from any of the supported sites, and paste it in WordPress. You can even embed another WordPress site in your post simply by using this method. The easy embedding feature is powered by oEmbed – this was designed for you to avoid copying HTML formats from the site which is hosting the media you wish to embed. It supports text, videos, sound, images, and more.
Also Read: How to Create a Video Website with WordPress.
Edit images in WordPress
With WordPress, it is easy to add images in your blog posts or pages. There is also a basic image editor feature built into WordPress; you can access it by going to Media -> Library page, select any image and in the popup toolbar click the Edit Image option. You can flip or scale the image, rotate it, crop it and you can even resize the image file directly from WordPress, when the image happens to be too big format.
Split single post into multiple pages
This feature covers the possibility of splitting a long post into more pages. You can write the <!–nextpage–> tag in your post where you want WordPress to split it into two pages. Keep adding as many pages as your post needs, so scrolling won`t be a problem on articles with long content. Only make sure not to be in Visual view, but rather use the Text view in your post editor when you paste in the code. There are some plugins you can find too, but this is the basic kit of WordPress that can be used for many different situations, depending on your post.
Accessibility mode for widgets
For some users it might be hard to use a mouse cursor to drag and drop things. It is true that it`s simple, but WordPress also comes with a hidden widget accessibility mode. You can just add or remove the wanted or unwanted widgets with this accessibility mode, without the need of the drag and drop feature. The widgets can be activated by entering Appearance -> Widgets page, and it is hidden under the screen option menu. There, you can find the option that you must turn on, which is called “enable accessibility mode”. After you refresh, the new interface lets you add widgets with the add link function besides their title.
Move, add or delete dashboard widgets
It is a WordPress default function that you get redirected to the WordPress admin dashboard page when you log in. On the dashboard page you can find many shortcuts used for different parts of your website. There are four different box sections, called dashboard widgets. If you go to the Screen Option button you can show or hide the boxes you need to. There is a drag and drop option in the WordPress dashboard, so you can organize the items on your dashboard as well. You can store notes, instructions or your site`s policies to administrate your site.
Preview themes without activating them
Changing WordPress themes could come with some unwanted side effects for your website. If you would only like to check out the theme you are viewing, you can install the theme and then you should go to the Appearance -> Themes page. Move the mouse cursor to the installed theme`s thumbnail and click on the Live preview option. WordPress will launch a theme customizer with your website’s preview using the new theme that you have just installed. This built-in feature can help you to not disrupt users while you can check out something you like.
WordPress is one of the best content management systems, because of its variety of features. Most writers write articles in some other editors, such as WordPad or MS Word. When you copy the content from these editors, it will copy all of the unnecessary and unwanted styles and formatting. WordPress provides you with a formatting removal option to remove any additional formatting. There is a button on your toolbar, called “clear formatting”. You need to click on that after you have highlighted the offending text and all strange formatting should vanish immediately.
Full screen mode
You can access a full screen visibility mode to focus better on writing your article. The access button option is on the toolbar, under the visual view and text view option buttons. Click on that and you will enter a full screen editing mode.
This hidden feature is a really good option, in case you can`t visit your blog for a long time and you still need to refresh or update it. It is always better to schedule some posts with a certain time interval, always maintaining the freshness of your blog or website, rather than posting everything on one day. This feature is available in the Publish section, on the right side of your post draft. Click on the Edit link, next to the Publish immediately option, select the time and date when you want the post to go live and click OK. Now, you will see the Publish turn to Schedule. Activate it to schedule the post on a given time and date.
This is another great hidden feature you might find really useful. You want to make an important post and would like it to be seen more? Consider sticky posting it on your front page to ensure better visibility. Go to the post’s Publish widget, click Edit link and check the “Stick this post to the front page” box.
Delete post names to regenerate it
After you have renamed your post and before publishing it, it is often obvious to edit the link, so that your post name is changed as the post title. You should click Edit, delete the content and hit OK. Once you do this, your post’s name will regenerate, depending on the new title that you have entered.
Have you found any other secret features of WordPress? Please share your thoughts down below in the comments!