8 Things You May Not Know You Can Do On The Posts Page Of A WordPress Blog

WordPress Blogging Tips

Have you ever noticed the three horizontal dots next to each of your blog posts and wondered what they are for? 

These three dots are known by numerous names, my favourite being a ‘Meatball Menu.’

“Not sure what I’m referring too? Here’s a screenshot pointing out the meatball menus. 

The Meatball Menu

But what happens when you click on a meatball menu? This –

The Kebab Menu

The three horizontal dots change to three vertical dots (known as a Kebab Menu), and eight options appear. 

Let’s investigate each option. 

Edit

  • Click this button to edit or update a post. Don’t forget to press the Update button to save any changes you make. 

View

  • This button does so much more than just show you a preview of your post. It also shows a preview of the post as it appears on a desktop computer, tablet and phone. 
The View Option
  • And if you click on the Search & Social button, you’ll also to be able to preview your post as it will appear on Facebook, Twitter, and as a Google search. 
  • I recommend you always preview your post first to ensure that it’s mobile-friendly, especially given that the majority of people view blog posts on tablets and phones. 

Stats

  • Click this button to check the latest daily, weekly, monthly and yearly stats of a post. 
  • You’ll also be able to view which other bloggers have pressed the ‘like’ button on the post. 

 

View who has liked a post
  • Hover your mouse over any of the profile icons to display the name of that blogger’s blog.
  • However, a name will only appear if they have a WordPress.Com blog. It does not work for self-hosted blogs.
  • Click on an icon to view a list of all the blog posts of that blogger, how many followers they have, and a follow button (WordPress.Com bloggers only).
  • If you’re already following them, the ‘follow’ button will be replaced with the word ‘following.’ 

 

View more details of a blog
  • Press the Settings icon (under the follow button) to display and set notifications settings for that blog. 
Notification settings

Comments

  • Along the top, you can view the following information for a post. 
  • How many comments it has received.
  • How many comments are pending (waiting for approval).
  • How many comments have been approved.
  • How many comments you or WordPress has marked as spam.
  • How many comments you sent to the trash bin.
  • Your replies to comments also show on this page.
  • You can also sort comments out by newest first and oldest first.

There is also a ‘bulk edit‘ button that allows you to perform a command (approve, unapprove, send to spam, send to trash) with just one click. However, the ‘bulk edit’ is only done per page, so if you have lots of comments, you’ll need to bulk edit each page.

Sorting out the comments
  • You can also perform the following –
  • Approve a comment.
  • Mark and send a comment to the spam folder.
  • Send a comment to the trash bin.
  • Like a comment.
  • Edit a comment.
  • Reply to a comment.
Comment administration

To the right of each comment, is a ‘User Info‘ button. Clicking on this button reveals the following information. 

  • The name of the commenter’s WordPress blog. 
  • The commenter’s email address.
  • A link to their blog.
  • The I.P address of the commenter.

On the following image, I’ve blurred out the email and I.P address as this is personal information which should never be revealed on a blog post.

The User Info button

Did you notice something else in the above image? Did you see the ‘Block User‘ button? This is my most significant discovery when clicking on ‘User Info.’ If you press ‘Block User,’ any further comments from that user on any of your blog posts are sent directly to your WordPress trash folder. 


Share

  • This is a neat button which allows you to share details of the post to all the social media accounts you have connected to your WordPress blog. 
  • Click on the ‘Share Post‘ button to share the post.
The Social Media share button
  • The preview button displays how your post will look on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Tumblr.
  • You can also manage all your social media connections by clicking on ‘Manage Connections.’  

Copy Post

  • This is my favourite of all the options on the Kebab Menu.
  • Not only will clicking on this button duplicate your post, but the categories and tags of the post are also copied over. 
  • This is especially beneficial if you run a daily/weekly/monthly blog challenge, series, or promotional posts on your blog.
  • It’s saved me lots of time in not having to copy and paste or reenter links, images, text, tags, and categories. 
  • I also use the ‘copy post’ function for posts which have the same layout (such as my ‘Wordless Wednesday’ and ‘Flashback Friday’ posts). 
  • However, if you write excerpts for your blog posts, remember to change the excerpt before publishing the post. Otherwise, (as I discovered on one of my posts) the excerpt may not make sense. 

