WordPress has a very elegant WYSIWG (What You See Is What You Get) editor that makes it easy to format text in WordPress posts and pages. All of your formatting options reside in the bar above the main text area. If there is only one line of icons showing up, then you need to click on the button Show Kitchen Sink (this looks like a rectangle on top of a taller rectangle full of lots of little squares) to see the full amount of options available for editing your text.
- The visual editor view. You will spend most of your time in this view.
- The HTML editor view. Only use this view if you have a good understanding of programming for web.
- You can Bold (ctrl/cmd-b), Italicise (ctrl/cmd-i), Underline (ctrl/cmd-u) change the colour of your text or Strikethrough your text just like you would in word.
- Create a Bullet List, a Numbered List or create a Block Quote. A Block Quote will indent the text, moving it away from the main body text.
- You can align your text left, centre and right.
- By tapping on the Omega icon you will see a pop up menu that allows you to pick from special characters such as accents.
- You can select your language by clicking on the ABC icon and selecting your dictionary/language from the drop down menu.
- You can enter a fullscreen mode that allows you to work without any distracting fields by clicking on the 4 arrows pointing out icon. When on this mode, you can find more tools or exit by simply moving your cursor to the top of the page which will bring a pop up window.
- The kitchen sink is the term for the full two bars of formatting options. If only one is displaying, click on this icon to expand the second row. If you only want the top row, click on it again and it will condense back to a single row.
- Remember to use the paragraph and heading style (found under Format) to keep clear heading and body copy structure within your page. These align with the style set up in the style sheet and keep clear hierarchy in your pages and content. If you are not sure of which heading or paragraph style to use, refer to your site specific documentation. However as a quick note, Heading 1 is generally reserved for company names and logos, Heading 2 is for page titles, Heading 3 is for content titles and Heading 4 is for any other titles or subtitles.
- If you are pasting in from Word, make sure you use the Paste from Word option in the kitchen sink. This will remove any additional formatting Word may have tried to stow away in your copy.
- The little eraser icon will erase any formatting from selected text.
- Text can be Indented and Outdented using the two icons on the right of the omega icon.
- Undo (ctrl/cmd-z) and Redo are represented by two arrows and can clear up any mistakes.
- If you need further help, the question mark icon will open a help screen overlaying your post/page editing screen with some formatting basics, hotkeys and troubleshooting options.
- Shortcodes (site specific) can be found under an icon that looks like a wand with pink and green mist, simply select the short code you need from the dropdown menu.
A rule can be entered to separate content on the site using the <hr /> tag. This must be placed into the html view and not the visual view of the text area.