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5 Lesser Known Cool Features of WordPress: Image Editor, Revision History, Playlists and more

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WordPress is one of those web applications which have a manageable amount of features, unlike some other CMS systems which have so many features, that you may never use them in your lifetime.  The feature rich WordPress CMS has features to increase efficiency and reduce your time spent in trying to understand the set of tools that you are going to be using to update your website. This article explains some of the lesser known features of WordPress which can make your work twice as easy. If you knew these features, you can call yourself experienced. If you didn’t, now you know them and can call yourself well read.

Image Editor

WordPress features an inbuilt image editor which allows you to perform basic functions with your images that you upload in WordPress to be used in posts and pages. The image editor is far from Photoshop, but has all the basic tools that you would need to smoothly carry out updates to your website. You can crop, re-size (scale), rename, rotate and flip your images in a jiffy. The best part about this feature is that you can restore your original image and forget all changes, in a single click. This is more than sufficient for a daily blogger who is always on the run.

Revision History

Every WordPress post and page allows you to browse through the changes you have made and allows you to revert the post or page back to a previous version. All this happens in a quick and simple way in just three steps. Click on the Browse option next to Revisions, select two versions to compare the differences and then just select the version you want to revert to. In an instant your article will be time-warped and will go back into the past. Its an ideal option for newbies and also for experts who write a lot of articles each day.

Drag and Drop Files to Upload

A new feature in WordPress allows you to drag and drop images, videos, music and other media files onto the post or page that you want to add them to. You don’t need to do any browsing or clicking to upload the media content. Simply drag the selected files and drop them over the open article window. The article window will indicate the upload by changing colour. As soon as you drop the files, the upload will begin, showing you the upload progress.

Audio and Video Playlists

Making image galleries in WordPress is a cakewalk. Making audio or video playlists is as simple. The video playlist will allow you to select multiple videos and group them together in a single playlist, so that you can display the list in a post or page. When a user clicks on the video name, the common video area will display the video. The same applies to music and audio playlists. When a visitor clicks on the audio piece, the track will start playing and the audio controls will be visible above the playlist.

Update Pings

So you want to announce to everyone that you have made an update to your website? WordPress allows you to do that automatically using the Update Services option in the Settings. The WordPress support site describes this feature as follows:

“WordPress automatically notifies popular Update Services that you’ve updated your blog by sending a XML-RPC ping each time you create or update a post. In turn, Update Services process the ping and updates their proprietary indices with your update. Now people browsing sites like Technorati or Sphere can find your most recent posts!”

Isn’t that great? Now you don’t need to keep putting out notifications and waiting for people to notice the changes. If they use any of these services, they will automatically be notified that your blog is being actively improved.

Theres so much more that you can do with WordPress, it just doesn’t fit into one article. Get your own WordPress blog and invest some time and effort to learn it. You will definitely not regret it.

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