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Features of WordPress You Did not know


There are some lesser known features of WordPress you might not have heard of before.  These features that I’m going to touch on,  can help enable you to become better at WordPress

1. Screen Options

WP Screen Options

Screen Options can extend the functionality of certain admin pages. Within the admin section, scroll all the way to the upper right-hand corner and you’ll find Screen Options just below the “Howdy ‘your name’” message.

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Using Screen Options gives you the ability to toggle on and off different features of specific admin pages, including pages, posts, comments, widgets, menu, plugins, and more. Depending on plugins and theme option you will have more or less options than on my site.

2. Help

Located right next to screen options, you can use Help before googling the question at hand. Depending on which admin page you’re on, the help guidelines will differ. For instance, if you’re on the post editor page, help options will look as follows:

WP Help

The help function is a great way to learn some things you weren’t familiar with before, or that wouldn’t be as easy to find elsewhere.

3. Post & Page Options

You might have overlooked Post Options and Page Options, which are found in the right panel of the post editor or page editor.

WP Page Options

Here are some specific functions you should be aware of:

  • You can use Visibility to make your posts public or only available to a specific audience (they’ll need a password to access it).
  • Making a post Sticky will enable it to show up first, even after new blog posts are created.
  • You can also change the Publication Date of a post. Changing the publication of a blog post will change its order.
  • If you happen to need to go back to an older version of the post (say your internet loses connection or you lose your work), use Revisions. Every time you save a draft, a revision will be made.

4. Quick Edit

While Quick Edit doesn’t necessarily let you edit the copy of a post, you can make changes to certain aspects, including Title, Slug, Date, Author, Categories, and so on.

wordpress quick edit

Using Quick Edit along with customized Screen Options will allow you to make mass edits to posts quicker.

5. Using the Options Panel … Be Careful

You can access the options panel by going to http://yoursite.com/wp-admin/options.php. But do take caution! Making changes here can cause issues to your site, so you need to know what you doing.

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6. Favoring Plugins

When you are logged into your WordPress.org account, you can in the plugin section favorite a plugin. This is useful as you’re researching plugins to install, but don’t necessarily want to install them yet (to many plugins installed on your site is never a good idea – it causes site bloat and potential security vulnerabilities).

WP favorite plugin

If you see a plugin you might want to install, favorite it. That way you can do your research and install it later on if you do decide you want it installed. After you favorite a plugin, it’ll be added to your Favorites list with the Plugin admin page, as well as the Plugin Directory.

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Conclusion

It takes some time to learn WordPress, when you do, knowing about the extra features, is the first step to expanding your skills as a WordPresser.

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