11 Top WordPress Tips From The WPMU Team

Tips

At WPMU we are all unashamed WordPress geeks. It comes with the territory. And as such, we know handy little tips and tricks that can save you time, boost your WordPress efficiency and increase your blog’s potential for success.

I have been harassing my WPMU colleagues for the past few days and have come up with a list of 11 WordPress tips for your benefit. I threw in a few of my own for good measure.

I offered no restrictions on the types of tips that were to be offered, and I received a wide variety that share just one common factor – they are all extremely handy for any WordPress user! Consider it a pick’n’mix of handy tips (that almost rhymes rather delightfully).

The Tips

1. Educate Yourself

WordPress Codex

Read the Codex! It’s amazing how much you can teach yourself. Every time I hit a snag with WordPress I turn to the community-run documentation. It’s super helpful, and the coolest thing is that it’s mostly written by volunteers. (Tim)

2. Go Incognito

Whenever you view your WordPress blog, you are probably logged in. Use the Incognito feature in Google Chrome to view your blog as a first time visitor would, without having to actually log out. (Ronnie)

3. Housekeeping

Housekeeping
Three cheers for 1950s sexist America!

Keep your plugins directory clean. If you’re not using a plugin, make sure to see if it offers a full uninstall. Delete any plugins you’re not using. This will help you when troubleshooting conflicts on your site. You’ll have fewer factors to test when trying to track down the cause of a problem. (Sarah)

4. Frustrate Hackers

Hackers
Looking good guys...

Always delete unused themes. Compromised code inside of inactive themes can leave your website open to attack. (Tom)

5. Embrace Captions

WordPress
Case in point: you are reading this.

Put captions in your images – people always read captions! (James)

6. Access Your Image Gallery In Double-Quick Time

If you are uploading a bunch of images, once they are all done, click ‘Save All Changes’ to have the gallery tab appear! (James)

7. Go Tag-Crazy

Prevent duplicate content and boost your onsite SEO by using loads of tags and selecting them to be indexed (and conversely, your categories not to be indexed). (Tom)

8. Avoid The Visual Editor’s Wrath

Paste From Word

Never copy and paste from Microsoft Word straight into the Visual Editor. Always use the “Paste from Word” button, or paste into the HTML Editor. (Siobhan)

9. Always Preview Posts

Always Preview posts before you hit Publish, as you’ll always see mistakes in a ‘fake live’ version that you’d miss in the editor. (James)

10. Put A Stop To Messy Permalinks

Always check a post’s permalink before you publish it. Apostrophes and other such symbols can make a mess of your URL without you knowing it. (Tom)

11. Don’t Neglect Your Design

Design and presentation matter, so unless you’re a talented designer, don’t be afraid to spend a few bucks on good theme and customizations. Design isn’t a substitute for good content, but it can be a helpful compliment, and studies have shown that first impressions (i.e. how visitors take to your overall design) matter a lot. (Joe)

Creative commons images courtesy of Rachael Voorhees, funnyjunk, whiteandrust, cryptome and York University.