5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About WordPress

WordPress is one of the most popular and highly recommended Content Management Systems online.
158217439 (4)What started out as a blogging platform, is now one of the most dynamic and user friendly ways to run a website for companies of every size. Because it’s a versatile platform, we find there are a lot of options that people just don’t know about.

5 Things to Improve Your WordPress Site

1. Menus. Menus can be designed with drop down functions so that different categories can be nested within pages of larger categories. It’s a great way to organize your site content so readers can easily find exactly what they’re looking for in the shortest amount of time.

2. RSS Feed. What is this elusive term that you’ve heard so many technology people talk about? RSS stands for Rich Site Summary. Basically, an RSS feed allows people to follow your blog or content in whatever reader they use. WordPress has feeds built in so that your readers can subscribe with a click of a button.

3. Permalink. A permalink is just a permanent web address for your content. WordPress allows you to specifically name your content in a way that’s easier for readers to remember and link to – you might opt for the first words of your post title or the date. In this way, you can link a specific post on your website as reference, and other content providers can do the same – linking your post as a reference elsewhere on the web.

4. Pingback. Speaking of permalink, a pingback lets you know when your site has been linked somewhere online. This alert allows you to find that content. A good practice when another writer has linked your site is to continue the conversation by acknowledging them in comments and visiting their site.

5.Plugins. Plugins are bits of code you can download to add features to your site, such as contact forms, extra widgets, and sharing buttons for your social media.

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About the Author

Though his chief ambition is to one day control the entire Internet, Jim busies himself in the meantime running our little web development and marketing agency. He's a certified super nerd who ranks coding in old, outdated languages and watching Star Trek reruns just a bit too high on his list of fun things to do. Outside of work, Jim enjoys Hockey (Tampa Bay Lighning, to be specific), more genres of music than most people realize exist, riding his Harley (he calls it "two wheel therapy") and exploring the world through travel.