5 WordPress CMS Tips For Non-Geeks

WordPress is easily the most popular CMS (Content Management System)  on the market today; and deservedly so. Developers will say that it is painfully rigid and doesn’t allow the same amount of flexibility as say Drupal but for the common user who doesn’t speak HTML, WordPress does the job perfectly.

There are, however, a few more little tricks left of WordPress’ sleeve that a cunning admin can utilise without having to go to their developers for help. Some of these may seem obvious but you’ll be surprised as how many people aren’t aware of these built in WordPress Features.

Edit Images inside your Media Library

WordPress Media Library is a very powerful tool that doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. If you ever want to quickly edit an image already on your website to say, fit a thumbnail, all you need to do is go into the Media Library and click ‘Edit Image’ underneath the pop out of your selected images. From here you can edit image size, rotation and even crop it to scale.

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Try it out next time you’re uploading images, it could save you a lot of time.

Prevent the Double Space between lines when you press return

Sometimes when you’re merrily typing away in the text editor you’ll notice that a double space between the lines has appeared when you only wanted it to go onto the next line.

Luckily, all you need to do is hold shift when you press enter (return) and will always go onto the line directly below rather than starting a new paragraph.

Prevent Spam Users from Signing up

Depending on the function of your site, you may find that your users lists are getting filled up by obviously spam accounts that – even if they cause no harm – are if nothing else just really annoying when trying to navigate through genuine users.

If you run a store through your site you will have to go down the Captcha via your developers but if you don’t require users signups you can quickly and easily prevent registrations to your site by clicking a single checkbox.

Under Settings on the left navigation bar, there is an option called Membership, if you uncheck the box saying anyone can register, the only way to create users going forward will be via the existing admin users.

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Change the Default username from Admin

Nice quick one here. If you’re going to hack a WordPress website you already know where you need to go to login by typing /wp-admin and if you have your Admin username down as Admin or Administrator, a hacker is only a password away from destroying all of your hard work.

If you treat your username as a secondary password and make it something obscure you make your site that little bit more secure with minimal effort.

Admin is a protected username so you will need to create a new account and give it admin rights.

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There’s a handy button in the user section that allows you to do just that. Simply add a new user, logout then log back in with the new account and delete the old Admin account.

If you have blogs and pages made under the admin account, WordPress is even clever enough to let you attribute all of the old posts to your new user when you delete it.

Ignore Plugin and WordPress Updates at your Peril

Because of how popular wordpress is, and the fact all of these sites are using the same system, it’s a dream come true for hackers. Regardless of how regular a WordPress user you are, if you have access to the admin panel you will have seen the little red numbers in the left hand bar. There danger here is that you get used to them being there rather than thinking “Crumbs, If I don’t get this sorted soon my site could be hacked!” If you’re not confident in applying these yourself then this is unfortunately where you’ll need to spend a bit of money on a developer but I can’t stress to you how important it is to keep your site up to date.

To do a full clean up of a compromised website can take a very long time and if your site is your main source of income, you’ll be kicking yourself at the thought of money spent fixing it added to money lost during down time.