5 under-used WordPress features to make your life easier
If you’ve been using WordPress for a while, you probably think you have a pretty good grasp on how to use it. You can create a page, add some content to it, and hit publish. You might even know a thing or two about managing comments and SEO. What else is there, right?
In a word: lots. WordPress comes with a boatload of awesome features, and is constantly adding new ones. It’s virtually impossible to promote all the bells and whistles it contains, meaning many features end up getting overlooked. But that doesn’t mean they’re not important or that they can’t make managing a website a whole lot easier!
In today’s post, we’re sharing five under-utilized WordPress features to help you get the most out of everyone’s favourite CMS.
Adding links and embedding content can be a hassle with other platforms, but not so with WordPress. Instead of hitting the Insert/Edit link button above the editor and pasting the link into the popup, you can simply select the text and press CTRL+V. The editor will automatically convert it to a link. Similarly, if you want to embed a YouTube video or image gallery into your post, all you need to do is paste a supported URL.
Plain text pasting
Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried to copy something from an external source only to have it go all screwy when you paste it into your post editor. Fortunately, WordPress has a fix: the plain text posting option. You’ll find it under the toolbar toggle in your post editor—it’s the clipboard-shaped icon with a “T” on it. Before pasting anything into the visual editor, activate plain text pasting so you can add your content without any troublesome, format-messing code.
Drag and drop images
Are you still clicking the “Add Media” button every time you want to add an image to a post? There’s an easier way! Just drag the image—from your desktop, from a Finder window, from wherever—and drop it into your post editor. WordPress will automatically upload it to your media library, prompting you to write a caption, add the alt-text, and select the size and alignment. Easy!
The Internet is a notoriously distracting work environment, filled with an endless stream of funny videos, status updates, and cat GIFs. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to eliminate those distractions so you could buckle down and focus on the task at hand? Well, there’s an app for that—or rather, a mode. Distraction-free writing mode temporarily hides the WordPress sidebar and panels, leaving you with a blank canvas to creatively and unimpededly fill with type. Just click the button under the visual and text tabs to activate it and give your productivity a boost.
Markdown and keyboard shortcuts
Want to write and format your posts faster? Then you need to inject a little Markdown in your life. Markdown is is a lightweight markup language that lets you add formatting like headers, bold, bulleted lists, and more to plain text. It’s super simple: hashes are for titles, stars and dashes make lists, em-dashes expand to full horizontal lines. For an entire list of WordPress’s keyboard shortcuts, open the post editor’s toolbar toggle and click on the question mark to the right.
Have we missed any WordPress features or shortcuts that you regularly use? Comment below to let us know!