WordPress, crafted specifically to publish content online, has a solid track record backed by many publishing giants including CNN and NYTimes, as a versatile open source platform for publishing content. As a publisher of content, you can find many customizable and dead simple, yet super useful features inside WordPress. To make your experience even better, thousands of individuals around the world have dedicated their time to add extra spice to the WordPress code. Following lists 10 most wanted WordPress hacks to make your publishing experience at WordPress even better.
1. Adding Author Bio on Every Post
This is a great WordPress hack for multi-authored blogs. Visitors would find it quiet disturbing if they have to check the ‘about me’ section for every different post in your multi authored blog, to know who the author of a particular post is. With this hack, you can display the bio information of a particular author, below a post, without having to worry about using separate plug-ins. Here is the link to this cool WordPress hack. http://wphacks.com/how-to-add-bio-info-to-wordpress-posts/
2. Highlighting Authors Comments in WordPress
Highlighting author’s comments in the comment section helps to distinguish between author’s opinions and those of the readers. Visitors can easily scan the comment section to find the comments made specifically by the author. With few simple lines of coding you can achieve this effect, with out using any plug-in. This pretty useful WordPress hack can be found here.
3. Displaying Each WordPress Post as a Thumbnail in the Home Page.
Displaying each post as a thumbnail on the home page, with the title would help visitors to navigate easily between your posts. It is a clever structuring of your posts to get a wider readership. With WordPress you can achieve this easily. Here is a great tutorial for this. http://wpgarage.com/tips/giving-each-wordpress-post-a-thumbnail-and-display-the-thumbnail-on-the-home-page/
4. Using WordPress as a Content Management System
WordPress can be used as a complete content management system, enabling you to write and edit your posts easily, and add many web pages for your site as you need them. With thousands of WordPress plug-ins out there, this is an ideal CMS for your business. If you are wondering about using WordPress as a CMS here is a great tutorial for you. http://www.graphicdesignblog.co.uk/wordpress-as-a-cms-content-management-system/
5. How to Use a Custom Page as a Home Page
This is something many WordPress users are curious about. You can use any custom page you want as the home page of your site with few simple lines of code. You can customize that page, by changing templates and styling. Here is a descriptive article about turning a custom page into the homepage in WordPress. http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/55-most-wanted-wordpress-tips-tricks-and-hacks/
6. Add a Favicon to Your Blog
Adding a favicon helps you bring a specific identity to your blog. You can add a favicon by adding the favicon code in the header.php file or by adding few lines of code to the functions.php file. Here is a link to a guided tutorial on this. http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/25-extremely-useful-tricks-for-the-wordpress-functions-file/
7. Change the Footer in WordPress Admin Panel
Most of the free or custom WordPress themes come with footers, that you most probably don’t want to have in your site. Although some theme-makers insist on leaving such footers intact if you are using free versions, some themes are free to be modified and customized. You can customize the footer of your website pretty easily with introducing few extra lines into functions.php. Here is a great tutorial on this. http://www.wprecipes.com/wordpress-tip-how-to-change-the-dashboard-footer-text
8. Adding Your Own Meta Copyright to WordPress Blog
Meta copyright tag is typically used to include copyrights, trademarks and patents etc. related to an intellectual property, such as your own article. By default, WordPress does not add Meta copyright tags in html files. However by adding few simple lines of code to functions.php you can add the copyright tag easily. Here is a guide explaining the process, along with the required code. http://www.wprecipes.com/how-to-add-your-own-meta-copyright-to-your-wordpress-blog
9. Enable Threaded Comments in WordPress
Threaded comments enable you to connect and interact with the readers easily. They make it easier to track specific replies to specific queries. Conversations can be controlled, by setting the number of allowed levels in the threads. This is a nifty feature for the theme developers as well. With the following code you can enable threaded comments without cluttering the header.php. http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/25-extremely-useful-tricks-for-the-wordpress-functions-file/
10. Creating a Custom Login Page
Customizing the WordPress login page to match your website branding is pretty appealing. Without sacrificing much time and effort you can make your own custom login page for your WordPress site. Here is a very good tutorial related to this topic. http://www.binarymoon.co.uk/2007/07/wordpress-tips-and-tricks-custom-login-page/