7 Tips for the WordPress “Write Post” Page

Here are 7 useful tips related to WordPress’s “Write Post” page.

  1. Change a Post’s URL — If you’re using Pretty Permalinks, you can open the “Post Slug” section of the “Write Post” page and type in the text that you’d like to appear in the post’s URL. Among other things, this can be useful for shortening the URL of a post that has an abnormally long title.

  2. Post Macros — Install and configure the Shortcut Macros plugin, enter a shortcut text in the “Post” field of the Write Post page, save the post, and the shortcut will be expanded with the full text of your choosing.

  3. Disable the Visual Editor — By default the Write Post page has two tabs for post composition: “Visual” and “Code.” If you’d prefer to use the “code” editor exclusively, you can disable the visual editor.

  4. Publish Posts in the Future — The Write Post page has a feature that lets you “work ahead” on your blog. Learn about it here: How to Publish Posts in the Future.

  5. Custom Fields — Use this section to attach additional bits of information to your posts. The WordPress Codex has a good tutorial on using Custom Fields.

  6. Excerpt — Excerpts appear in lieu of the full post content on category/tag/author/date archives, assuming your theme supports it. By default, WordPress uses the first 55 words of the post as the excerpt. However, you can specify your own using the “Excerpt” section (or “Optional Excerpt” before WordPress 2.5).

  7. Remove Unused Functionality Bloat — Streamline your blogging workflow by using the Custom Write Panel plugin to create your own version of the “Write Post” page that omits functionality you don’t use (for example, perhaps the Trackbacks, Post Password, and/or Discussion sections).

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