The WordPress editor is a contentious issue among the blogging population. So many people love it and its simplified design, and so many others absolutely hate it. Regardless of your position on the WordPress editor, here are 5 hidden wordpress features within the WordPress editor to let you be more productive.
Top 5 Hidden WordPress Features
Embed media by pasting the URL
Embedding media into WordPress cannot be any simpler. Simply paste the URL of the video directly into the WordPress visual editor. WordPress will automatically convert the URL into its YouTube embed.
We have tested this and found that it works with YouTube videos and images. We tried SoundCloud links and Vimeo videos, but they are not supported. Still, it is a great feature for media-rich sites.
Special shortcuts to format your posts
You can format your posts by selecting the text and choosing the dropdown in the WordPress visual editor, but this process can be a little lengthy especially if you are in your writing “groove”.
To use the shortcuts, simply surround the text you are attempting to edit with the shortcut code.
# for h1 #
## for h2 ##
### for h3 ###
– to start a bullet-point list (no need for the second dash)
1) to start an ordered list
to encapsulate text as code
Split posts across multiple pages
Sometimes there is just too much great content to write on one page. For instance, if you’re writing an extremely in-depth article or building an authority site, it might be best for readers to split the content into multiple pages. Or, if you want to make a listicle, you can do that with a few simple lines of code.
In the WordPress editor, go to the text-based editor (not visual), and insert this text:
Now, if you go to preview the post, WordPress will now show you a link to go to the next page.
Schedule a post
This is one of the simplest yet most powerful options that the WordPress posts page offers. This tool lets you publish a post at any date in the future, and you can even backdate posts with this tool.
In the Publishing tab, simply click “Edit” next to where it says “Publish immediately”. From this screen, you can edit the date and make it publish whenever you want. After updating the date, just click the “OK” button, and the text will change to say, “Schedule for” followed by your date. The “Publish” button will change to say “Schedule”, and from there your post is now scheduled.
Edit images within WordPress
WordPress provides an easy-to-use and very powerful photo editor right out of the box. It is perfect for many rotating, cropping, and scaling needs. Rather than opening up Photoshop or uploading the image to an image editing site, you can quickly use WordPress to do the trick. The best part is that, unlike using an image editing site, you do not need to upload or download the image again. It will already be stored in the WordPress library.
Simply upload your image into the WordPress media library, then go to browse the library. Click the image you would like to edit, and then press the “Edit Image” button at
Justin Smith is a veteran webmaster and web hosting professional. With over 5 years of industry experience, he has seen all kinds of website set ups and is an expert in optimization. He regularly writes for the YourLastHost Blog, covering content for beginners all the way to advanced techniques.
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