The popular content management system WordPress, is full of surprises. There are actually functions you didn't know about until now! WordPress has become the market leader in the field of website creation. Tons of plugins, a very easy handling with a quick training period as well as an extensive documentation and a huge fan community, the free CMS has become the favorite of all website operators worldwide.

But users do not always know in detail which functions actually exist. Precisely because some tools are simply used far too seldom, many users simply have no knowledge of them. But we are going to change that now by introducing you to the best "hidden" WordPress features that will make your work much easier!

Publish articles and pages - this can also be planned!

Do you regularly publish articles or pages? Maybe even several per day? Then the button "Publish immediately" is clearly visible. Probably most users do that too. But search engines like Google and also your visitors or even regular readers love regular posts - preferably always at the same time every day. How can you do that? It's easy!

  1. Click "Publish Immediately" in the Publishing Panel.
  2. Now a checklist with further information appears.
  3. You don't have to publish the post or the page immediately.
  4. Activates the exact date and time.
  5. Now you can easily plan the release with foresight.

In the Gutenberg Editor, simply click on "Document", then you will find the "Publish" option.

Classic Editor
Gutenberg Editor

Why does that make sense? Maybe you already have a certain number of posts or pages that are already finished and saved under Drafts. Sometimes you simply don't have the opportunity to manually publish each and every post. The date and time is very important, because your contributions are published automatically according to your specifications!

Activate full screen mode - take action without distractions!

Distractions reduce productivity. Whenever you regularly post or edit content - maybe even for an online store or other commercial use - you need to make sure you're distracted as little as possible. Comments, updates, and other notifications will disrupt your productivity!

  1. Activates the F11 key under Windows.
  2. Or click on the full screen icon in the WordPress Editor.

The full-screen mode eliminates distractions and makes writing texts or editing content of any kind much easier. With just a few clicks of the mouse, you'll have fewer distractions, increased productivity and, with the full screen mode, you'll have the chance to design your web pages pleasantly and efficiently under WordPress.

Automatic linking and embedding of social media and videos!

Pictures, media and social networks, add considerable value to your posts and pages. By the way, even Google, the primus, loves such pimped out content. Usually you do this in a complicated way, don't you? Visit YouTube, find the right video with a relevant topic and manually insert the script using the code provided by YouTube. There is an easier way!

  1. WordPress easily recognizes links from external sources.
  2. Simply copy the link of a source (Twitter, YouTube, Facebook etc.) directly into the place on your page where the content should appear later.
  3. Please pay attention only to reliable and "clean" links.
  4. WordPress "embeds" the links automatically and ensures a clean implementation.
  5. Hyperlinks are NOT more necessary.
  6. Did you know that?

Adjust the screen editor manually - for perfect control!

It is always important for you to make working with WordPress as pleasant as possible! Here you have the possibility to manually adjust the look in the frontend as you like it. Also the admin area is quite adaptable, not all users know that.

  1. Goes to the upper right corner of any location in the backend.
  2. Opens Customize View
  3. Easily customize the screen options to suit your needs.
  4. This gives you full control over which criteria your "screen" should be displayed in the backend with all options.

This is also a great way for you to reduce distractions and make WordPress a creative and individual interface.

Insert page break - increase readability of your visitors - without plugins!

If you like to write long articles and your visitors have to scroll down forever without a table of contents, manual pagination in WordPress is a real alternative to plugins for tables of contents! How to proceed?

  1. Uses the WordPress page break function.
  2. Usually the button for this is located next to the "Read more" tag.
  3. If not, then add the following script to your "functions.php":
add_filter( 'mce_buttons', 'kb_add_next_page_button', 1, 2 );
function kb_add_next_page_button( $buttons, $id ) {
  if ( 'content' === $id ) {
    array_splice( $buttons, 13, 0, 'wp_page' );
  }
  return $buttons;
}

Now the button for the page break should appear in the toolbar. Why a page break? Because your long posts will be split into several pages. You can also decide manually where in the text a page break should be created! By the way, at each point of the page break your visitors will get a navigation that encourages them to read on rather than scrolling down in a dull manner.

Recover lost posts or pages - safe is safe!

Sometimes it is simply necessary that you need an older version of a post or an existing page. Here WordPress has a function in its portfolio: automatic saving of all versions of your articles and pages. Now you can easily restore these versions! The following steps are necessary:

  1. Visit the field where you publish articles or pages (top right).
  2. Now you see a list of all "revisions" that WordPress has saved automatically.
  3. Simply click on the revision and this older version will be uploaded and made available for editing again.

Through the implemented autosave function in WordPress, you have access to all saved versions of your pages and posts at any time. This possibility is perfect to do A-B tests and to test the visitor streams on the different versions. You can also quickly see which versions of your content achieve the best rankings on Google and Co!

Use favicons to make your websites findable in the jungle of tabs!

What is a favicon? This small icon is displayed in the browser to the left of your URL and increases visibility. Usually these small images exist in 16×16, 32×32 or 64×64 format. How can you integrate a favicon into your website and where can you find free favicons?

Besides an enormous number of free favicons or "icons", there are also premium symbols. These are usually a bit more eye-catching and usually cost only 1 US Dollar or the like! This is how you proceed:

  1. Dashboard - Design - Customizer
  2. Website Information
  3. Website Icon

For some themes the settings may differ. Check the documentation for information on how to add a favicon to your website. Important is the fact that the size of the favicon or icon in WordPress is usually a fixed size of 512×512 pixels. Therefore, search the above web pages (or others) for 512×512 pixel icons. Preferably free of charge, of course. But don't worry, you will find millions of free copies and enrich your website with this useful gimmick. Did you know that?

Conclusion about the WordPress functions

This small series of tips and tricks, brings you closer to the enormous range of functions of WordPress. Did you know all "secret" tricks? Use these possibilities and design your websites with a favicon and make the work with your projects easier. Have fun trying out the listed "hidden" functions in WordPress!

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