What are some WordPress tips & tricks?

Updated 6 days ago by Taylor McManus

Using the WordPress Toolbar

The WordPress toolbar is a way to easily access some of the most common WordPress features. When you are logged into your WordPress dashboard and visit your website, the Toolbar run across the top of the browser window. This toolbar only shows when you are logged into your website and will not be visible to visitors.

Instead of searching in the WordPress dashboard with one click from your website, you are able to...

  • Quick links to WordPress.org, Codex and Support Forums
  • Visit your WordPress dashboard
  • Create a new Post, Page or add an Image(s) to the Media Library
  • Edit the current page you are viewing on the website
  • View or Edit your Profile and logout from the WordPress Dashboard
  • Perform a website search

The Difference between Posts and Pages

Posts are articles that will be published on your Blog page. They include the Author, post date, category, unlike pages.

Pages include all the informational pages on your website including information about the area, about the company, contact and any other items you choose to include.

Adding A New Page

To add a new Page, hover your cursor over the Pages menu option in the left-hand navigation menu and in the fly-out menu, click the Add New link. Alternatively, click the Pages menu option and then click the Add New link underneath, or the Add New button at the top of the page. You will be presented with a page similar to the image below.

Creating a New Page in WordPress

Adding A New Post

To add a new Post, hover over the Posts menu option in the left-hand navigation menu and in the fly-out menu, click the Add New link. Alternatively, click the Posts menu option and then click the Add New link underneath, or the Add New button at the top of the page. You will be presented with a page similar to the image below.

Creating a New Post in WordPress

Publish Panel in the WordPress Editor

Past Revisions of the Page/Post

In the Publish panel in the top right sidebar of the page/post, the number of revisions for the page will be shown. Click on the Browse link to review the previous versions of the page.

You can use the slider at the top to toggle between revisions of the page. Content that has been deleted will be shaded red and content that has been added will be shaded green. If you would like to restore a previous version, click on the Restore This Revision button.

Changing a Page/Post from Public to Draft

If you have accidentally published a page or no longer wish to show a page on your website and may use the page at a later day, you can change it to Draft mode. In the top right sidebar within the page editor, there is a Status area that you can change the page to Publish, Pending Review and Draft. Once you have chosen the status you want, click on the blue Update button.

Password Protected Page

To make a page password protected and not available to the public, you can add a password to the page. By clicking on the Visibility link in blue labeled Edit you can add a password to the page. Be sure to make it a strong password so it is difficult to access the page without the correct password. This is a free tool online that can help you create a strong password --> strongpasswordgenerator.com

Scheduling a Page/Post to be Published in the Future

In order to schedule a page or blog post for a later date, you can use the Publish Immediately Edit link. Click on the blue Edit button and you can choose the date you want the blog post published.


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