Self-hosted WordPress is the most powerful and widely used blogging platform and CMS (Content Management System) on the market today. The vast majority of web content producers are relying on WordPress to get their content out because it’s reliable and relatively secure. With the added use of great themes and plugins you can turn WordPress into an amazing beast – that works just for you.

Here are ten things that you might not know you can do with WordPress.

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Shortcodes

A shortcode is a function that is specific to WordPress that takes a common “code string” and makes it manageable. My theme that I use is made up of thousands of shortcodes. Most of them allow you to add objects in your posts or do small tasks. You can tell a shortcode because it’s wrapped in brackets [ ]. There are the basic ones, like:

  1. Embed video
  2. Embed audio
  3. Add galleries
  4. Add 3rd party functions like Google Maps or Gravatar

You can find the basic shortcodes here. But, you can also install great plugins that take your shortcodes to the next level, adding buttons, or spoiler boxes. You name it, there’s a shortcode for it.

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The Best Shortcode Plugins:

  1. Shortcodes Unlimited
  2. WordPress Shortcodes
  3. Easy Bootstrap Shortcode
  4. WP Canvas – Shortcodes

 

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Text Patterns

Text shortcuts were introduced in WordPress 4.3, but not many people utilize them. These were introduced to help speed up your writing.

  • Type a * or (unordered), 1. or 1) (ordered) it will start a list.
  • Two to Six # signs makes a heading.
  • Great-than > convert a paragraph to a blockquote.
  • Add 3 or more — will give you a Horizontal Rule

 

 

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Paste a Link

You can paste and create a link right in WordPress. It’s a simple step that is often overlooked.

  1. Type your text
  2. Copy your link URL
  3. Select your text
  4. Click CTRL-V

 

 

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Multi-Page Posts

You see them everywhere, these huge content posts – that make you click Next Page. How do they do that? Do they create a page for each section? Now they use a simple tag:

<!–nextpage–>

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Quick Link Embed

You can embed Youtube Vids, Tweets, Vimeo, and Soundcloud in your content just by paste a link right in the editor. It will convert to an embedded file.

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Becomes:

 

 

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Screen Options

 

The WordPress editor can be daunting sometimes, fix it by making it your own. Don’t forget about Screen Options. Scroll all the way to the top and check out what is displaying. Look at mine – this is WAAAY too much:

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I should probably uncheck a few of these boxes to make my editor more manageable. You can too.

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More Options on the Editor

When I first started using WordPress one of the things I was frustrated with was how little items I had in my WYSIWYG editor. Or what WP calls the TinyMCE.

And then I was like what is this button?

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The rest is history. If you’ve installed plugins that expand your TinyMCE you might not be seeing all of them. Make sure you click this button.

 

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Keyboard Shortcuts

 

The editor employs Keyboard shortcuts like crazy. CTRL + will get you moving quicker and faster. Want to know your keyboard shortcuts? Click the ? on your editor. Included with this are also the text codes that I mentioned above.

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Recover Lost Posts or Pages

Made a huge mistake, or lost internet connectivity while editing a post? Maybe you just like how your page was a few months ago – and don’t like the changes you made. Utilize the revisions!

Go to your PUBLISH box. And browse your revisions:

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Change Default Image Sizes

Go to Settings > Media and you can change your default sizes, the set Thumbnail, Medium and Large Images that pop up in your editor settings. This way you can set exactly what size they should be. I love this feature and it’s not utilized enough.

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Do you have any obscure, or underused WordPress tips?

3 Comments

  1. Karen Blue

    Great info here! I thought I knew a lot but I learned a few things here. Now I can’t wait to go check out other things WP can do. Thanks for sharing!

    • Parajunkee

      I’m glad you got some tips!

  2. Lizzy

    Wow, this is the most helpful-blogging-thing I’ve read in awhile! Thanks very much. 🙂