WordPress tools and tricks to help you save time
Content creation, social media management, comment moderation — managing a website can take up a lot of time. If, like most people, you don’t have all day to tinker around in Dashboard, you should get acquainted with some of the time-saving WordPress tools and tricks at your disposal.
By optimizing your workflow and setting up your site to do some of the heavy lifting for you, you’ll be able to save time, get more done, and maybe even relax a little.
Set it and forget it
Technology is all about making things more efficient, productive and fast. Many have called this a hollow promise (the two-day work week hasn’t yet become the norm), but technology can still be a huge time-saver, especially when it comes to performing simple, mundane tasks.
Tasks like sharing new content with social networks, performing on-page SEO, and warding off comment spam can all be automated, freeing up your brain for more creative, critical endeavours. WordPress’ Plugin Directory has a great collection of tools for automating your site.
Polish your shortcut skills
While it may not seem like manually inserting links and italicizing text take up much time, when you start counting the hours, days and weeks you spend editing posts, those mouse-clicks add up fast.
With the mouse destined for extinction and a growing number of users cutting the cord, you’re better off memorizing a few WordPress shortcuts and keeping your hands on the keyboard. Shortcodes, which we posted about recently, are another great way of cutting down on manual formatting time.
Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool that allows you to write in easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then translate it to HTML. Formatting a header is as simple as hitting the hashtag key; a secondary header is as simple as hitting the key twice.
Markdown is especially useful for developing consistency across your site. You can have multiple authors creating lists via a mixed bag of asterisks, pluses and hyphens, and Markdown will display it all in a cool, cohesive front.
Be ahead of the curve
Post-to-post blogging is no way to live. You should be able to take off on an impromptu, tech-free trip without worrying about your next post. This is where WordPress’ scheduling power comes in handy.
Instead of manually deploying each post, queue it up ahead of time by setting the time and date you’d like to publish. Plugins like Automatic Post Scheduler take this a step further, automatically scheduling drafts based on your preferred posting time and frequency. Fortune favours the organized.