Cool ‘Hidden’ WordPress options

Cool ‘Hidden’ WordPress options

The one tip that could make your WordPress admin experience 100% better.

Okay, they’re not really ‘Hidden’ but unless you’re the inquisitive type, you’ll probably never ‘Discover’ them.  I’ve been building and administering WordPress sites for years and I totally love the way the system is improving over time. If you work on WordPress only occasionally or if you’re just not a button-clicker, then you’ll really appreciate this simple tip.

When you’re working on any WordPress page, there are an abundance of options presented to you, often to the point of distraction – that’s why I choose the ‘distraction-free’ writing option when typing up a post. But sometimes it feels like there’s something missing… something else you’d like access to or a parameter you’d like to control…

A cool tab

Never fear, the answer is right in front of you – well top-right-in-front of you to be precise.

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When you click he ‘Screen Options’ tab it reveal a series of ‘Hidden’ option at the top of the screen that control options and other aspects of the screen. The options revealed are context-sensitive, in other words they are dependent on the page being used. This means you’ll see different option when editing a post to those you’ll see when editing a menu.

Here are a couple of favorites:

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Change to number of items displayed on a post listing or page listing or user page by selecting a higher value from the drop-down.

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When editing menus, I like to set the ‘Link Target’ option, this gives me control over what happens when a users clicks a menu item – does it open the URL in a new page or the current page? – this is useful when you are linking to external resources via your menu structure. An example might be connecting to and external ticketing site for event sales.

I hope that you find this little tip useful and that you’ll go on to discover cool option that make your admin work easier and more productive.

About Me

I'm Steve, the founder of E2Marketing and I work hard every day to ensure our customers receive the best experience from their websites and marketing services. When I'm not at my desk working. I can be found on my bike cycling around South Florida, thinking about work.

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