How to Enhance Your WP Writing Experience

by Karthik on August 27, 2007 · 7 comments

If you are a long time WordPress user like me, you surely know the obvious limitations that the WordPress backend has. There are far too many distractions in the Compose Section where you write the posts. Presence of Controls that you never use could become a nightmare to manage so it would be best if you would just remove them and use a stripped down version of the Compose Screen to manage your workflow better. There are other hacks that you could apply too so be sure you to stick on to read on..

  • Get Rid of the Clutter

As I mentioned before there are far too many items in the compose screen that I normally don’t use. There is stuff like Password Protection, Excerpt, Custom Fields, Discussion Options, Bookmarklets, Author controls etc.. which I am sure majority of WordPress Users don’t really use. So if you are one of them go ahead and add Clutter Free to your ever growing list of wordpress plugins.

Once you have activated Clutter Free you need to go the Users Sections and deselect all the options that you don’t need at the writing screen. Save the settings and Boom! as Steve Jobs would say your Compose screen now loads a tad faster.

  • Disable the Rich Text Editor

When it comes to the Rich Text Editor things are definitely easy for the average to publish a new post. But in case you are a power user like me then you would want to Disable the Rich Text Editor Screen that has some stupid bugs. You can’t easily the embed codes which sites like Youtube etc… provide. It also happens to be slow while loading so you could be losing a lot of time waiting for things to load. After all Time is Money.

I would put my money on the Simple Text Editor that is extremely powerful in terms of what it can do. To disable the Rich Text Editor follow these steps. Go to the Users Section in your admin. Scroll to the bottom and uncheck the option that Says “Use the visual rich editor when writing”. The only Downside is that you will have to learn some basic HTML before you can use the Rich Text Editor.

  • Make QuickTags Smarter

If you are long time WordPress user you will know how useful Quicktags really are. Just about anything is possible with Quicktags. The default WordPress install comes with a few quick tags like <strong>, <li>, <ul> etc.. But you might want to add a few more tags to this list so that you don’t have to repeatedly add those tags again while you are creating your post. I have some more tags in my Write screen like <span> which i regularly use.

If all the talk above sounded a little too geekish for you. Here is the simplified version of what you have to do. Just download the WP-AddQuickTag plugin and install it. Select Add Quicktags under the options menu and add the all the tags that you wish to include. And ofcourse you need to have the Rich Text Editor disabled to make Quicktags work for you.

  • Install Greasemonkey

If you are a Firefox User you definately should install Greasemonkey and also install the following Userscripts that can improve your Workflow.

  • Akismet Auntie Spam
  • Reskins the Akismet spambox page for WordPress admins. Download all spam at once, compress spam to make it more scanable and completely compresses obvious spam. Turns checking spam into a 10 minute per week activity.

  • Inline MP3 Player
  • Adds an inline WordPress mp3 with Play and Pause controls to every link to an mp3 file.

  • Install WP-Admin Tiger 3.0

The default layout of the WordPress Admin can be confusing at times. It shows all signs of being extremely cluttered. You have to click through a maze of buttons to do something, and the most important thing surely is that it is not really good to look at. Incase you are one of those who have got bored of the default layout for WordPress Admin then its time for you to download WP-Admin Tiger 3 that completely changes the look and feel of the WordPress admin.

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Michael from Pro Blog Design August 28, 2007 at 1:40 am

Thanks for the tips, I’ll be trying out the Akisment spam script. Sounds like it could be very useful.

I like the admin layout in Wordpress though. It’s clean, and you know where everything is (Bar the odd plugin that insists in putting itself somewhere strange…). Each to his own I guess. :)


Leon August 28, 2007 at 5:06 pm

Thanks for the info. I switched from Blogger to my own domain this month, so this helps.


Karthik Kastury August 29, 2007 at 6:06 am

all the very best to you in your future blogging. You have taken a step in the right direction by getting your own domain name..


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