13 Built-In WordPress Options that Publishers Need to Know

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If you’re an online publisher that uses WordPress, you need to make sure you’re using all the built-in options that are available to you. While WP has quite a few great features, a lot of people don’t realize some of them even exist! We’re to help with this by giving you a look at 13 specific options that can help make your life a whole lot easier.

13 Built-in WordPress Options

Here’s a breakdown of the 13 options for WordPress you should know about – and use on a daily basis.

  1. Live Theme Preview – Choosing the perfect theme is easy because WordPress now allows you to preview it before you use it on your site.
  2. Theme Customizer – Additionally, most themes have quite a few options that will let you customize them to your liking, making your website special and different.
  3. Easier Tweet Embedding – The latest WordPress has a built-in way to easily embed tweets in your post.
  4. HTML in Image Captions – This is also new but very useful. You can now include HTML in your image captions – like links to other websites.
  5. Page Break – This is a very simple option but one that not many people use for some reason. It allows you to determine exactly where there will be a break so you can split your post up into multiple pages.
  6. HTML Editor – While WordPress defaults to the Visual editor when you start a post, all it takes is a click of the HTML tab and the editor allows you to add whatever HTML code you want manually.
  7. Screen Options – This allows you to choose which plugins are displayed on the administration screens. If you don’t use something, you can stop it from being displayed so it doesn’t bother you.
  8. Disallow Comments – If you’re not interested in comments on your posts – or you’re using something else like Disqus, you’ll want to make sure you turn off WordPress comments, which is really easy with this option.
  9. Revisions – Did you know that WordPress saves copies of every post you make? And not just once. You can actually go back several revisions if you need to for some reason. This is a feature that has helped many people.
  10. Search engine privacy – You don’t want to turn this on unless you know what you’re doing and you’re sure you don’t want the search engine bots coming around, but by checking a simple box you can stop the search engines from crawling your site.
  11. Audio Shortcode – Adding audio is super easy in WordPress. If you haven’t tried this option before, you should give it a go to see how easy they make it.
  12. WordPress Feeds – Writing your own content is the best, of course, but sometimes you want a little extra content and WP Feeds are a great way to do this easily. Simply paste the URL of the RSS feed and you can add headlines from other sources to your site.
  13. Akismet – This is a plug-in that comes pre-installed with WordPress, but it’s something you should turn on and use because it really helps out with spammers on your blog.

Using the built-in WordPress options above, you’re going to have an easier time publishing content every single day. And as you know, the more quality content you publish, the greater your chances of success. If you think we missed some, leave a comment below.

Written by: Heidi Johnson likes to buy unique leather footwear because of her desire to look good for the man she loves. She also dyes her hair red for him because she’s in love.