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WordPress does a lot of things! It helps you build features, write and edit content, manage all that information, and even interact with visitors through comments. When you’re starting to learn WordPress, there’s so much to take in! Oftentimes, some of the nicest small features—the ones that either improve the interface or save you time—get lost in the shuffle. So here are my favorites, each provided with a real visual walk-through of the tip.
In a first for my blog, I’ve created GIFs to show you how each feature actually works! Click any image and you’ll get a quick walk-through of the tip.
Let’s start with a bang. This is one of my favorite features of WordPress and it’s gotten better over time. Whenever you want to feature content from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, and a whole host of other sites, just paste the URL in your post!
SHIFT + ENTER
Sometimes, you really need a single line break in the editor.
Paste a URL to get a Link
Added in a recent version of WordPress, this tip will save you some time when you want to add a link.
Click Admin Bar to Scroll to Top
Any time you’re logged in to WordPress, there’s a quick way to get back to the top of the page. This works in the admin or the front-end!
Want to write now and publish later? There’s an easy way to do that!
Most pages in the WordPress admin have information you don’t need. Plugins can add stuff too, making this problem even worse! Customize your admin with the underappreciated “Screen Options” settings. I most commonly use these options on “All Posts,” “All Pages,” “Dashboard,” and “Appearance > Menus.”
Need to categorize 10 posts, tag 17 more, and turn off comments everywhere? Bulk Edit to the rescue! This pairs nicely with the “Number of items per page:” setting in Screen Options (see above).
NEW! WordPress 4.3 Formatting “Autocompletions”
Mentioned in another recent post, I love this new formatting feature in the WordPress editor:
Colophon: The Tech in This Post
But can you imagine focusing on one of these GIFs while all the others are playing? I can’t either. To handle that issue, I tried using the WP GIF Player plugin, and it’s great! It takes care of the click-to-play function and also speeds up the first page load since it doesn’t load all the GIFs at once, instead grabbing an autogenerated stillframe.