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Obscure WordPress Features You May Not Know

Obscure WordPress Features You May Not Know

WordPress now has become the hottest and the most widely used script for content management and website building. One of the main reasons for this kind of popularity is the rich features ensured by this tool, such as the great visual editor, built-in SEO nature, countless plugins and many more. However, there are actually a lot of obscure WordPress features that fail to get the enough attention and you may never know.

Here, to help you better utilize WordPress, we’d like to list the top 8 obscure WordPress features.

Paste the URL to Make a Link in the Visual Editor

In most cases, if you want to add the link to some words, you may choose to use the HTML code in the text editor. Or, you can use the button of Insert/Edit Link.

Actually, the visual editor of WordPress ensures you a much easier way. Here, you simply need to transfer to the visual mode in the editing screen, choose your target words, and then, click the CTRL+V on the keyboard to paste the right link. After that, the editor can convert the words into a link automatically. This simply saves much time and effort.

Paste the URL

Use the Widget Accessibility Mode

In fact, WordPress makes it easy to drag and to drop the sidebar widgets. In this case, you can decide the location and the display of all your active widgets easily from the admin panel. However, in some cases, you may cannot or feel inconvenient to use the mouse or the trackpad for achieving the drag and drop function.

In this case, you can leverage the hidden widget accessibility mode. For this, you need to open the Screen Options area to enable the accessibility mode. This way, you do not need to drag your available widgets. Instead, you can click the Add button to move a particular widget to the proper sidebar location.

Widget Accessibility Mode

Edit Images in WordPress Directly

Everyone knows that it is easy and time-saving to add and to showcase the images on your posts and pages. However, only a few of you know that WordPress also ensures some basic features for image editing.

To edit an image, you simply need to go to the Media > Library section. After targeting the image, you can click the Edit Image button directly. Now, you have the options to scale, to rotate and to crop the images based on your needs. Even, you have the freedom to flip the images in either the horizontal or the vertical redirection.

Edit Images in WordPress

Split the Long Blog Posts using the Next Page Tag

It is possible that you edit a long post that contains the length paragraphs. To achieve the easy content checking, you may want to split the content into multiple pages. In most cases, you may choose to use the related plugin to achieve the WordPress pagination.

However, WordPress itself can help you split the lengthy content automatically. For this, you only need to enter the following tag into the post content. Note that you can use this tag for multiple times so as to split the content into multiple pages.

Next Page Tag

Embed the Outside Content using the oEmbed Service

In fact, since the version of WordPress 4.4, the oEmbed feature is available already. With it, you can embed any outside contents from the platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and many more. You simply need to copy and paste the corresponding URL and WordPress will handle the rest.

Even, you can embed the post from some other WordPress sites and have the content displayed on your site.

Use the Keyboard Shortcuts and Markdown to Write Quickly

To be frank, the process of blog post editing is time-consuming. You have to write down the words one by one and format them in the most effective and proper manner. In this case, to ensure the faster and more efficient editing process, WordPress comes with a lot of keyboard shortcuts and markdown that you can use to improve your writing experience.

You just need to enter these simple shortcuts. After that, WordPress will convert them into the HTML automatically.


Regenerate the Post Permalink by Deleting the Post Name

WordPress can automatically generate the permalink for you, right after you enter the post title properly. Note that the permalink will follow the post name totally. However, if you want to modify your title, you do not need to adjust the permalink manually. Instead, you simply need to clean up the current permalink and click the OK button. After that, the new link can be generated automatically.

Regenerate the Post Permalink

Set Up the Screen Options On the Personal Basis

As the WordPress user, you may already know the existence and the function of the Screen Options. However, you may do not know that the settings for it are not only stored in your database and in cookies. In addition, they are also saved per user.

In this case, you can feel free to set up all the screen options that can only be checked and used by you.


Susan Rose is a freelance writer who has a deep knowledge about WordPress. She loves everything related to website building since the freshman year at Christopher Newport University, and loves to share her experience with people all over all the world. In the daily life, Susan loves detective novels as it can train her logical thinking and creativity.