When blogging within WordPress, you should be aware that the developers have created several little tools that can help make your blogging life much easier. Gone are the days of composing posts in a word processor and then pasting them into the post publisher. Gone are the days of having to fiddle with code (unless you want to, of course). The developers of WordPress have made a blogging platform that is easy and intuitive, which means you have more time to focus on what you write about. The following tips are meant for very basic and new WordPress users; if you’re more advanced, feel free to share your knowledge with others in the comments section!
You Can Restore Post Revisions
Say you’re writing a great blog posts and suddenly your browser crashes hard. What will you do? I used to panic until I saw that WordPress now saves a version of your post every time you click the Save Draft of Update Post button. This is a great tool to get around crashing browsers. Also, it’s helpful if you need to revert to an earlier version of the post once you’ve published it.
Show/Hide the ‘Kitchen Sink’
For the longest time, I didn’t realize that I could access more editing tools in the Post Editor, so some of my earliest posts lacked any specific formatting changes, such as italics or block quotes, so I was using other word processors to compose the more intricately formatted posts. Then, I happened to click on this button that allowed me to expand my list of tools, and suddenly I find myself even better equipped.
Change In-Dash Layout
There are options at the top of your Dashboard to change what tools you see within various pages of your WordPress Dashboard. Simply look right up at the tool bar at the top of your screen and click on the Screen Options tab. In the menu you can decide what sorts of tools you want to see when you visit various pages inside the dashboard. This can be extremely helpful in adjusting your workflow and keeping everything uncluttered.
Create Your Own Branded 404 Page
Something that many new bloggers might not think of is how a great 404 Page can really improve their brand. If you’re an avid reader of WordPress Beginner, then you’ve already read this great post about how to do this. The important thing to keep in mind is that a 404 Page should help a reader of your blog solve the problem easily.
Schedule Posts to Publish Later on
Finally, if you’re absolutely new to WordPress, you’ll want to keep in mind that you don’t have to publish a post manually; you can schedule the post to go live at a specific time and date. This is incredibly helpful, especially if you’re going to be away from the computer in the future. All you have to do is go to the Publish button and click ‘edit’ next to Publish Immediately. Then you can change the date and time that you’d like the post to go up.
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