4 Hidden WordPress Features That Are unknown to Many

You might already have used WordPress for a long time and get the hang of it. Well, here are 4 hidden WordPress features for you to maximize your WordPress blog and get the most out of it.

1. Turn off post revision

One of the new feature in WordPress 2.6 is the post revision. This is a great feature that does a version control for all your posts. At any point of time, you can see what was changed in the post, by whom and when and revert back to the previous post if necessary. For a multi-authors blog, this is a splendid feature, but for single user, this could possibly lead to many duplicate of the same post that junk up your database.

By default, the post revisioning feature is turned ON by default and there is no options to turn it off in the Admin menu. To disable it, you have to download your wp-config.php file from the server (using any FTP program), add the following line:

after the line define ('WPLANG', '');

Now if you want to keep the post revisioning feature, but limit the number of revision copy, you can paste this line instead

and replace the no_of_revision by the no of revision copy you want to keep.

Now, don’t forget to save the file and upload it back to your server.

2) Configuring secret keys

WordPress 2.6 includes three secret keys AUTH_KEY, SECURE_AUTH_KEY, and LOGGED_IN_KEY to make your login session more secure and more difficult for hacker to crack.

Similarly, there is no way to add this in the Admin menu. You have to configure it via the wp-config.php file.

Open up your wp-config.php (Assuming you are using WordPress 2.6 and have downloaded the file from your server), you should see the following three lines:

Now, go to http://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/. You should see the same three lines of code with a random weird string in the place of ‘put your unique phrase here‘.


Copy the three lines from the site and replace the same three lines of code on the wp-config.php.

Save and upload the wp-config.php to your server.

(If you are using WP2.5, you will only see one line define(‘SECRET_KEY’, ‘put your unique phrase here’);. You can get the unique SECRET_KEY from http://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.0/)

3) Split long post into two or more pages

Sometimes you have written a long post and it become very lengthy and uncomfortable for your reader to read. What you can do is to split it into several short posts. To do it, simply add a

to the part of the post that you want to split.

To show the pagination at the bottom of the post, insert the line

to your theme single.php after the line  <?php the_content('read more ...'); ? >

4) Add a thumbnail for each post

Have you ever wondered how others manage to embed a thumbnail for every single post? Well, you can simply do it by adding a custom field into your post.

wp-custom-fieldIn your WordPress Write section, scroll down to find ‘Custom Fields‘. Click on it to reveal the input fields. Under the Key, type ‘thumbnail‘. Under the value, type the URL of the thumbnail image that you want to embed. Click ‘Add Custom Field‘.

To display the thumbnail on your blog, you can query it by inserting the following line to your wp theme.

Damien Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.


  1. Dear Sir,

    this article is just what I was looking for! Thank you very much for this great article and sharing!!

    Happy New Year :razz:

  2. Hi, could you please give me more info. You said at the end of the article to query this:

    <img src=”ID, ‘thumbnail’, true); ?>” alt=”” width=”80? height=”80? />

    What do you mean by that phrase?

    I installed the plugin, the specific category goes to Latest Reviews tab as you can see in start page of my blog. I made the thumbnails (to specific pixel width). Uploaded and added them as custom thumbnails fields in the specific posts. But it doesn’t show the images. I have stuck in this query thing.

    Tried also to embed the above code to sidebar.php of theme, but with no success! Any help would be appreciated. Thanks for your time and sharing knowledge.

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