Wordpress features you might not know about

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Wordpress has some pretty decent features that can really change your editing experience. We're going to take a look at a few of our favourites. These features can all be enabled from within the admin dashboard regardless of the plugins you use or the type of editor you have.

1- Dashboard

A page we are familiar with as it is usually the first page you land on after logging into the Wordpress Admin panel. But what most people don't know is that you can customise this view with all sorts of widgets to suit your needs. Through moving and adding new widgets you can gain a better insight on things like the general performance of your site as well as find out which pages are popular with your users at a glance!

2- Quick Edit

Another one for the power users, the Quick Edit tool allows for the editing of a post without clicking into it and leaving the original listing page. This is great for small changes like updating the URL, page title, publication time, author, categories and publication status.

3- Bulk Actions

Along the same lines as Quick Edit, but can be used to change the settings of more than one page or post at a time. A good use of this function would be to bulk publish or unpublished a group of posts without the need to manually action each one individually.

4- Screen Options

Most page types have a screen options setting, usually found in the top right of the display. Clicking into this drop down will reveal a number of options thats will differ depending on the type of page you are currently on. For example on a post type page, options will include the number of posts to show on one page, the view mode (compact or expanded) and what specific columns to show (author, categories, tags, comments and date).

5- Site Health

One of our personal favourite pages people tend to overlook is the Site Health page found under the Tools menu on the left hand admin menu panel. This page gives all sorts of useful information not just about the current condition of your site but also key stats about the web server itself like version and status. It also provides a health checklist for Critical issues that should be addressed urgently, and recommended improvements which are considered generally beneficial to your site but not as important as critical issues. These generally aid things like site performance and user experience.


That's it for this week, we hope you found these features useful. Please let us know if we have missed any you think are worth sharing or tell us if you disagree with our rundown.

Bye for now :)