Important WordPress Features For You And Your Readers

By | May 10, 2012


There are so many outstanding and unique features that make WordPress very desirable to newcomers and super-techie types alike. This list should give you a pretty good idea of what you’ll be dealing with, but of course when you start working with WordPress you’ll discover other features for yourself because this list is by no means exhaustive.

WordPress Comments – This is a topic that generates considerable differences in opinion among bloggers and web designers. By default, WordPress allows visitors to your site to leave comments on individual posts. Also, through Trackback or Pingback their comments can appear can on their own sites as well. Naturally, you cannot control what anyone says in their comments on each individual post, but you can make a decision to enable or disable these comments on a per-post basis.

It is not appropriate to edit people’s comments without their permission, so your decision as the moderator is primarily to post or discard the comments. Spam comments will be trapped by Akismet if you have it installed on your WordPress site, and it’s a free plugin so there’s no reason to avoid it.

In some situations when WordPress is being used as a free-standing website and not as a blog attached to a website, it may be best to disable the comment function entirely. Although search engines are always looking for social interaction in the form of comments, the value those comments provide to search engines shouldn’t override the affect they have on human readers. That is the most important purpose of comments, enhancing the message and purpose of your WordPress site.

WordPress Pages – “Pages” are static, meaning they do not scroll or change the way regular WordPress blog posts do. They are usually not labeled with a date and time, and they allow you to manage basic content that you want to stay the same for all visitors to see. One example night be your “About” page on your WordPress site. Most people write an About page and choose to leave it alone until there is something significant to add. It can be built on the Pages option so that it stays where it is and just like it is until you decide to change it, which is also easy. Editing Pages is very simple.

WordPress Links –  If you have other websites or blogs, not necessarily hosted on WordPress, that inspire you and add credibility to your own site you may want to provide a list of links to those other sites. “Links” is a function that allows you to list and to automatically update any number of links to other sites.

This can provide a lively, vibrant interaction between yourself and other site owners who may, in turn, link their site to yours. In fact, the possibility exists that you could provide content for other people’s sites and they could provide content for yours. WordPress gives you to ability to invite and manage multiple authors easily.

Multiple authors – WordPress’ opportunity for several people to write and post to one WordPress site is simple, yet very sophisticated.  An advanced user system allows up to ten levels of users, which means that at each level there is a corresponding set of privileges regarding publishing, editing and interacting with other users.

In other words, you, as the site owner, can control who is allowed to do exactly what on the site. You can give trusted people more authority to post and edit and new people the ability to write only, saving their work in draft format to be posted later by someone else, or yourself if you choose to have that responsibility.

Optional user registration – WordPress has a built-in user registration system that you can choose to use or disable, at your discretion. Unlike designated authors, it controls who can comment. If you want to limit spam comments you require people to register and also maintain profiles in order to post authenticated comments on your blog. That means comments are essentially closed to non-registered users. To make your site even more targeted, you can select from several plugins that will hide posts from users to whom you choose to deny access.

Password Protected Posts – The ultimate in readership control is available by requiring a password for individual posts. That way, the public cannot see the post at all, and unless an individual has the password, he or she cannot read the post. Each author can also have a password allowing him or her to read only self-written posts.

It’s easy to see why so many bloggers and website owners choose WordPress for its unique levels of sharing and hiding that may be desired from time to time. Whatever you need, WordPress can supply it.