WordPress Tools Menu

The WordPress Tools Menu

WordPress Tools - Export Screen.In this tutorial, you will learn about the WordPress Tools menu and how to use its various tools.

Refer to the following tutorials if you need help with this section:

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The WordPress Tools menu contains a number of subsections with useful tools designed to assist you with non-routine management tasks.

These include:

WordPress Tools menu.
WordPress Tools menu.

Let’s go through each of these WordPress Tools sections.

Available Tools

To access this section, log into your WordPress admin and select Tools > Available Tools from your main menu.

WordPress Tools Menu - Available Tools.
WordPress Tools Menu – Available Tools.

This brings you to the ‘Tools’ screen.

WordPress Tools menu - Tools screen.
The Tools screen.

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This section was designed to include useful tools and applications.

Over time, these tools were removed or integrated into the core WordPress software.

Currently, there is only one tool available in this section (see below), so this section may be removed in future versions of WordPress.

Categories and Tags Converter

This handy function lets you convert post categories into post tags and vice versa.

The tool itself is installed from the ‘Import’ section (see below).

For a detailed step-by-step tutorial, go here: How To Convert Post Categories Into Tags and Vice-Versa

Importing And Exporting Content In WordPress

See this section: How To Import And Export Content In WordPress

How To Export Content In WordPress

To learn how to export content in WordPress, see this tutorial: How To Export Content In WordPress

How To Import Content In WordPress

To learn how to import content in WordPress, see this tutorial: How To Import Content In WordPress

Site Health

Site Health is a tool that monitors the health of your site and notifies you of any issues or improvements to make. You can use this tool to check how your site is doing.

To access this tool, go to Tools > Site Health.

WordPress Tools menu - Site Health.
WordPress Tools menu – Site Health.

This brings up the Site Health screen.

This screen consists of two tabbed sections:

  • Status – This section checks your site configuration and notifies you of any items that require your attention. The colored circle at the top of the screen gives you a quick ‘at-a-glance’ indication of how healthy your site is (if there are any critical issues that need addressing, you will see a red circle).
  • Info – This section provides detailed information about the configuration of your site. Use this information if you experience issues with your site and need to get help from your web host or web developer.

Let’s take a brief look at each of these sections.

Status Screen

The site health check shows critical information about your WordPress configuration and lists items that require your attention.

WordPress Tools - Site Health screen.
Site Health screen – Site Health Status page.

When you visit the Status screen, WordPress runs a performance and security analysis that checks your site and gives you notifications and recommendations via collapsible notification tabs.

Click on a notification title and links to see more information about the issue and how to fix it or what to do about it.

Site Health Status screen - recommended improvements.
View recommended security and performance improvements for your site.

The bottom of the Site Health Status screen also includes a section showing you all the tests run by the tool that your site has passed.

Click on the Passed tests button to expand this section.

Site Health Status screen - Passed tests.
Click on the Passed tests button.

You can view a detailed list of all items with no issues detected. Click on the notification titles to expand or collapse items and follow the links under each item to learn more about the test.

Site Health Status screen - Passed tests.
See all the tests your site has passed.

Info Screen

This section provides you with detailed information about the configuration of your site and lets you easily export a list of all the information on the page.

Click on the title to expand (or collapse) each item and view more detailed information.

Site Health tool - Info screen.
Click on the Info link at the top of the Site Health tool screen to visit the Info page.

Click on the Copy site info to clipboard button to export a list of all the information on this page.

Site Health tool Info screen - Copy site to clipboard button.
Click the button to copy all the information on this page to your clipboard.

You can paste this information into a text file and save it to your device or paste it in an email if requested by your host, a support engineer, or your web/theme/plugin developer.

Site Health info details.
Paste your site info into a text file or email.

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The Site Health tool also adds a widget to your Dashboard, making it easier to check if there are any issues with your site when you log in.

WordPress Dashboard - Site Health widget.
WordPress displays the Site Health Status widget on your dashboard.

Managing WordPress User Data Requests

This tutorial has been moved to its own section here: How To Manage WordPress User Data Requests

Export Personal Data

To learn how to export personal data in WordPress, see this tutorial: How To Export Personal Data In WordPress

Erase Personal Data

To learn how to erase personal data in WordPress, see this tutorial: How To Erase Personal Data In WordPress

Additional Tools

If you install plugins on your site and can’t find the settings section for your newly installed plugin, try looking in the Tools menu. WordPress often assigns plugin settings to this section.

WordPress Tools - Additional menu items.
Can’t find settings for certain plugins? Check the WordPress Tools menu.

Congratulations! Now you know how to use the WordPress Tools menu.

WordPress Tools - Export Screen.
Learn how to use the WordPress Tools section.

To learn how to export and import content and comply with GDPR-related requests, see the tutorials below:

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