7 Little Known WordPress Features
Whether you’re new to WordPress, or an old pro, there’s some hidden gems in WordPress that you might not be aware of.
1. Easily Embed a Tweet
Did you know you can embed a tweet just by pasting the url into your page editor?
— Press Coders (@presscoders) October 7, 2012
To get the status url of a single tweet, go to twitter.com and find the tweet you want to embed. Click on the tweet to expand it, then click the “details” link.
Copy the url in your browser, then paste it into your page/post editor.
2. Easily Embed a YouTube Video
Similar to the tweet embed, WordPress lets you paste in a simple YouTube url without fussing over embed codes.
Simply go to the video you want to use on youtube.com, and copy the url in your browser.
In this case, the url is:
Here’s what it looks like:
3. Reorder Posts by Date
WordPress automatically orders your posts by date, newest on top. What if you want to switch the order around a little bit?
Without using a plugin, here’s a quick and simple way to reorder your posts. Just change the date!
Click on Posts in your admin area, then go to the post you want to move. Click on “Quick Edit” under the post title.
You will then see this (below), and you can change the post date. Just change the post to be more recent if you want it higher up in your post order, or less recent to do the opposite.
4. Fullscreen Editor
The standard page/post editor in WordPress is full of links, buttons, and meta boxes. If you want to get rid of all that and just focus on writing, the fullscreen editor is for you.
It removes all of the extra stuff, and just lets you focus on your content.
To enable the fullscreen editor, just go to a post/page edit screen, and click the fullscreen button.
The result is a totally immersive writing experience, with no distractions.
Give it a try! You’ll love it.
5. Visual Editor Features
The visual editor has some great features you might have missed.
Obviously you can bold, italicize, and change the color of text. But did you know you can check your spelling, paste as plain text, and remove unwanted formatting?
The Kitchen Sink
First, make sure you press the kitchen sink button to show the extra row of buttons in the visual editor.
Press this button to spellcheck your document.
Paste as plain text, and paste from Word
If you do a lot of copy/pasting, these buttons will come in handy. If you copied some text, and you want to paste it without bringing along the colors, fonts, and other formatting, use the paste as plain text button. This will make the text you paste match the rest of your document.
If you are copying from Word, you can use the button right next to the button above to paste. It doesn’t work perfectly, but give it a try.
If you paste something and it doesn’t come out right, or your document is looking a little rough, you can use this button.
This will remove unwanted formatting, without stripping proper tags like <h2>. (Make sure to highlight the text you want to edit, then press the button.)
Want to break your post up into multiple pages? No problem.
Switch to Text mode in your page/post editor (the tab at the top right), and add this code:
Depending on your theme, you should see page numbers at the bottom of your post sort of like this:
7. The Read More Button
We get this question ALL the time in our support forums, so it’s worth a mention here.
The read more button allows you to cut off your post and force readers to click “Read More” to see the rest of the post. This is handy for blog pages with multiple posts, where you don’t want each post to be displayed at full length.
To cut off your post and add a read more button, just place your cursor where you want it to appear, and click this button (in Visual mode).
If you are in Text mode, you can add this code:
That’s all for now, I hope you learned something! If you have any other tips I missed, please add them in the comments.