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.
But what happens when you click on a meatball menu? This –
The three horizontal dots change to three vertical dots (known as a Kebab Menu), and eight options appear.
Let’s investigate each option.
- Click this button to edit or update a post. Don’t forget to press the Update button to save any changes you make.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.’
- Press the Settings icon (under the follow button) to display and set notifications settings for that blog.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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 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.’
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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116 thoughts on “8 Things You May Not Know You Can Do On The Posts Page Of A WordPress Blog”
That’s great. I’m always happy to help.
Great tips! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 18, open until November 26.
Great info, Hugh. These posts are so helpful! I have a lot more reading to do over here now that WP switched me over.
Great to hear you’re trying out the Block editor, Diana. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers saying that they’re wondering what all the fuss was about when they didn’t want to try using it. I’ve seen many coming over to it. The more you use it, the more use you’ll get to it. And if you have any questions about using it, you know where to come.
WP switched me so I didn’t have a choice. And it’s not too bad. I can do the basics and am little by little learning the features. No, it’s not that bad. 😀
And remember that you don’t need to use all the Blocks. I only use about five of them and stick with them. However, if I find an interesting block along the way, then I may use it. Most people use just the paragraph and image block.
That’s me so far. But I’m not afraid to experiment when I need to. 🙂
Thanks for all the work you put into your post. Our Julie has chosen it to be featured in the next Blogger’s Pit Stop. Congratulations.
That’s wonderful news, thank you, Kathleen. Please pass my thanks to Julie.
Another great post with lots of useful tips, Hugh, thank you!
You’re welcome, Penny. I’m glad they’ve helped.
In case anyone hasn’t mentioned it lately, you’re a genius!
Ha! I enjoy sharing all this kind of information with you all, Aimer.
Great post Hugh. I’m sure it’s eye-opening for quite a few. It’s a bit different on self-hosted, of course, but same idea. 🙂 x
Yes, Liesbet mentioned to me about it being different for those on self-hosted platforms, Debby. She suggested I add a paragraph to future posts stating ‘layout, content, and format might differ on self-hosted blogs.’ I’m going to set up a reusable block with that sentence in it which will only take one-click to add to the post. Reusable blocks are so time-saving. I need to republish my post on them to remind readers how they work and how to set up one up.
Oh, that does sound like a helpful thing, a reusable blog for things you need to repeat on other blogs. No such thing for me yet on the ‘old editor’ LOL 🙂
Another big plus about the reusable block is that if you edit it (let’s say for changing the price of a book), the edit takes place on all the blog posts where the block has been used. So no having to update every single post one at a time. I’ll be sharing more details in my Flashback Friday post today.
That is a great bonus! I look forward to your follow up posts Hugh 🙂 xx
Sorry Hugh, I left a comment and then it asked me my wordpress account details and I no longer use that at all. So, hoping that your comment section will let me in via twitter. I found your post very informative and interesting. I came here via #seniorsalon. Cheers from Australia, Denyse.
Hi Denyse. Sorry about the problem in leaving a comment. I’ll need to check my settings because I thought I’d ticked a box that said anyone can leave a comment regardless of whether they’re on WordPress or not.
I’m so pleased you found this post so helpful. Thanks so much for coming over from Twitter and #seniorsalon to let me know.
Thank you for, yet another very informative and enjoyable post Hugh
You’re welcome. I’m glad it’s helped.