Whether you’re completely new or have been blogging for a while now, you’re probably still not using everything available to you as a blogger on WordPress. It took me a few years of blogging and developing plugins before I really started getting it. I’m going to save you time and write up what I’ve learned here.
This complete series on writing and editing posts with WordPress will cover…
- Customizing Your Interface & Getting to Know Permalinks
- Mastering Text Formatting For Your Posts
- Leveraging Post Scheduling & Post States
- How to Make Private and Password Protected Posts
- How to Enable and Disable Comments & Understanding Trackbacks
- Finding and Using Theme-Specific Options
First, you’re going to learn about the hidden options you never knew existed. Later in this post, we’ll review how to create custom permalinks (and why you want to).
Customizing Your View: Show & Hide Sections
The Problem: Not Knowing Your Options
Have you ever been working your way through a WordPress tutorial and thought you were missing a field in your WordPress installation? There’s a good chance that you never knew you could show and hide different parts of the interface. Every blogger makes constant use of certain features in WordPress, but who wants to get weighed down by constantly staring at the features they hardly ever use? The question is: How can you make sure you see what you want, and hide what you don’twant?
The Solution: Finding Your Options
It’s pretty simple. If you look up in the right hand corner of your browser, you’ll see two tabs: Screen Options, and Help. If you click on the the gray box that says Screen Options, a whole new world will be opened to you. Quick Guide:Everything you see with a ticked box next to it will display. You can toggle all of the checkboxes to enable and disable each section as you see fit. The problem is, some of these options may sound strange and new. Don’t fret, because we’re going to delve into all of your options through this series.
Writing Your Title & Customizing Your Slug
The Problem: Ugly Links That No One Remembers
You may or may not know that writing a killer headline might make or break your post — but that’s for you to learn about on copywriting and marketing blogs. Once you’ve crafted the perfect post title, you’ll write it in the clearly marked box “Enter title here”. If you are using custom permalinks (you probably are), WordPress will do its best to create a nice URL for you based on your title.
What’s that? The word permalink stands for “permanent link”
For example, a post titled “The Amazing Spider-man Isn’t So Amazing” will default to a slug such as:
What’s that? A slug is the unique URL friendly set of letters that follows the base of your website’s domain.
Depending on your domain and settings, the final permalink might then be:
http://example.com/archives/the-amazing-spider-man-isnt-so-amazingShorter URLs are very popular lately for a myriad of great reasons, so you’ll want to shorten it.
What’s that? URL friendly means no uppercase letters, special characters or spaces. It is acceptable to substitute a dash instead of spaces for human readability.
The Solution: Easily Creating Short, Memorable Links
Underneath your title, you’ll see a label that says “Permalink”, with the base of your URL such as:
http://example.com/archives/ …followed by the new slug of your post. In order to customize that slug, you’ll click on it. Doing so will open an editing box, like magic! It’s here you can insert your custom slug. In this example, you might choose:
…so that your final URL is short, easy to read and remember. Such as:
http://example.com/archives/spiderman-not-amazing You can use this feature to include keywords in your URL, sum up the post in fewer words, and make the link easier to remember for your potential readers.