WordPress is arguably the best CMS out there. The customization options available in the platform allow you to create professional business sites to compelling online portfolios. Not to mention, the wealth of plugins that you can download from within the dashboard lets you supercharge your website or blog to attract more traffic and convert visitors into subscribers or customers.
You probably already know all this and more, so it’s something that we shouldn’t discuss in depth anymore.
However, what you probably don’t know are simple WordPress hacks and tweaks that can make you a more efficient blogger.
As a blogger myself, I know how valuable time is. If there’s something that I can do to speed up my writing process on WordPress or make the page load faster, I will do it.
The suggestions you will find in this post will not only help you do both but also make your WordPress blog much leaner and more organized. The tweaks and hacks also show you how powerful WordPress is in itself, without having to download more plugins.
When writing posts, I had a bad habit of using my mouse to format the text from the editor. I relied too much on my mouse to bold, italicize, or underline text, as well as change the heading levels. While it’s not a big deal, I can only imagine the time I can save if all the functions I need to do when writing my posts can be done through the keyboard.
However, by becoming familiar with hotkeys, a keyboard is all I needed to format my content and perform certain tasks from the editor page. There are also hotkeys for managing the comment section of your blog so you can easily organize comments using your keyboard.
Use full-screen editors
When writing, it is difficult to keep your focus on when you see menus and options on the side of your text editor. While this may seem innocuous to some who are already used to writing on a regular WordPress window, some may prefer a more Zen environment if they want to type their post directly onto WordPress.
With WordPress’ full-screen editor feature, you can enjoy a distraction-free screen so you can focus on writing content that matters. By clicking on the full-screen icon at the top right part of the editor, the screen will go white as you put your cursor on the text editor.
Edit text editor dashboard
By default, your text editor screen is divided into two columns. The left column is where you can input your text and type out your post. The right column shows if you’re ready to publish the post, which category to place them in, the tags you want to enter along with the post, and the featured images that will be associated with it, among many others.
If that doesn’t seem overbearing enough to you, the options will increase if you installed plugins, which could be added on the text editor screen. While you can use the distraction-free mode to zone these elements out when typing, I’m sure you want a more streamlined look for your text editor and keep things less cluttered.
You can do this by clicking on the Screen Options tab on the top right portion of the text editor page, just beside the Help tab.
Upon clicking it, a drop-down menu will appear on top of the screen. It lists down the options and features that you can show or remove from the text editor. Choose which ones you feel are the most important and will help you become more productive when writing posts.
Again, the options will depend on the plugins you have downloaded and installed.
Comments are a great indicator of a blog’s engagement with its target audience. The more comments there are, the most vibrant the community probably is about your blog posts.
However, some people do not wish to interact with its audience, at least for now. The reason is to publish content to establish authority in their respective niches simply. According to Jamie Spencer of Site Beginner, This is common among business sites that simply want to share ideas without having to manage the potential reaction to their posts.
If you are in the same boat as these business bloggers, you can turn off the blog’s comment section by clicking on Settings > Discussion on the left sidebar menu. Uncheck the “Allow people to comment on new posts.”
Once you have disabled commenting on your posts, you can still override this command on individual posts by clicking the checkbox “Allow comments” under the Discussion section of the posts where you want to engage with your readers.
Use shortcodes to showcase media files
Normally, if you want to show a video on your blog post, you upload the video to Youtube and paste the URL in your post. For images, you probably are using a plugin to showcase them in a specific format correctly.
However, WordPress now offers shortcodes for these files so you can focus on writing content and showcasing your work without having to worry about coding.
For example, if you want to feature an audio file in your post, all you need to do is type:
[a u d i o = ” f i l e n a m e . m p 4 ” ] (without spaces).
If you want to show multiple images in gallery format, you can type:
[ g a l l e r y i d s = ” 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 ” ] (again, without the spaces. Also, the number represent the image id, not the filename).
For more information on how to utilize shortcodes correctly on your blog, read this post.
Regarding hosting video content on WordPress, you have to make sure that you follow the steps indicated in this post so you can show the video on all browsers without any hitch.
Wrapping it up
WordPress is powerful enough by itself to not only allow you to create different types of websites but also is flexible enough for you to modify its default settings without typing a single line of code. The features mentioned above are underrated and rarely talked about, but it should be noted that, despite their relative anonymity, these are hacks that you should use to help you create better content in less time.