10 Quick Tips, Tricks, and hacks about WordPress33

Author: InfoBeep - June 10, 2018 | subject to copyright

What if you are asked to reach any destination and given to choose a short way and long way? Which one will you choose? Surely, you will choose the shorter one rather than the longer one, isn’t it? So, the same thing happens when you start using WordPress as your blogging platform.

There are many shortcuts; I mean probably many Tips and Tricks for WordPress for making your work easier.

If you use these shortcuts, you can write a proper post as well as a format even without many sub-headings and any other options for formatting even without touching your mouse.

Since you can just use your keyboard and you can do it simply.

Tips, Tricks, and Hacks which may be very helpful for the WordPress which can save a lot of time:

Remove “Uncategorized” category

While installing a WordPress blog, you will see one category blog by default in your blog, the “Uncategorized” category.

For all your posts, this is the default category. This category won’t change unless you change the category of your post, the post will be in the uncategorized section.

Hence, In order to prevent this from happening, just do two things:

Change the default category to something else

Go to Settings>Writing from the menu of left-hand. Then, Default category should be changed to some other category like “Articles” or “General”. The benefit of this setting is if you ever forget to choose the category for the posts, it will not choose the “Uncategorized” section automatically.

Change the name of an “Uncategorized” category

If you have installed a WordPress newly, this will be a better option for you.

Go to Posts>Categories from the menu and select on the “Uncategorized” one. After that, click on the Edit button which is just below it. By doing this, you can simply change the name to something much better.

It will change the default category and totally delete it from your blog.

Distraction-free Writing

You just need to put your 100% effort whenever you are writing a blog. But it’s not always the same, right? Sometimes you get distracted from your task and get busy in checking some other posts.

Don’t forget, these distractions may cause the decrease your speed of working. It will surely hamper your productivity.

But don’t worry! There’s a very simple and helpful solution for making you avoid all the distractions and help you in improving your productivity. It’s just right in your WordPress dashboard.

Whenever you start writing a post in the editor, you can see a tiny button on the top of the right side of your Visual Editor, just below of the “text” tab. In order to make your Visual Editor full-screen, click on the “text” button.

Don’t worry about formatting option. All of them will be presented. Simply click Escape or click on the button again to go back to the previous screen.

Quick Edit Your Posts

You have completely published an article on an evergreen topic. But after posting you need to make small changes like publishing the date, changing the title, you will surely go the post in your dashboard, correct it and publish again.

If you need to make an update in the content of an article, this is going to be the best way for doing that.

You just need to make an update in the title and change the date or you can remove tags or categories. Well, this is the more time-consuming way.

Instant of that, you can simply use the “Quick Edit’ features for saving your time.

It’s not too hard to use this option. Simply go to your post section and choose the post which you are willing to edit. You will notice a “Quick Edit” button under the title.

Just click on the button and you will get the options for changing the following things on your post:

  • Published Data and Time
  • Permalink
  • Post Title
  • Change Tags and Categories
  • Allow and Disable pings and Comments
  • Make it Sticky post
  • Change the status of the post
  • Password protect the Article or make it private

Make a standard post into a “Sticky” post

Sometimes when your tutorial or a resource post is loved by the people, you want it to stay on your homepage so that the new visitors will also get a chance of reading it.

For doing that you don’t need to keep making a change on the article’s data or stop new post publishing for making it in the top.

You can simply do that by making a simple setting in your post area.

You will find a “Sticky” setting in your Post Editor in the Publishing Module. Simply click on the “Edit” option which is given there.

After that, click on the option “Stick to the front page” and click ok. Then click on the “Publish” button.

This will make your selected article on the homepage as long as you want you to be there.

Use WordPress Shortcuts

Well, at the top of the post, I have said that you can write an article and format it just by using your keyboard. Now I will show how you can do that.

There are many shortcuts which can help you in saving your precious time. Why use the mouse for doing a simple thing like making Bold, Italic?

Why use the mouse for choosing the sub-headings when you can simply do it by just using the keyboard, isn’t it?

Well, let’s have a look on some of the shortcut keys which you can use in Post Editing.

