Making WordPress Easier To Use

Writing Content:

Styling Content as You Write

Shortcodes Ultimate

 Shortcodes Ultimate  has a highlighter shortcode and I could use it seeing as how I already have the plugin installed for its private in post admin notes; but I don’t like having to remember a shortcode — and I don’t have my own editor “notes panel” on the toolbar of the Gutenberg editor (yet) to remind me of the short code option so I’d usually forget to highlight things without a visual cue to remind me that the tool exists. IMO shortcodes are for people who think in code so I’d like to find an “in editor” highlighter styles plugin.

Refined Visual Design Without Changing Themes: WordPress Plugins to Soup Up Your Content’s Appearance Making Your Website More Polished and Visually Appealing

— A Credibility Tactic —

A clean and polished “professional” look adds an impression of credibility because it implies that your business pays attention to quality and modern standards of how professionals present themselves.

<Ninja Tables> Makes Tables Look Good

I make comparison tables frequently when trying to decide which plugins to use.

Gutenberg Block Collections — These Are The Great Ones

There are many different plugins offering unique gutenberg blocks some of which can be great for improving the visual style of your content.

I’d recommend that you explore My Favorite Gutenberg Blocks in which I test a bunch of gutenberg block plugins to see which ones provide the best blocks for business & marketing based on the styling and features they provide. These are the blocks that I use on my site after having tested most of the free gutenberg block plugins available.

In fact, most of what you can do to improve the front end visuals of your site without changing to a new theme involves styling content post by post using blocks and templates. So most of the value I’m trying to provide in this section will action be found by you going to My Favorite Gutenberg Blocks.

Make Forms Look Snazzy with OrbitFox’s Content Forms.

Develop Content with Private Notes for Administrators Only.

The admin notes are embedded into your posts wherever new ideas are growing.

There are two kinds of administrative notes you can see on your posts and pages. #1 is visible inside the page editor so you’ll see it on the right side of the screen in your document tabs when editing a post. This is particularly useful if I want to develop an article in the future but don’t have the time to do it now. I’ll simply make a note about what I want the do with the article in the future, or what I see it’s planned purpose being. I might notate organizational connections as well such as “This a delivery page for X optin offer” or “Build an opt-in offer traffic gate for this page”.

Remember Your Posts’ Purpose, Future Plans, and Other Notes or Details with <Peter’s Post Notes>

My favorite plugin for this kind of post note or page note (custom post types as well) is <Peter’s Post Notes> — great free plugin and I highly recommend it. With it you can insert administrative notes on the right side of any post or page (so admins like you will see them if you go to edit a post).

BONUS FEATURE: <Peter’s Post Notes> plugin also allows you to have a “General Notes” widget on your WP admin dashboard — I use this as “Site Development Notes” to display my website’s to do list, or if on a client’s website it would be our plans for developing the client’s site (this the client would also see if they log into their WordPress admin).

Hidden Content (for Administrators Only) Inside Any Post or Page with <Shortcodes Ultimate>

You can also insert administrative notes directly into content so if you read an article you will see secret paragraphs which only users who are administrators can see (this is dangerous in its default state because there is no indication that what you’re reading is for administrators only (so if you do use the “in content” administrator notes function you might want to mark your notes with some style change so you know that it’s an admin not and not visible to normal readers. I do this using curly brackets { and } where I know the word “and” is an administrative note because it’s within the curly brackets.

You can use hidden notes like this when you write your articles and pages so that you can publish them and keep your future-draft ideas embedded within the flow of the document. I do this with Shortcodes Ultimate. After taking a look at it you might feel like it has a lot of other features, some of them turn out to be quite handy which is why I haven’t gone out of my way to find a different “private in editor notes” plugin.

Remember, no matter which type of admin notes you use, the two solutions above are NOT user specific and your notes will be visible to any admin user (such as your client if it’s their website).

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