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Discovering new features in a tool that we use frequently is something we have all experienced at one time or another. It’s an exciting time when you find out that you can take action with a single click.

I started using Windows from version 1.0 when it had absolutely nothing in common with what we know today, but at the time it was a real novelty. I remember discovering a few years ago that I could use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination to open the Task Manager directly instead of using Ctrl + Alt + Del to scroll the screen. This went unnoticed for years. I don’t know what the reason was, but there it was!”.

10 WordPress features that are often overlooked

 

So that’s the topic of this article: find some WordPress features that you probably don’t know, because they were too well hidden to be discovered!

So, on the way!

1) Log out everywhere else

When you work from a computer located in a library, an Internet cafe, or at a friend’s house, how many times have you left the computer without closing your working session? You then spend the rest of the day wondering, have I closed the session? This nagging question will nag you, and each time you think to yourself “I’m absolutely sure I logged out”. But did you really do it?

You can:

  • Go back and check (pff!)
  • Go home and become paranoid
  • Log out of the administration console that you have just left from your smartphone?

You are serious?

And if before leaving your office you could solve the problem once and for all. Log in to your WordPress administration console, click on your image at the top right of the administration bar and select “Edit my profile” .

WordPress Features - Account Management

 

Scroll down until you see the Account Management section . From here you can log out of all active WordPress sessions. It is not more difficult than that!

2) Promote an article

Do you have a post that’s so important that you want it to always appear at the top of your blog? Create a fixed article and… paste it… on the first page of your blog.

10 WordPress features - Public visibility

 

In the visual article editor, go to the Publish section in the right sidebar and click on the “ Visibility: Public ” row. Click on Modify, and in the extended options check the box ”  Promote this article on the home page “. It’s as simple as that!

3) Easily edit the favicon

The favicon is the small image that appears on your browser window tab for the open web page, like the Bloginfos logo: favicon Bloginfos

 

You can, very easily, modify this image to put the favicon of your site. Go to the left menu of your WordPress dashboard, in  Appearance> Customize> Site identity> Site icon , and insert your WordPress site icon.

10 WordPress features - Favicon

4) Self-Embedded Content

WordPress 4.4 introduced the auto-embed feature, so if you haven’t discovered it yet, don’t feel guilty. You have, thanks to this function, the possibility to paste a link in the visual editor, and you will see WordPress generate an “embedded article”.

 

For a blog post, it becomes a clickable box, in the body of your content, and includes the site name, featured image (if set), and a snippet of the page’s content. Videos, images and other content fit in the same way.

This function is only active if the site you are linking to is a supported site, however the list of sites supported by this function is really long. You can find the full list of supported sites in the WordPress Codex.

5) Shortcut for hyperlinks

Here is my favorite feature among the little-known WordPress functions. You’ve probably already discovered the Ctrl / Cmd + K shortcut if you embed a lot of links. For those not familiar with this shortcut, it opens the hyperlink box in the post editor without having to click on the corresponding button.
insert link

But, did you know that you don’t even have to open that box if you don’t want to? Just select the text to which you want to add a link and paste the link directly (Ctrl + V). This will only save you a few seconds, but put together it represents many minutes over a year.

6) Reset the URL of a workstation project

When you enter your post title, WordPress generates the post URL based on your title. Fortunately, you can edit this permalink, which appears immediately below the title.

Permalink

Did you know that this permalink can be modified automatically?

Permalink

If you change your title before your post is published, you should edit the permalink to make the necessary changes. Doing this manually can be a hassle, but you can tell WordPress to reset the URL automatically.

Permalink

You just have to click on the Edit button, behind the URL, to erase the text contained in the zone, then to close the zone. The permalink of your article will correspond to the new title.

7) Formatting shortcuts

If you are the type to minimize revisions after completing your post, taking advantage of this WordPress feature will be more than helpful to you. There are several formatting shortcuts recognized by WordPress, and when such shortcuts are present, it forces WordPress to automatically format the text using the corresponding HTML code.

For example an asterisk * will create an unordered list while 1. or 1) will create an ordered list. The # sign identifies the following text as a header. The number of # corresponds to the header level, i.e. the text preceded by `###` will be transformed into <H3> and the `>` character will transform the following text into a quotation block.

visual editor menu

You can view a list of existing shortcuts by clicking on the question mark located on the menu bar of the visual editor.

keyboard shortcuts

This list is relatively short at the moment, but in future versions of WordPress other shortcuts will be added.

8) Screen options

Want more options for the article editor? It is not necessary to add a plugin to have a whole series of layout options for the editor and the toolbar options.Keep in mind that the functions we are going to see concern the account of the user who activates the functions and that this will not affect other accounts.

Closed screen options

First, to show more options, click on Screen Options in the upper right corner of the admin bar. This will open a slideout menu that offers you to enable options for comments, custom fields, author, featured image, and more.

Open screen options

Then, on the text editor toolbar, by clicking on the “ kitchen sink ” button  (which can be translated as kitchen sink),

kitchen sink closed

the second row of options will open.

open kitchen sink

9) Format of the articles

One of the biggest parts of the post editor (in terms of space) is often the most overlooked. On the right side of the article editor, you will find the Format area. This box presents you with a series of formatting options for your articles. But what do these options do?

article format

It may not be obvious at first, but these options allow you to assign a specific format to your article, and when it is published it will reflect that choice … provided that … your theme supports formatting articles.

If you have a post where a video or a set of images is the center of the post, you can select the video or image format area (as appropriate) to have WordPress structure your post around these central elements. It is better in this case to use a theme that supports this WordPress functionality. The same concept applies to the rest of the list. It’s a really useful feature.

The list of themes that support formatting functions can be found on the WordPress.com site. If you are using a specific theme that is not in this list, and you have a question, see the theme’s product page for more information, where you can query theme support.

10) article planning and confidentiality

The Publish box catches your eye at least once per article, that is, every time you save your draft, and when you publish your article. But often its features, apart from the big blue Publish button, are overlooked. You can, among other things, use the features of this area to set privacy controls on your articles and schedule the automatic publication of your article at a later date.

To set privacy controls, click Edit on the Visibility row. You can choose between Public, Password Protected, and Private.

10 WordPress Features - Publish

 

  • Public, allows everyone to view the article
  • Password protected, it couldn’t be clearer
  • Private, only visible to you

Note that any article can still be viewed by anyone with a publisher or administrator role.

To automatically schedule your article at a later date, click Edit next to Publish Now. You will see a series of fields for the scheduling options displayed.

automatic item planning

Once the date is entered, the Publish button will be renamed to  Schedule.

Conclusion

This article has only touched on some of the WordPress features that you may have missed if you are new to the WordPress world. It even happens that old men still discover hidden functions as time passes.

By Adam

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