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7 WordPress Hacks To Keep You In The Writing Groove

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…



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.

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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!

URL Search

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.

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Then you can scroll down and select the link you want, which is great for internal link building to help with SEO and bounce rate!

Three dash line.

By simply typing three dashes (-), WordPress will automatically turn this into a line. Like below.

Quick edit.

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.

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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.

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Quick text formatting. 

You can easily switch between bold and italics and underlined text by pressing control (cmd on Mac) then bi 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.

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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.

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Do you know any WordPress hacks?


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  1. i was never a fan of wordpress and it surprised me by the selection of functions that wordpress got.

    jess x |

  2. Dear Corinne, being a rookie blogger I really like your blogging tips! I decided to start with WordPress and I really like it, so thanks for this great post!

    Alles Liebe!

  3. I was debating switching to wordpress for ages but I’m quite happy with Blogger at the min!

    Ash | Liakada

  4. I’ve only very very recently moved over to WordPress and I’m still sort of stumbling my way around. It’s so much simpler than blogger in general terms but I was using blogger for so so long, WordPress got me ridiculously stumped! A couple of the things listed I’d already been doing but such a helpful post, thank you!

    Vickie |

  5. Im currently debating leaving blogger for wordpress, I’m just a bit worried about the move. If definitely seems more helpful than blogger!

  6. Now my blog is up and running, I so wish I had gone with wordpress!! It just looks so much more helpful and the formatting is just so much smoother. ARGH. Plus I am in love with your comment function to leave the last post you did, its so cool, and I LOVE finding new blog posts to read in your comments 🙂

  7. Some great tips here, thanks for sharing! There’s a few of them which I didn’t know of and will try to use in the future.

  8. Wasn’t aware of the drag/drop image option – thanks!

    Here’s one I find really useful – if you want to put a video in your post which is on YouTube (and, I believe, other similar sites) you can just put the url in your post, hit enter and the video is automatically inserted into your post (I’ve done it with this post:/)

  9. Sometimes I do wish I’d chosen wordpress when I’d first set up my blog all those years ago, but I’m well and truly a Blogger person now. Wish we had functions like this though!

  10. The sticky post tip is fantastic! I did not know about it! I have a static page on my blog – so relieved about this!

  11. This post was so informative! I’m a fairly new blogger and am always looking for new blogging tips. Thanks so much 🙂

    Edye // Gracefulcoffee

  12. Oh I can’t cope with using the visual mode! Hate it haha! I didn’t know you could search for links to add in, damn, that’ll make life easier! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Reading this reminds me why I need to ditch blogger and move over to wordpress. There are so many things that you can’t do and that restrict the end product Lucy x

  14. I love using WordPress and this post has made me love it even more, a couple tips I didn’t realise were a thing, thanks!x

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