WordPress is designed to be easy to use. You don’t need much training to get up and running with a WordPress site, although there is much to be gained from developing a deeper understanding of what has become a complex piece of software.
I have used WordPress for many years, and in that time I have stumbled on several features that were so useful I thought everyone but me must know about them. But in talking to other WordPress users, I was surprised to discover that many people who use WordPress every day had no idea.
This article aims to rectify that situation. The features I am about to discuss won’t rock your world, but they will make your day-to-day interaction with WordPress more efficient.
I’m a big fan of keyboard shortcuts on my Mac, so I was happy when I discovered that WordPress includes a comprehensive set of shortcuts for controlling the interface.
My favorites are alt-shift-t to insert the more tag automatically, and alt-shift-w to quickly switch to distraction-free mode.
You can find out more about WordPress keyboard shortcuts on the WordPress Codex.
Paste To Add Links
I spend a lot of my work day in my favorite text editor, Ulysses for Mac – which, by the way, has excellent WordPress integration. One of the things I enjoy most about Ulysses is its handling of links.
To add a link to a page, you just copy the URL from a browser, select some text in Ulysses, and paste the URL over the text. Ulysses is smart enough to see that you have a URL in your clipboard, so instead of deleting the original text, it creates a link using the selected text and the copied URL.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that WordPress can do the same thing!
Paginate Your Posts
I have a love-hate relationship with pagination. I hate it when publications split short articles over multiple pages to gin up their page views. But pagination has its place. A perfect example of pagination done well is Federico Viticci’s iOS 12 review on MacStories. It’s around 40,000 words long, and I appreciate that it is split into relevant sections.
The quickest way to add pagination to long WordPress articles is by adding the following tag to the page.
The next page tag is supported by most well-designed themes.
See All WordPress Options
Most WordPress users – including me – are content to engage with WordPress options via the admin menu. But if you ever need to see every single option laid out in a list, visit the following URL.
Replace example.com with your WordPress site’s domain.
Change The Dashboard With Screen Options
This one isn’t as much of a secret as the others, but I used WordPress for months before I realized I could customize the content on the dashboard. The Screen Options dialog isn’t as discoverable as it might be.
You will find the options in a pulldown menu at the top right side of the dashboard, as described in this handy WordPress support article.
I have more WordPress secrets to share, but I promised I’d stop at five, so I hope you find these as useful as I did when I first discovered them.
About The Author:
Graeme Caldwell is a writer and content marketer at Nexcess, a global provider of hosting services, who has a knack for making tech-heavy topics interesting and engaging to all readers. His articles have been featured on top publications across the net, from TechCrunch to TemplateMonster. You can follow at @nexcess.