WordPress Post Writing Advanced Features

by roshi on September 29, 2007

in Blogging

New bloggers find some difficulties sometimes for these expert mode posting facilities offered by wordpress. I thought that we might share information relating to Slug, Drafts, Excerpt, Trackback, Permalinks, Pings, Time stamps to know these powerful features in detail.

What is post slug

To set the name of the post to be used in the permalinks use post slug feature. The name can include only numbers, letters and hyphens. This is where WordPress will “clean up” your post title to create a link, if you are using Permalinks. The commas, quotes, apostrophes, and other non-HTML favorable characters are changed and a dash is put between each word. If your title is “My Site – Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid”, it will be cleaned up to be “my-site-heres-lookin-at-you-kid” as the title. You can manually change this, maybe shortening it to “my-site-lookin-at-you-kid”.

Your Drafts

Drafts are posts that have been saved rather than published. If you have posts you have written and saved, thereby creating a Draft, they will be listed above the Write Post title. Click on the title link to open that posts’ Write Post edit screen, edit the post, and when you are ready, click Publish and it will be released to your site and to the world.


An Excerpt is a summary or brief teaser of your posts featured on the front page of your site as well as on the category, archives, and search non-single post pages. WordPress handles Post Excerpts in two ways. One is by an explicit excerpt and the other is through the use of the Quicktag button more. If you want to have a summary of the post show, rather than the first paragraph or so, write the summary of your post in the excerpt field. If you have changed the index.php template file to display the Excerpt instead of the full Content of a post, WordPress will automatically use the first 55 words of your post as the Excerpt or up until the use of the More Quicktag mark. If you use an Explicit Excerpt, this will be used no matter what.

Send Trackbacks To

Trackbacks let other blogs know you’ve referenced one of their articles. To send trackbacks from this post, enter the URI or website addresses in the box, separating each one by a space.

Edit Time Stamp

By default, at the time the post is saved, that will be the date and time of the post within the database. To change this, click the checkbox and change the date and time information. All posts dated in the future will not appear on the site until that time has passed. If you wish to write posts that will automatically appear on your schedule, set the date and time here.


Permalinks are the permanent URLs to your individual weblog posts, as well as categories and other lists of weblog postings. A permalink is what another weblogger will use to refer to your article (or section), or how you might send a link to your story in an e-mail message. Especially when they are used to link to individual postings, once a story is posted, the URL to it should be permanent, and never change. Hence.. permalink.

More details can be found at WordPress Docs Section

Tips and Information about these from expert readers will be appreciated.

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