There’s a reason WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world. According to w3techs.com, over 62.5% of all websites that use a known CMS, are powered by WordPress. For comparison, the second most used content management system is Joomla at 4.7%.
This data, when expanded to include the entire web means, 35% of the internet runs on WordPress. And 30.3% of the top 1000 websites, think CNN, TechCrunch, USA Today, New York Observer, Spotify, TED, NBC, Williams, CBS Local and many more, are powered by WordPress.
At the core of what’s fueling this incredible adoption of WordPress are the ease of installation and use, versatility which allows the CMS to be deployed as a small personal blog to high-performance fortune 500s website, and flexibility which means almost any functionality can be implemented using plugins.
But beyond the regular often used features, do you know WordPress is packed full with awesome features you probably haven’t heard about?
Turn your WordPress site into a Client Management machine
If you are a freelancer, you will love this. Remember, how stressful it is to manage multiple clients – you will have to stay on top of conversation with several clients at the same time, track project progress and timeline, and still juggle invoicing while at the same time, creating and publishing content on your website?
It becomes even more frustrating if you are handling all these tasks from different platforms.
Do you know you can do all these from one dashboard – not just any dashboard, but right from your WordPress backend? With Client Manager for WordPress plugin not only do you seamlessly manage client relationships from one place, but you also don’t have to switch tabs to create those income-generating content.
Go into Zen Mode with no Distractions
Most content creators prefer working on a minimal, clean page with no distractions. But, the default state of the WordPress dashboard or when using the visual editor, is choked full with tabs and options which can be quite distracting.
Thankfully, you can turn off these options to concentrate on the work at hand. While working with the visual editor, you can turn on the no-distraction mode. To do that, check on the upper right corner of the text editor, click the expanding screen icon to activate the no-distraction mode.
Once activated, the sidebars and panels disappear. Hit the icon again to return to the default mode.
Speed up In-line Linking
I bet you may never have heard about this. Quick question, how do you add in-line links in your content?
Before the introduction of WordPress version 4.5, if someone wants to add a link to their post, they would highlight the text, then click on the insert/edit tab above the editor, finally copy and
paste the link.
However, this all changed since the update to v.4.5.; all you have to do to add an in-line link is to copy the URL and paste on the text.
Use Image Editor Online
Most WordPress users don’t know the CMS has its image editing feature. While the tool is not as powerful as other graphics software like Photoshop, you can use it to quickly crop, flip, resize and rotate images.
However, if you are anything like many content creators, who prefer to prep and optimize images before uploading, then you may want to use a web-based tool to crop your image online.
Manage comments on your site
The close comments feature is a handy tool for particularly active sites with several comments per post.
Understandably you want your audience to engage with your content, you want them to leave comments and to interact with other users and also to leave feedback, but the reality is, managing comments can be quite time-consuming.
So, what do you? Close comments on old posts. To do that, navigate to Settings, then click on Discussions. On the interface that opens, scroll down to see the section where you can configure comments to limit comments on posts over a certain age automatically.
Split long-form content into multiple pages
So, you have created an in-depth, action-packed content. The content is epic, and you are excited your readers will gain tons of value reading it.
But, there’s a teeny bit of a problem – it is long, in fact, it is too long you are concerned, nobody is going to invest such amount of time in reading your post.
What to do? Split the content into manageable chunks.
How do you do it? Don’t worry, WordPress has a nifty feature that allows you to split long-form content into multiple pages.
Simply insert this HTML snippet “<! -next page->” without the quotation marks in the place where you want the content to break off into a new page. Repeat as many times as you want to split the post.
Configure image sizes
Usually, when you upload an image to your WordPress, you will notice you’re offered four sizing options – full size, large, medium, and thumbnail.
How does WordPress know what size to assign to each of the options?
By default, WordPress has specific image sizes for each option. But, what if that’s not what you need?
You can configure the sizes to your preference. To do that, navigate to Settings->media, and set the image sizes to your choice.