With my business partner Taughnee gone to France to care for her ailing boyfriend, it has fallen upon me to ‘engage our readers’. Taughnee usually does the heavy lifting in that department – she has a gift for communicating, and perhaps more importantly, profound ideas to communicate.
Me, not so much. I mean, I’m the tech guy. The one who sits at a computer monitor array and stares at thousands of lines of code all day. I don’t think at a deep, esoteric level. I think in code snippets.
So, I think that for today, I’m going to give you some snippets. Naturally, they will be related to WordPress, since that’s what I know. Specifically, four little things you may not know about your WordPress-driven website that can make it a little more enjoyable to work with.
1. Full screen editor – Did you know that you can rid yourself of all the clutter and confusion when you’re writing, and just concentrate on writing? Click the Full Screen button on the editor toolbar:
and watch all the distractions disappear:
2. Screen Options – On almost every page in the WP Dashboard, at the top right corner, is a Screen Options tab.
Opening that tab will, on many of the pages, open a world you didn’t know existed. Options galore that are normally hidden from view. Maybe you have a couple of hundred or more posts on your site. The default number of posts that show per page is 20. That’s at least 10 pages of posts to sift through! What if you could see 100 at a time? That would only be two pages. You can…
On the posts listing page, the checkboxes control which columns are shown. Other pages will have different controls for different things.
3. The Kitchen Sink – There is a small button on the right side of the toolbar called the Kitchen Sink (why they named it that, I don’t know, because it really isn’t):
Opening the Kitchen Sink gives you more editor options: applying HTML tags like Paragraph or Headings, underlining or justifying text, paste and indent options :
The cute little clipboard with a W icon is for pasting text from Microsoft Word. You should use it when you paste from Word as it strips out all the nasty formatting that Word includes behind the scenes.
4. Jetpack – this is a plugin from Automattic (the people behind wordpress.com and the major corporate backers of the standalone WordPress software we use) that does so much that Taughnee and I install it as ‘standard equipment’ on sites we create:
You’ll need to create an account on wordpress.com to activate it and use it on your site (if we haven’t done it for you already), but most of the features are free and well worth the effort.