Working on WordPress is easy and comfortable, even for the beginners. It offers severalfeatures and functionalitiesthat help you run a website or a blog, without the necessity of having a lot of technical skill.The flipside to getting comfortable, though, is that we easily get used to things and almost always forget about the tools and featuresthat we don’t use.While a lot of us would go out and try to find out ways to make our website more functional; there are those, who would not give such kind of exploration a second thought. Of course, nobody wants to read detailed or lengthy notes. We don’t even realize that the knowledge of the features that we are ignoringmay have increased our website’s efficiency or made our life easier. There are some such hidden gems in WordPress that have gone unnoticed for a while, and we have prepared a list of them so that you can begin to use them too.
- Stream Videos
Some people need to stream videos on their website, and may find it hard to do it in WordPress. However, with theVideoPro theme (http://www.theme-junkie.com/themes/videopro/), you can easily broadcast videos by embedding them on your website. It will enable you to provide video uploading facility on your website. Another interesting theme that can be used for the same purpose is theTrueMag video theme (http://demo.cactusthemes.com/truemag/).
It is usually one of the most ignored media functions of WordPress. It permits you to paste a single URL in your HTML editor, automatically using the embed code, and generate media content without the help of WordPress plugins. The sites from where media content can be embedded, include YouTube, Twitter, Animoto, etc. For more information, you can visit http://codex.wordpress.org/Embeds
- Know Your Customer Feedback
WordPress can be a savior for those businesses, where knowingthe customers’ response is always important. The idea (http://www.appthemes.com/themes/ideas),is a productivity theme that allows you to listen to your customers and engage constructively with them. The Ideas theme powers your customer feedback engine, enabling you to set up categories, prioritize content by votes, and choose the best and most popular suggestions to implement. It also enables users to submit ideasand suggestions to vote on.
- Customizable Dashboard
This is one of the less known features of WordPress and lets you manage what should or should not be on your dashboard. So you do not have to toil with a dashboard that does not increase your productivity by any means. Instead, customize it to meet your individual needs and working style. It is worth trying, and for more help visit: http://en.support.wordpress.com/screen-options
- 5. Booking
The booking plugin named Booking System Pro can be very helpful for the service industry. Hotels and restaurants can utilize it for better record keeping, and in delivering better services to their customers. This plugin can be easily customized as per your business needs. For more information about this functionality or to purchase it, go to (http://codecanyon.net/item/booking-system-pro-wordpress-plugin/2675936)
Have you ever felt that running a website as an administrator is like being aperson who has been forced to run on a treadmill for hours, without any breaks or halts? Yes, organizing your website can be that tiring. You are regularly required to update and post on your website, and this commitment sees no holidays. But you might not be aware of Post Scheduling. Post scheduling helps you schedule your postsby their date, month or hour. Yes, you can manage and control your article’s posting date in advance. For more information read: http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/schedule-a-post
Most of us are content with the basic menu bar on our website, but then there are those of us, who require that little something extra. The good news is, your WordPress menu bar is customizable. It enables you to set up categories and tags, and other useful portfolios and semantic links. For more information, you can see Julie Christine’s blog on“How to Customize Your Menu Bar in WordPress” (http://www.fabulousblogging.com/2014/11/how-to-customize-your-menu-bar-in-wordpress-for-com-or-org/).
- Empty your trash automatically
WordPress allows you to delete your trash automatically at various time intervals. Including a small snippet of code into your website would let you do that. Read more about that here (http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-automatically-empty-your-wordpress-trash).
Author: Saket Kumar Singh
A digital marketer and strategist by profession, I love writing and travelling. In the past I have been a Communication Engineer, Coder, Banker and Lead Consultant. Someday I would travel to explore the world.