  • Ctrl + B = Bold
  • Ctrl + I = Italic
  • Ctrl + U = Underline
  • Ctrl + 1 = H1 title tag
  • Ctrl + 2 = H2 title tag
  • Ctrl + 3 = H3 title tag
  • Ctrl + 4 = H4 title tag
  • Ctrl + 5 = H5 title tag
  • Ctrl + 6 = H6 title tag
  • Ctrl + k = Insert/Edit link
  • Alt + Shift + l = Align Left
  • Alt + Shift + c = Align Center
  • Alt + Shift + r = Align Right
  • Alt + Shift + t = Read More tag
  • Alt + Shift + m = Insert image

For knowing about more shortcut keys, check the WordPress Shortcuts page.

Use Shortcodes or Auto-Embeds to Insert Media

Maybe, sometimes you may want to add an audio or video file in your blog post. For doing that you can easily add media files by using the shortcodes in your post.

You can add audio, video and image in your post by using different shortcodes in your post editor.

Here are some of the shortcodes:

  • (audio) – for showing an audio player on your post
  • (video) – for showing a video player on your post
  • (gallery) – for showing an image gallery on your post

You can directly use these shortcuts in your Visual Editor in Video or a Text Mode.

When you are willing to display a video in your post editor, you can simply paste the URL of the video which you want where ever you want it to appear.

Create a simple editing workspace

Most of the times your Post Editor is much cluttered, and also it will add many different options to your editing dashboard when you start using the premium WordPress theme.

This can make a lot of confusion because it may be very difficult for you to search in the editor dashboard for a certain option.

Using a “Screen Options” features is only an option for removing all the useless junks and for keeping only the important things.

You will see a “Screen Options” button on the right side of the top of your dashboard in the post editor area.

Check the options which you only need in all of your posts and uncheck all of the other for creating a better workspace.

The most important options which you can choose are followed:

  • Tags
  • Discussion
  • SEO
  • Featured Image
  • Sharing
  • Format

Either these options may change which is dependent on the theme which you are using and the plugins which you have installed on your blog.

Manage Roles of your team and use the feature of “Pending Review”

If you run your blog with the multiple authors, you can save your time by providing various roles to most of all members of your team.

Here’s the complete list of all the roles:

  • The editor has the ability of publishing and managing the posts and also the posts of other users.
  • The administrator has an approach to all of the features of administration of the site.
  • Author has the ability to manage and publish their own posts.
  • Contributors can write as well as manage their own posts but they don’t get the permission for publishing them.
  • The subscriber can only manage their own profile, nothing more than that.

Furthermore,  to get a better flow of the work, users should use the “Pending Review” option.

In the Publish Module, you can find this option and brief all of your writes for drafting their posts under this section in place of directly publishing them.

Since you should choose some editors and contributors when you are running a blog with multiple authors. This will save a lot of your time.

The contributors will write the post, the editor will make a review and pass it to you for final approval or directly publishing them.

Use the images which are 100% optimized

WordPress will compare the image which you have added to your post with the image to 90% of its original quality automatically.

Probably this is not a big issue, if you want 100% quality of your image, use the following codes:

Add the following code in your functions.php file:

Add filter (‘jpg quality’, ‘high_jpg_quality’);
function high_jpg_quality() {return 100;}

 

Use shortcodes in Text Widget

 Most of all, shortcodes are supported by all the WordPress themes. It also allows you to use the shortcodes easily on your blog.

Probably, by using shortcodes, you can add buttons and other formatting options in your post area. But you cannot use them in your footer or sidebar of “Text Widget”.

Rather, you can use the below-given codes to you “functionsd.php” file for enabling the use of shortcodes in Text Widget:

add_filter( ‘widget_text’, ‘do_shortcode’ );

 

Wrapping Up:

Probably, there are many other hacks but these given 10 WordPress tips and tricks are very helpful.

Furthermore, I have added these hacks in the post for helping you to save your time in doing various tasks like writing or editing the posts.

Therefore, if you haven’t used any of these hacks, I suggest you to start using them. They can save a lot of your time.