When it comes to website management, WordPress has plenty of built-in tools. But they aren’t always immediately obvious. So to help you find the ones you might have missed, this post lists a number of not-so-obvious WordPress options that will help you manage your site.
WordPress options for easier site management
1. Get help quickly right from your dashboard
The Help tab at the top right corner of every WordPress dashboard screen is a great shortcut to get a little WordPress help quickly. It connects you instantly to the official WordPress documentation as well as to the Support forums, for the screen that you are currently on. For example, on the Dashboard, this is how it appears.
Using the Help tab is a great way to dig deeper into any problem, before initiating a search for help.
2. Make a post sticky
By default, WordPress displays your blog posts in chronological order on your blog page. But if you want, you can “pin” a post so that it always shows up first.
To pin any post to the top of your blog page, you just need to check the box to Stick this post to the front page:
In the right panel of your WordPress post editor, click on the Edit link next to Visibility and check the Stick this post to the front page option.
3. Change the default category for your posts
By default, WordPress publishes a post as “Uncategorized”, not an ideal way to present posts to readers.
It takes only a small settings change in WordPress options to avoid this. First, create a new category by accessing Posts → Categories → Add New Category.
Next, proceed to Settings → Writing.
Under the Default Post Category option, select your newly created category from the drop-down menu and save your changes. Any new posts will now use the selected category by default.
4. Schedule posts to publish on a specific date
You can also get WordPress to publish your post automatically at a scheduled date and time.
In the post editor, head to the Publish option and click on the Edit link. This allows you to pick a date and time for publishing your post. Finally, don’t forget to click OK, and hit the Schedule button.
If you choose a date in the future, WordPress will wait to publish the post until that time.
5. Change the WordPress URL structure
Using the post title in the URL gives the post a better shot at being found by search engines. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to change these URLs at Settings → Permalinks.
You can go with any standard option, or even create your own custom URL.
There’s one thing to be careful about, though. It’s not good for SEO to alter permalinks after publishing your posts. So make sure you do some research before changing permalinks on an active site. Our in-depth post on permalinks will help you get it right the first time around.
6. Add a favicon to your site
Favicons are the small site symbols that show up in browsers and mobile apps. Besides raising brand awareness, they help readers identify the site they want in their browser’s list of tabs.
7. Log out everywhere
You surely know that you can access your WordPress site from any location and from any device. Sometimes, you may forget to log out from a device that others have access to, which can pose a security risk.
Not to worry, you can access your site from any other device and logout. To be able to do this, you’ll need to enable the feature under Users → Your Profile → Account Management → Sessions. This simple feature is one of many WordPress options to enhance website security.
8. Manage comments better
It’s no fun to receive comments on a post that’s long past its shelf date. Luckily, you can tweak some WordPress options to stop comments automatically. Head to Settings → Discussions and configure the settings to automatically close comments. Once you activate this feature, comments will automatically close once a post is older than X days:
To find out how to stop comments on published posts, or to bulk edit comments, check out our earlier post on disabling comments in WordPress.
Other WordPress options that allow you to streamline comments management include notification by email whenever you receive a comment, and changing settings for comment moderation.
9. Add a team to make your work easier
Owning and operating a blog doesn’t mean that you’ve got to do all the work yourself. By adding users to your WordPress site and assigning user roles to them, you can make your work easier. At the same time, you can maintain website security by restricting capabilities.
By default, WordPress allows you to add five different user roles, each with its own capabilities. To get started, head to Users → Add New.
10. Import content from other platforms like Blogger
If you’ve been creating posts on any platform other than WordPress (such as Blogger) and want to move them to a WordPress website, the Import option makes it easy. The import/export features help move comments, posts, pages and other content from one platform to another.
You can also export content to another WordPress website. After selecting the content you want to export, click Download Export File. Thereafter, you can import the XML file into the second WordPress website.
This list of WordPress options is by no means exhaustive. WordPress allows you to do many more things such as preview themes, convert categories to tags and add custom CSS to menus. Beginners, in particular, will gain by taking time to explore these hidden WordPress options.