WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) on the web chosen by around half of the top million sites. It has around 17 years of demonstrated history with more than 50 million sites globally.
WordPress has over 50% of the market share for CMSs, and 39% of the internet uses this platform. Well-known content publishers, including CNN and the NY Times, are also using WordPress successfully.
WordPress exhibits an excellent set of features to give a comfortable, gratifying, and appealing experience to its users. Such features make it the most admired blogging tool, content management system, and website building software globally.
Many of you must be already utilizing maximum elements of WordPress very effectively, either for blogging or creating revolutionary websites and apps. In this blog, I am talking about several core features of WordPress that you should definitely bring into play. Check out if you are using these features more often or you are missing them!
Let’s take a look at these features:
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1. Flexibility to build a range of websites
WordPress has its origin as a blogging platform, and now with the new releases, it’s also possible to create a variety of websites using this prevailing publishing platform. The different types of websites you can build by using WordPress include business websites, blogs, eCommerce websites, forums, personal websites, Q&A websites, portfolios, membership sites, eLearning modules, etc.
The best thing about WordPress is that just with simple plugins and themes, you can make the above-mentioned types of websites such as eCommerce and forums fully functional. e.g., With the WooCommerce plugin, you can develop a working online store that includes payment processing, a shopping cart, and product galleries, right from your standard WordPress website.
Moreover, while designing and developing such websites or apps, blogs can be the central part of the development process itself, and you don’t need to work hard on it separately.
2. A more focused writing mode
It’s tough for a blogger to avoid distractions such as E-mails, tweets, or status updates. Due to all these disturbances, the deadline of the work gets missed at times. Opportunely, if your publishing platform is WordPress, then you will avoid some distractions. WordPress helps you with its versatile distraction-free writing mode so that you can focus on your writing.
The button for ‘distraction-free writing mode’ is right there in the native editor of WordPress. You can see it on any edit page within the TinyMCE editor in the top-right hand corner. Once you click this button, the dashboard menu on the left and the meta boxes on the right gets hidden. Besides, the bar at the top of the page also gets faint so that your eyes don’t roam around.
This thing certainly provides you an excellent writing mode with which you can concentrate on your writing efficiently.
3. The category and tags converter
To organize your website differently, you may sometimes change its structure. You may work on categories and tags so that readers can easily reach related and specific content.
While doing so, you may end up switching your website’s categories into tags or tags into categories. This allows you to enhance your blog posts and pages’ look and feel to match your reader’s taste. Moreover, the WordPress theme can be switched to make it a little snazzier. The next core WordPress feature called ‘The Categories and Tags Converter’ is the most pertinent to fulfill the above requirements.
You can find this tab in the ‘Tools’ menu, which needs to be imported. While making the individual selection, you have to click the ‘Convert’ button to change Categories to Tags or Tags to Categories.
4. Themes and Plugins for website scale-up
When you create a standard blog or website by installing a theme and adjusting the design, you may feel like adding something new to increase its value after some time. This could be a membership section or a monthly quiz with which customer interaction gets improved. For the same, you can make use of membership plugins or quiz plugins, which are either free or paid. You can also explore new plugins with the WordPress dashboard or search them in the WordPress plugin library.
Besides, you may need to get new themes for your website to give it a fresh look or go for a more powerful piece: the premium one. Articles can also help you modify your online offerings and provide different tools that can’t be obtained with plugins. You can get a WordPress theme with a Google search, but it’s always better to choose from a trusted and reputed WordPress theme shop for the quality support, updates, and fast and well-optimized code. The WordPress Theme Directory, Themify, ThemeIsle, Elegant Themes, and StudioPress are a few of the famous theme hotspots that can be trusted.
5. WordPress Theme Customizer
When it comes to a complete redesign, customizing your WordPress theme can be very tricky. To make it simple and easy, a lot of theme developers have created custom dashboard editors. However, the WordPress Theme Customizer, which is sometimes overlooked, offers an excellent way to make fast theme modifications without searching the options in a custom dashboard editor. More importantly, it’s the recommended approach of theme customization.
You can find ‘The Theme Customizer’ under the headings ‘Appearance/Customize’ within the WordPress sidebar, from where you can browse several customizations suitable to your theme. This way, you can modify the website’s title, logo, tagline, menu structure, and color scheme.
Moreover, since the WordPress 4.5 update has been released, you get the newest additions under Theme Customizer, with which more practical and quick customization can be achieved.
6. Activating CSS classes
With this WordPress feature, you can give a customized or unique look to individual menus, submenus, and menu buttons that enhances the overall experience of working with WordPress.
When you turn on custom CSS classes, you can put in CSS code to customize the design as per your taste. The good part here is that you can remain on the Menu edit page while adding the code of your choice. Moreover, it offers a comfortable yet faster way to modify your menus’ design from a well-known interface.
You can activate the CSS Classes from the Screen Options tab, which is at the top of the Menus screen. After clicking the bill, many checkboxes get displayed, out of which you have to click the CSS Classes box. You can find this particular box under the Show advanced menu properties section.
WordPress is indeed a potent content management system because it has a myriad of features. It is the perfect platform not only for bloggers but also for business owners and eCommerce professionals. If you employ the above-mentioned WordPress features, which are fairly known, then you can surely go the extra mile!