WordPress is huge. While beginners might only take a glance at several features which will interest them the most, there are tons of other components to be explored. Some of those might be right there in a reach of your mouse pointer, and some other will be hidden behind different settings pages and shortcuts. To help you get the most out of the platform we all love so much, here are some of the greatest secret features of WordPress.
Secret WordPress features
In the following lines, we’re about to show you some of the most interesting WordPress features that you might have never heard of. Still, those can help you achieve a thing or two, you might save time on writing a new article or you may benefit from them in some other way. Without any further ado, let’s start with the list.
- Faster linking
- Embed everything in a single click
- Work faster with comments
- Use shortcuts when working in Visual and Text editors
- Split an article into multiple pages
- Create your own shortcodes
- Show all settings on one secret page
- Add custom quicktag buttons in text editor
- Edit images directly from the Media Library
- Create a custom homepage
- Use screen options
- Create a sticky post
- Use “Read more” option
- Clear formatting
You can’t write an article for your online blog without having a link or two in the text. Well, technically, you can but every text needs internal and external links. If you’re using any of the SEO plugins, you already know that it is recommended that you have at least one of each. But sometimes, linking words and phrases might be exhausting. Manually writing the HTML code is out of the question for a casual blogger. And still, marking a word, clicking on a link button, pasting the URL and updating the text is still too much for many of us.
Did you know that after WordPress updated to version 4.5 linking got even simpler? Copy your URL, open the text in the Visual Editor, mark your word and simply paste the URL over that word. Ouila! WordPress has just finished with creating a link. There’s no need in clicking the link button. You have to love this feature.
Embed everything in a single click
Just like linking a word, embedding doesn’t have to be a problem. Instead of searching for an embed code on popular services, simply paste the URL and WordPress will do its magic. If you have found a video on Youtube or Vimeo, a tweet you want to embed, or maybe an image on Instagram, it will suffice that you copy the URL and paste it in the visual editor. That’s it.
To make this feature even better, WordPress took care of its own kind. If you need to show another article within your own one, copy its URL and paste it in your post. Yes, WordPress has just added the entire post in your article.
Work faster with comments
Getting visitors to your site might be a trickier thing than you initially expected. But if you’re working hard on your site, sooner or later you will start attracting new visits. And those visits will hopefully convert into comments and you’ll start handling replies on a daily basis. Let’s not forget all those spam comments which will flood your dashboard. That’s why you need to get your commenting game on time.
Instead of wasting time on clicking each and every comment, why would you learn how to use shortcuts when working with comments?
Use shortcuts when working in Visual and Text editors
Just like with comments, you may save yourself a quite amount of time when working within one of the two WordPress’ editors. There is a significant number of shortcuts which can help you work faster. Once you get used to them, you’ll notice that working in the editor is much faster and much more fun. Don’t worry; if you are used to Windows or Mac keyboard shortcuts, you’ll already feel at home.
Split an article into multiple pages
If you’re fast on your fingers, articles will quickly accumulate a huge number of words in your WordPress editors. While long articles might seem more professional for some, you don’t want your posts to be too long. First, that might be a turnoff for many of the readers, and on the other hand, it might look messy on smaller screen resolutions. In that case, you might want to consider splitting an article into several pages.
Did you know that WordPress already has the feature installed and ready to use? Learn how to split an article into multiple pages.
Create your own shortcodes
If you’re not a developer, you might think that shortcodes are something out of your reach. But truth to be told, anyone can create their own shortcode in just a few minutes. Yes, even if you have zero coding experience, you can have a custom shortcode ready to be used in a matter of several minutes.
Learn more about creating your first shortcode and save yourself time when dealing with larger pieces of code, text, images, videos, etc.
Show all settings on one secret page
WordPress has numberless options and settings for you to set up. Those are scattered all around the admin area and you will have to know your way around the platform to get the one you really need. But did you know that you can get all WordPress option displayed on only one page? Follow the example to open the page but have in mind that many of the settings can lead to errors if you’re not familiar with them. Be careful if changing anything on the secret page.
Add custom quicktag buttons in text editor
If you have ever written a post in WordPress, you must have noticed those buttons located on top of the post. Those are called quicktag buttons and they can help you work faster. Instead of writing the code for bold or italic text, for example, it will be enough to click the button and the HTML code will automatically be inserted. But did you know that you can easily create your own quicktag buttons where you can place anything that you want?
If you follow this link, you can learn how to add any code or actually any text in the quicktag button. This will help you work faster and you want to be able to work without those custom buttons no more.
Edit images directly from the Media Library
It’s been a long time since world wide web was text-based. Today, it’s unimaginable to have a website without videos and images. Actually, media has become the most important part of our Internet lives and that’s why every webmaster or a blogger has to take care of video and images. While some will simply have to use professional tools to edit images in details, most of a casual blogger can use simple editing tools. Did you know that WordPress has its own editing tool?
Yes, you can edit your images after you upload them to the Media Library. Simply open Media -> Library, choose an image that needs editing and click on the “Edit” button. From here, you will be able to rotate, crop and resize your images and do the basic editing on the spot.
Create a custom homepage
By default, WordPress will use the blogroll and make it your homepage. That means that when someone opens the front page of your site, he or she will get the latest post that you have published. While there’s nothing wrong with that, in some cases you will want a custom homepage.
It’s not that hard to set a custom page for your homepage. Simply navigate to Settings -> Reading, find “Front Page Display” setting and choose “Static page” option. If you want to learn more about the option, see how to create a custom homepage for you WordPress blog.
Use screen options
If you open your WordPress editor of choice, there will be default meta boxes displayed under the editor. Some user will want to be able to change the author of the post, others will need custom fields, some will need to write manual excerpts and there will be different options added by the 3rd party plugins you might have installed. Those options might be difficult to find for a beginner. So before getting lost in the content, scroll all the way up and look above “Edit Post” text. On the right side, you will find “Screen Options” button which will let you control which meta boxes will be displayed on the page.
Create a sticky post
While you write new posts, the old ones will start lagging behind and sooner or later they will end up hidden on the second page. Sometimes, you will have a post or two which will be more important than the others. In the case, you can make that specific post sticky. What that means is that the post won’t be affected by the new ones that you publish. Instead, the selected post will stick on top of your blogroll for everyone to see.
While it only takes one checkbox to make a post sticky, WordPress developers have hidden the option. To make a post sticky, edit the post and find the “Publish” tab on the right of your screen. Now you have to click “Edit” link next to the “Visibility” option which will bring up the option to make the post sticky.
Use “Read more” option
While your new posts are regularly updated on your homepage and usually displayed in the descending order, you will still want to control how they look on that list. Instead of letting the theme cut off paragraphs, you can tell WordPress how to show the excerpt.
To control the part of an article on the homepage, you will need to use the “More” tag button. Simply click on the button and WordPress will insert the tag which will create a jump break.
If you’re writing articles in another application after which you copy and paste the text into WordPress Visual editor, you might end up having a text format which you don’t like. Luckily, WordPress’ developers added a simple little button which can save you.
To get this button, you will need to open Visual Editor. If you have only one row on the toolbar, click on the “Toggle toolbar” button which will add a second row of icons. Then choose eraser icon and the formatting will be cleared immediately.
Hopefully, this list of WordPress secret features will help you work even faster. There are a lot of other options waiting for you to find them. If there’s any other secret option which you like to use on a daily basis, let us know in the comments below and help others.