The WordPress Team has realized that Bloggers no longer have all the time in the world. Bloggers have to generate content, reply to comments, reply to emails, organize contests, control spam, maintain Alexa rank, Google PR and other rankings and plenty of other things to do. The solution? Quick Edit, Quick Reply and Quick Post and Dropdown Menu’s.
The latest WordPress incorporates Quick Reply, that lets the admin reply to comments from within WordPress. Quick Post is a twitter inspired micro-blogging tool from where short posts and updates can be made. The best thing is that the Admin can do all these without leaving the Dashboard!
The Quick Edit feature (under Manage>Posts) for posts is yet another time saver. Editing Title, Tags, Categories and Slug can be made without actually opening the post (see image one). Towards the right of the options is something that can boost your ace posts. There is a tick box which says, ‘Make this post sticky” (second image)
What are Sticky Posts?
Sticky posts are those posts that actually stick to the home page. Usually when new posts are added the older ones are taken down automatically, but not with sticky posts. A post once made sticky will stick to the top of the posts, i.e. it will be the first post no matter how many posts are posted after that.
To make a post ‘Sticky’, go to Manage>Posts and hover over the post. Now the Quick links will appear. Click Quick edit and tick the selection box (see second image). Now click Update post.
When to use Sticky Posts?
Projecting Ace posts: Sticky posts can be used to put your Ace posts on the homepage for a longer time so that every visitor will see them. Ace posts would be the best posts in your blog and if a reader finds it interesting he will subscribe to your blog and keep coming back.
Making Announcements: You can use sticky posts to make announcements. Like you are having a contest and you can keep the announcing post on the homepage till the contest ends. Once the contest is over, de-select the tick box in the second image and make the post non-sticky. (A contest will happen here within a week, so stay tuned)
Display Your Best Posts: You can make a linked list of your best posts and publish it. That list can act as a Quick Start Guide for new Readers who have missed the old posts. You can make this post sticky. Make sure that you have included only the Ace posts in the list. If a reader is interested in your niche, he will check out the posts and will keep coming back for more. I have a Quick Start Guide here with the best posts from my blogger blog. Check it out.
Can you think of any more applications for Sticky Posts? Share it in comments and I will include them in the post.