Copy Link

  • A link to the post is copied to the clipboard of the device you are using. You can then paste the link into an email, message, website, blog post, etc. 

Trash

  • Clicking this button will send your post to your trash folder.
  • If you click it by mistake, you can reinstate the post from the trash folder.

Let’s wrap things up

  • There are eight hidden options available to WordPress.Com users on the page that displays all their blog posts.
  • The options are hidden behind a menu known as a meatball menu.
  • When opened, the meatball menu opens up a kebab menu that lists all the options available.
  • Some of the options do exactly as they say on the can.
  • However, other options lead to lots more options and functions.
  • The comments option has an hidden ‘Block User‘ button – great for blocking comments from those you don’t want leaving comments anymore.
  • No need to copy and paste anymore – The copy option not only copies an existing blog post, it also copies over the categories and tags you have on that post.
  • It’s worth checking out all of the options, especially as some of them are time saving functions.

Have you ever used any of the options and functions behind the meatball and kebab menus?

If you have any questions regarding this post, please leave them in the comments section.

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  1. When you post tips like these, I often wonder where you find that information as I haven’t stumbled across it. Then I realize how functions and displays might be different between WordPress.com blogs and self-hosted ones (like mine). Or things differ based on the theme we all picked. In my case, for example, the “copy post” has changed into “clone post” a year or so ago. Good tip about not forgetting to change the excerpt! 🙂 I’m sure there are a few differences, but nevertheless, it was interesting to me to realize how many options there are within our list of posts!

    1. It’s one of the reasons why I add ‘WordPress Blog’ in the title of my blog posts now, Liesbet. I’ve no idea how menus look on self-hosted blogs, and I’m guessing they are different depending on which provider is used. Maybe I should put ‘does not apply to self-hosted blogs’ somewhere in the post? I may do that with future posts. The themes don’t matter as much, because if you’re a WordPress.Com user, you’ll see the same layout on the blog posts page. However, there are some functions not available (such as adding CSS code) depending on which WordPress plan you have.

      1. This stuff can be so confusing – they’re all WordPress blogs, yet there is different support and some formats are different as well. Would have been easier if they weren’t and it all looked and functioned the same! 🙂

        I wouldn’t say “Does not apply to self-hosted blogs,” Hugh, as it actually might look the same for some people. I don’t know either. If anything, I would add something like “layout, content, and format might differ on self-hosted blogs”.

  2. This post is chock-full of info Hugh … I have saved the link to come back to when my eyes and brain are fresh to read it more thoroughly. Thanks for all this info.

      1. After I read them more thoroughly, I’ll be sharing them with other bloggers who are still wading through the initial phase of the Block Editor. Hugh – I shared your tips on the Block Editor last year for those few brave souls like me who wanted to try it sooner rather than later (when forced to).

        1. Thank you, Linda. I’ve seen lots more evidence of more and more bloggers coming over to the Block editor, and many wondering what all the fuss was about in not wanting to move over. For those who want to remain with the Classic editor, there’s the Classic block. I’ve been playing with the Classic block, and it works great.

        2. One fellow blogger wrote a post last week saying that a Happiness Engineer gave her a tweak to bypass any changes, so she shared it. I think many people are thinking WordPress should not have picked this year which is already fraught with frustration. I sure am glad I switched over last year Hugh.

        3. Same here, Linda, I’m glad I made the switch early on. I remember seeing announcements from WordPress towards the end of 2018 that a new Block editor was coming. I first tried it out at the very beginning of 2019, so I’m pleased that WordPress warned all their users that changes were coming.

    1. This is a relatively new menu on WordPress, so I think it’ll benefit many bloggers Once they know it’s there). I was surprised by just how many different options and functions there were.

  3. Excellent post, Hugh. I use the Copy Post for my Friday “Serendipity Itineraries” post. It’s a wonderful time save, and I simply go into the Post settings on the right bar and update tags and such and the Featured Image prior to diving in to edit to transform it into the next week’s post. It is wonderful for consistency, and now at full speed with it, I can have a solid, and often large, amount of info, though able to craft it from the level of what has been updated rather than starting from scratch.

    You going through the Preview button to assure posts show up well on phones is a great piece of advice that is new that I welcome, and will add into my editing toolbox. Thanks much for this post, Hugh.

