With the modern generation being electronically inclined and hooked to the World Wide Web, a lot of people are logging on to the internet to voice their thoughts. Thanks to WordPress, they have found an ideal platform to create their own website and start writing.
Being one of the most powerful blogging tools, most people prefer it. In fact, there are a lot of people who know the inside out of WordPress and are sort of experts of this blogging tool. With a vast range of customizing, debugging and formatting tools in place, this is definitely not a mean task.
However, if you think that mastering WordPress is not your cup of tea, think again. If you are really keen on becoming an expert of WordPress, you should understand that merely learning the basic and advanced options of the tool is just not enough. What you need to know are some untold secrets. Believe it or not, it is the people who have figured out these secrets who are really the masters of WordPress.
Want to know what these secrets are? Take a look.
Learn your Short Codes and Work on them
There is no denying the fact that WordPress themes are what form the backbone for your website. When coupled with the right content, they can work wonders for your site. However, what you may not have known is that using short codes can actually help you to give a magical touch to these themes. And do you know what the best part of using these short codes is? You can add them to any page and as many times as you want and the tool would accept it hands down.
Become a Debugging Expert
You might have heard it time and again that if you want to become a WordPress master, you should be able to write the codes without any bugs. Well, this is sort of true. But, you will surely agree that debugging works just as fine. So, go ahead and get an in depth knowledge about the different aspects of debugging. Some of the important debugging tools offered by WordPress are WP_Debug, Sript_Debug and SaveQueries. Other than these there are “All” and “Shutdown” hooks which can be used in tandem with the SaveQueries. The Core Control plugin is another great tool that enables you to look for bugs in the codes written by you.
Become a World Class For-matter
You will totally agree that with the WordPress formatting options, you can actually make your blog look extremely impressive and attractive. But, have there been times when you have wished for more formatting options. The truth is that most of the formatting options are hidden under an option on the toolbar which is known as the kitchen sink option. Clicking on this will open up a tool bar with many more formatting options.
One of the best ways to format WordPress templates is with the help of Visual editor. This gives you a large number of options to format your WordPress website, just the way you would like it to be. This allows you to change the font types and their sizes and styles, alter the alignment of the text etc. This also allows you to add media to your website.
Once you are well versed with these formatting options, there is no stopping you from becoming a world class WordPress formatter.
Test your Blog with A/B Tests
Driving traffic to your website is one of the most difficult tasks that you might come across. What you need is an attractive title and unique content which would compel the users to click on the link to your blog. Of course, this is easier said than done. However, with the help of A/B tests, you can actually assure yourself about the uniqueness of your blog.
Using the A/B testing, you can test the title of your blog, the product descriptions on your blog in case it is an ecommerce site, any kinds of graphs or drawings that you might be using and the call for action that you may have put up.
The right way to do A/B testing of your WordPress website is by gathering data online. Based on this finding, create two different variations of the content that seem most unique. Once this is ready, launch the A/B testing tool and run your tests. The test might take some time to come up with the result. While checking this result, you will find the difference between the performances of the two variations. The one that performs better should be the perfect choice for your website.
Go for a Unique Home Page
Your home page speaks volumes about your blog, which is why choosing a perfect one is important. You can do this quite easily by choosing an attractive design template and then customizing it as per your preferences. However, it would be a good idea to keep this stable. Though the popular belief is that changing home page is appealing, the truth is that your homepage personifies your blog. In fact, most of the popular WordPress blogs can be identified by their unique homepage. So, if you really want readers to follow your blog diligently, design a creative homepage and make it static using the required options.
Tagging Posts Made Easy
Long sentences can be quite boring and lead you to lose your readers. Thus tagging your content is a great way to offer a breather between the content. But, did you know that you can actually add as many tags as you want to your post? Yes! There is an option on the tool bar that allows you to add in more tags. This is present next to the text aligning options. Use this to add tags to your heart’s content. You can even alter the message of the tags by editing them in the HTML mode.
Connecting with other WordPress experts and reading more about the tool is also an easy way to master it. So, now that you know the untold secrets of WordPress, there is no stopping you from mastering it.