While doing client education, I often notice that even people who have used WordPress for awhile miss a few features that may make a big difference in their experience with the CMS so I thought I’d write a quick post showing you a couple of the most useful.
Feature 1: Posts Per Page Setting
This one is super simple but it seems that a lot of bloggers aren’t aware of it. Under Settings > Reading, there’s a setting for the number of posts that appear per page. It will impact all multi-post pages unless you are using a theme or plugin that overrides it in the code. The setting right below it applies to RSS feeds, and I usually set it for the same number of posts although it can certainly be different if you want to have more posts available via RSS at once.
Feature 2: Embedded Help Documentation
At the top right of each WordPress screen, you’ll usually find one or both of a pair of tabs that seem to often go overlooked.
On the far right, the Help tab drops down to provide screen-specific embedded tips and information, along with links to detailed documentation and support.
Screen-specific means the info applies specifically to the section within the WordPress admin you’re currently working in, which makes it super targeted and useful. As you can see in the above example, from the post editor page, the topics cover common functions and tasks you’d likely be working on on that page.
Feature 3: Screen Options
Finally, that other tab next to the Help feature lets you control which modules, settings, and features appear on each page. WordPress has a ton of features, some of which you may not be using. Clear the clutter using the checkboxes on this tab.
I’m kind of a fiend about not having extra stuff on the screen, so I tend to hide anything I don’t use in my regular workflow, knowing I can just show each feature again if I need it in the future.
Are any of these features new to you? Are there other “hidden” WordPress features you use on a regular basis?