When you’re writing a blog post, do ever find yourself in the zone?
You’ve got a great idea, you’re inspired, you know what you want to write and it’s just a case of getting the words onto the screen.
You start tapping away at the keys, but every two seconds you’re having to take your hands away from the keyboard to use the mouse to format. Add in images, make something bold, change something to a headline.
I don’t know about you, but this distracts my flow. Once I pause, I can lose track of what I was going to type next, where the post was going and feel a bit demotivated to carry on.
I used to just write a post from start to finish without adding in any special features to avoid this. Until I started learning some of these handy tips and tricks to help me.
Okayyy, I do realise that these are not going to be useful for some of you who are using Blogger, Square Space or other blogging platforms. But it still might be fun to have a look through if you’re considering WordPress.
So there are a few handy hacks and shortcuts that can make your life a bit easier while using WordPress. Let’s take a look at some.
Drag and Drop Images.
You don’t have to upload images through the Add Media function, you can just drag them from your desktop or a folder and insert them straight into the content box and they’ll auto upload. This can make things easier if you have loads of files and folders that your images are sorted into!
If you want to add a related post link in your blog post, you can just search for the post. Click on the Insert Link Button and type in a search term where you would usually put the URL and wait for it to auto load.
Three dash line.
By simply typing three dashes (-), WordPress will automatically turn this into a line. Like below.
Ok, this one isn’t to do with writing a post, but it’s still handy! If you want to quickly edit something about your post, like the category or title, you can do so using quick edit.
Just go to the ‘All Posts’ tab in the side bar and hover over the post you want to edit, then click quick edit. This is a really easy way to go about sorting your your blogs categories if you’re wanting to split them into just a handful.
Stick to front page.
If you don’t have a slider on your blog to show featured posts, you might want to keep one of your favourite posts up to the top for longer.
Think pinned posts on Twitter.
You can do this by ticking ‘Stick this post to the front page’ and it will display that post first, as if it’s the latest post.
Quick text formatting.
You can easily switch between bold and italics and underlined text by pressing control (cmd on Mac) then b, i or u. Just press control (cmd) plus the letter again to go back to normal text.
You can also quickly insert a link by pressing control (cmd) + k.
Press the question mark button next to the undo and redo buttons for more keyboard shortcuts.
Text only mode.
Want to get rid of all the distractions while you’re typing? Press the square button in the top right corner of the content editor to go into distraction-free writing mode.
Do you know any WordPress hacks?