Lesson Two-How to use the Tools section of your WordPress blog

In the last lesson, I shared how you can beautify your newly created WordPress blog and I hope you must have gone through some of those options to improve the appearance of your blog. In this blog post, we will learn about the ‘Tools’ section. You can find this link tab on the left-hand side of your dashboard after login (as shown in the image below).

Tools

Under the ‘Tools’ tab, you will find a few more options which I have explained below:

First Option: Available Tools

The first option under the Tools tab is ‘Available Tools’.Under this link, you will find 4 sub-links mainly ‘Press This’, ‘Categories and Tags Converter’, ‘Post by Mail’ & ‘Website Verification Services. Let’s talk about these features one by one:

a. Press This

This option lets you install an application in your bookmark bar through which you can copy and paste texts, images, and videos directly into your WordPress post to further edit or add more to it. This tool is helpful in saving your time copying and pasting using different tabs of browsers. If you are a blogger who writes on topics based on ideas & facts from various sources, then this tool is perfect for you.

b. Categories and Tags Converter

Through this link, you can convert your categories to tags or vice versa. You will find this option in the section of “Import” as shown in the image below.

categories and tags converter

c. Post by Mail

Using this tool you can post & publish blog posts through emails only. This is particularly helpful when you invite other bloggers to write for your blog and don’t want them to create accounts on your blog. Using this tool, other bloggers can simply send their stuff through email and those posts will be published on your blog without creating an account for them. How to do this? Just visit the link http://yourblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin/index.php?page=my-blogs and create the email IDs through which you want the blogs to be posted. It’s as simple as that!

d. Website Verification Services

This tool is helpful to prove your blog ownership for the purpose of various services like Google Webmaster Tool, Bing Webmaster Center, etc. for SEO purposes. When you try to create a webmaster account with Google and Bing, they usually provide you with a meta tag to incorporate on your website or blog which you may put using this tool and verify your ownership. Once you prove the ownership, search engines start to gather the information and statistical details of your blog which could be helpful for you to promote your blog.

Second Option: Import

This section is helpful in importing blog posts, feedback, and pages from other blogging platforms such as Blogger, LiveJournal, Tumblr, Yahoo! 360, etc. At any given point of time during your blogging experience, you may wish to switch from any other blogging platform to WordPress, in that case, you may import all of your posts, comments, etc. from your old account to the new one which helps you to retain your built credibility in the blogging community.

Third Option: Delete Site

If you’ve hosted the blog on your own server and wish to delete the website/blog at any given point in time, you may do that using this link. This will delete your website completely however your blog will still be available at the WordPress URL like http://yourblogname.wordpress.com. Before deleting your website, you must consult your SEO consultant because doing so may affect your online business.

Fourth Option: Export

You may use this link to export your blog posts to any other blogging platform like Blogger, Tumblr, LiveJournal, etc. Like the import option, you may export your pages, posts, and comments to any other platform.

Now, we are done with the ‘Tools’ section and I hope you really enjoyed reading this blog post. I shall come up with the next lesson very soon, Enjoy!