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Less known options for WordPress pages and posts – Screen Options

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You can customize WordPress pages and posts through the administration interface using the Screen Options button at the top right of almost every page of the WordPress back office.

By default, the management interface of WordPress pages and articles is enough to create a new post or a new page. But it is possible to push a little further the functionality of these interfaces by going to Screen Options.

To see what the Screen Options menu can offer us, just click on it.

This menu will not be the same for everyone, depending on the plugins you have installed.


Excerpt is an optional description of a post. By default, WordPress will come to use the first 55 words in excerpt. The automation is good, but come take care of it to have better results in hits.

Most themes will manage the default display of the first words of your article …. if you do not use excerpt. We need only indicate an excerpt in our article and save it for the excerpt is taken into account on the category page. This way it becomes at once more engaging for your readers.

I think that this option is one of the few that should not be hidden by default.

Send Trackbacks

Trackbacks are one way to tell a blog that there is a link to it. But you must have the trackback address for this post and not just the URL. Since pingbacks have appeared. It make a link in your article, and WordPress will forward the message to the interested … if it supports this course protocol.

Unless you think you need, this option can remain as it was previously, hidden.

Custom Fields

View custom fields may be necessary or completely superfluous, everything depends on your WordPress installation, your themes and hacks.

Custom fields have long been popular with creative themes before the arrival of customs post types.

Refer to the documentation of your theme to see if this section is useful to you or not.


This is a duplicate functionality  in the basic installation of WordPress. Slug helps to change the URL of the post, something that is quite possible to do by clicking Edit at the title of the post or page.


You wondered how to close the comments on a WordPress post or page? No need for a plugin. Actually, simply activate it from the Screen Options menu.


When a page has success, manage comments is sometimes difficult. So you can choose to respond to your comments directly from the front office of your site, as a classic surfer.

You can also choose to manage them directly from the post in the back office. You can this way edit all comments and reply easily.


Depending on requirements, it can be interesting to change the author of a post, that you are required to write content for a client, replacing a friend, etc. Anyway, here it is where it happens.

We said in the introduction that the Screen Options menu will not be exactly the same for all, it depends on the installed plugins. However, we can use this menu differently. Rather than add elements to the environment, we will subtract.

Indeed, when you install a plugin you will end up with new items to complete in the page creation or post interface. You can choose not to display these elements in your interface without uninstalling the plugin. Go to the Screen Options and disable it. The plugin section disappears from the WordPress post or page management screen.

It must be said, though some of these options are hidden, it is not for nothing. With rare exceptions, such as for the excerpt and reviews, these options are used or not based on your needs.

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