    1. Thank you, Jordan.

      It’s great to hear you’re already making great use of the ‘Copy Post’ function. Using it has saved me so much time.

      Although most WordPress themes are mobile-friendly, it’s still worth checking posts via the preview’ button from time to time. I also like how you can preview your post as it will appear on Google. I love these new menus that WordPress have given us all. I hope they introduce some more.

      1. You’re welcome, Hugh.

        When Blocks came out, I came up with all kinds of new expletives, though I have a concept, “Don’t waste trouble,” which Jodorowski’s takes up a notch with, “I made a diamond out of my misfortune.” When I was up against the Blocks wall initially, I simply paused with, “Ok, now you don’t know hoe to make the pencil touch the paper.” So, I took the week off from my expectation to issue my regular posts, and just stepped into the sandbox with it, worked to break it as it was breaking me. Together, we broke into, WOW how cool! No more copy and paste. I can just click and use the little arrows to move the whole paragraph up or down. Delete whole blocks without the multiple select and highlight and… And, the Reusable Blocks? Set up a Sponsor Footer and several others. Depending on the post, the promotion pieces/footer/ etc are now a snap. And, If I need to change them, I have a Master Copy of each in Drafts. Edit them, save, and voila, they all update accordingly. No more having to go through every post and do them one by one.

        Suffice it to say, I’m still in the sandbox with Blocks, though now it’s more of the, what can we do with this yellow bucket and blue shovel today. Nice to be thick in the learning curve of It, and allow it to influence my presentation accordingly. Little by little, with subtle movements And sometimes tectonic plate sized ones, Blocks is a joy to use, and I’ve only scratched the surface.

        1. Same here, Jordan. Although I started using the Block editor at the end of 2018, it was not until I told myself that I had to –

          1. Give it time
          2. Give it a chance
          3. Read and watch the WordPress tutorials on how to use it
          4. Not allow it to scare me.
          5. Embrace change.
          6. Remember that when I started blogging with WordPress, I had to learn how the Classic editor worked.
          7. Practice using it on a test/draft post…

          …that I got to like it and appreciated what WordPress was doing by introducing it to us all. However, like you, after nearly two years of using it, I’ve only scratched the surface too.

        2. Yes, excellent suggestions, and your synopsis is just what I did, play with it through the weekend until my fancy fingers did something accidentally, and then… hmmm that was cool, but whatever did I do? CMD-Z and watch what blinks. Go there and, OH look at those arrows. I’m peppering in the videos technique by technique. Comfortable with the not-knowing, and still getting things done.

          Thanks for the list. Excellent resource.

  4. Thank you Hugh, I do use several of these features as needed, but a few I wasn’t aware of– like the Search and Social button under View, where you can manage how your posts look on other platforms. Thanks for this 🙂 I also make good use of the copy post option, which helps keep things seamless from post to post, and I can still change the tags and categories as needed.

    1. Isn’t the copy post function great, Amanda? It’s saved me so much time using it. And I like how you can change some of the categories and tags if you need to. One week, I did forget to change the excerpt, so readers got an excerpt to a previous post. Lesson leant! I now make sure it’s the first thing I change

  5. Thanks Hugh, I knew about some of these and, like you, I love using the copy post function. I wasn’t aware of some of the others so I appreciate your efforts in showing us how they work. I definitely didn’t know the three dots were called meatballs and kebabs 🙂

    1. Me neither, Debbie. Isn’t that a great name for them? WordPress seems to be introducing these new menus around their platform. I’ve just noticed the meatball menu appear in the referrers’ section of my blog’s dashboard where you can mark certain referrers as spam.

  6. I didn’t know that about the stats. I keep up with comments via the little bell on the top right of my screen, but I may review some of those comment functions… Thanks for another useful post, for those of us too lazy – I mean busy – to go find out for ourselves. 🙂

    1. You’re welcome, Cathy. I’ve found that not all comments appear under the bell icon. It’s one of the reasons why I switched to using the meatball and kebab menus. They seem to all appear under those menus.

  7. You are always a fountain of information, Hugh. Since I’ve been blogging for only a year and a half, I always learn something new from you.

  8. These are such valuable tips, Hugh. I struggled to find the Copy a post-tool after I switched to the Gutenberg editor. Now I know how to easily achieve that. Thanks a lot!!

