WordPress Tips and Tricks

Whether you are new to working with WordPress or have been tinkering with it for some time, there are always ways to improve your workflow. That’s why I have collected some WordPress features you probably didn’t know about.

Previewing Post and Pages without publishing

Whenever you work on a new page/post or when you edit an existing one, you have to click the blue Publish button in the Publish Panel to save your work. Doing this will make your page visible to the public.

If you want to work on your page/post without making it visible to the public there is an option to preview what you have done so far. In the same Publish panel there is a Preview Button. Clicking on this button will open a new tab and will display your page/post in preview mode. Once you are satisfied with the changes you made you can save your work and make it visible to your website visitors by clicking the blue Publish button.

More on saving and publishing content in our WordPress manual

Distraction free writing

WordPress allows for full screen composing. It provides for complete distraction free editing of your Page or Post. To enter full screen mode simply click on the Distraction Free Writing button (). With the Distraction Free Writing button turned on, the left-hand menu and the right-hand side panels fade out of view, leaving the screen with just the minimal required to compose your content.

In Distraction Free Writing mode, only the Title field and Visual Editor is displayed until you move your cursor outside of the editor. Once you move your cursor outside of the editor, the menu and side panels fade back into view.

To exit from Distraction Free Writing mode, click on the Distraction Free Writing ( )button again.

Line breaks

Whenever you are writing copy in the WordPress editor hitting the Enter key will create a new paragraph. This means that WordPress automatically inserts extra space between two paragraphs.

What if you want the text to start on a new line directly below your previous text? Simply, hold the Shift key and than press the Enter key. So Shift+Enter creates what’s called a line break.

Screen options

On many pages in the admin area you can choose what to show. Often you find a small tab button at the right top of a page that says Screen Options. When you click on it a panel will slide down where you can select which features you want to display on your edit page.

Insert a Youtube video in your post/page

To display a video from YouTube in your post/page you first have to go to the YouTube website, find the video you want to display and copy the video’s URL. The URL is the link that displays in your browser’s address bar.

Now back on your WordPress website in your editor paste the link on a new line and the YouTube video will appear on your page/post.

It is important to paste the video link on a new line and not as part of a paragraph because otherwise WordPress will only display the link and not embed the video.

Insert a tweet in your post/page

To display a tweet from Twitter in your post/page you first have to go to Twitter. Than get the URL of the tweet. The easiest way to get that is to look at the tweet on its own and not on the Twitter homepage or in someone’s twitter stream. Click on the timestamp just to the right of the tweet. It usually has the age of the tweet like “30m” or “4h” or else a date like “2 Jul”. Once on that page showing just that one tweet (and maybe some replies), copy the URL from your browser’s address bar to the clipboard.

Now back on your WordPress website in your editor paste the link on a new line and the tweet will appear on your page/post.

It is important to paste the tweet link on a new line and not as part of a paragraph because otherwise WordPress will only display the link and not embed the tweet.