WordPress Hacks And Tricks

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. WordPress is installed on a web server, which either is part of an Internet hosting service or is a network host itself; the first case may be on a service like WordPress.com, for example, and the second case is a computer running the software package WordPress.org.

WordPress’s primary support website is WordPress.org. This support website hosts both WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress and a living repository for WordPress information and documentation and WordPress Forums, an active online community of WordPress users. There are some popular hacks and tricks to make WordPress easier and more appealing to use.

Display Categories

Instead of using your categories in sidebar, users of WordPress can put them up on the navigation bar, dropping down the sub categories in second-level drop down.

Adding Gravatar

Gravatar is an add-on that enables WordPress users to showcase the author of any article or any other content created. It enables the author to upload a personalised picture and a bio as well, making the article look more official to the eventual reader.

Author Comments

Another lesser-known trick is to ensure that author’s comments on any particular post of his are highlighted, thus differentiating them from comments made by anyone else who reads and comments on the article. This ensures greater levels of clarity for readers, who are easily made aware of the author’s intention. It also provides exclusivity to the author who is able to put his message across efficiently.

Thumbnails for posts

WordPress enables the users and creators to create thumb-nails for different posts, which serve as a sort of promotional image for the post. This is an extremely useful tool to use when uploading posts or other articles on social networking websites like Facebook. It generates interest in the reader and makes them want to read the article, if the thumbnail appears interesting.

Mobile version of WordPress blog

WordPress also allows for a provision to convert the online/PC blog into a more readable mobile blog version. This is extremely helpful for creators and different authors too, as it is an extremely convenient way of reading blogs on the go. The need to continuously log in from a PC or a laptop is done away with and it can be easily done through the phone, thus saving all stakeholders a lot of time as well.

WordPress is prima facie a very complex content management system but small tricks and tips like these can ensure that users get the maximum benefit from it, while achieving their work as well. Technology is constantly evolving and soon there will be a day where WordPress will be 100% user-friendly and convenient to use for those who are not well versed with CMS technology as well.

Picture courtesy – blog.sqlauthority.com, thenextweb.com and wordpress.org

by techtalks @TechTalks May 30, 2016 4:09 AM UTC


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