    1. You’re welcome, Erika. I think this menu is fairly new. I know there was a ‘copy post’ button on the old dashboard, but I can’t remember if it copied everything, including categories and tags of a post. However, now you know where exactly to find the ‘copy post’ button. I’ve used it several times, and it’s saved me a lot of time.

  9. Great post, Hugh! I had no idea about this menu. Now if you can tell me how to fix the fact that the Yoast SEO plugin doesn’t completely work with the block editor, I’d be forever grateful! It can no longer detect when I;ve put internal links, although they are clearly there. It also can not detect when I’ve used subheadings. I’m thinking of switching to something else, but have no idea what. Ha! Well, this comment certainly went off on a tangent….

    Michelle

    1. Thank you, Michelle.

      Am I right in thinking that your blog is self-hosted? I’m afraid I’m not clued up enough on how self-hosted blogs work, but one thing that came to mind is, are you using the latest Yoast SEO plugin, or is there some new update for it that you’ve not downloaded? If WordPress is your hosted platform, do you have the latest version? I’d also recommend you talk directly to whoever hosts your blog for you and report the problems you’re having to them. I’m sure they’ll be able to locate any bugs and fix them for you.

      Sorry I could not help on this one.

      1. Thanks so much for your suggestions, I will look at those things. Bluehost hosts my blog. I try to keep everything updated, but I should check to see if I have the latest Yoast plugin. I appreciate you allowing me to pick your brain!

    1. I think WordPress only introduced the meatball menu recently, Robbie. Last week, I also noticed that it appears against some of the referees on the dashboard of my blog. They seem to be introducing lots of new features which are really useful.
      I’m glad the post helped.
      Thank you.

  10. Hugh, I wasn’t aware of the ‘block’ function. I have comment moderation on my blog and everything else seems to find its way to spam, so I don’t think I’d have to use it, but nice to know it’s there. I was surprised to know that most people view on phones and tablets. I do check the formatting from time to time on my phone, but again, nice to know I can do it here. All good stuff, as usual. Thanks!

    1. Most of the themes on WordPress are now mobile-friendly, Suzanne. However, from time to time, it’s good to check that the theme you’re using is still working correctly. Sometimes, the developer of a theme will change something, and it can cause a few new bugs to appear.

      I moderate all comments too, so it’s unlikely I would use the ‘block user’ feature. However, for those that allow comments to appear straight away on posts, the ‘block user’ button will come in very handy.

  11. I never knew those three dots were called a kebab menu! I found the menu by accident; haven’t used it to the extent you have but I do like the copy function.

    1. Until I did some research for this post, I had no idea about the names of those menus either, Karen.

      The copy function is such a time-saver. No having to copy and paste everything across. Just one click of that button and everything is copied over. It’s already saved me heaps of time. I can now draft one of my Wordless Wednesday posts ready for publication in less than a couple of minutes. And my last Flashback Friday post took me no more than 5 minutes.

  12. Hugh, I’ve used most of the functions and options behind the meatball and kebab menus, except I didn’t know the menus are called meatball and kebab. Such fun menu names.

    1. I love the names of those menus too, Natalie. I had no idea they were known by those names, although my research also showed some other names by which they’re known by. Did you know about the ‘block user’ function? I had no idea it was there and had to ask WordPress exactly what it did.

      1. Don’t mention the word ‘block’ to me, Hugh 😉 Just at present, I would much prefer not to jump through hoops to access the old editor… I have enough on my plate without WP gremlins… 😉

        1. I guess it has an unfortunate name, Sue. I’m glad it does exactly as it says, though, and sends any comments from those you don’t want leaving comments straight to your trash bin. However, as I choose to moderate comments first, I can stop them before approving them. But if anybody leaves a nasty comment who has left comments before, I can block them from leaving anymore.

  13. Thanks Hugh, one to keep. How fascinating it would be to see how others truly see our blogs – peering at their phone while rattling along on the bus, or being interrupted by children or dogs, just when they trying to read something deep and meaningful we have written!

    1. Thanks, Janet. Most WordPress themes are mobile-friendly, but it’s always good to check from time to time to ensure everything is displaying as it should. I was quite surprised to discover that the majority of readers read blogs on mobile devices. I guess it’s the way of the world now.

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