WYSIWYG is an acronym for ‘what you see is what you get. It is the best way to craft content before you save your post. This editor is powerful, with many buttons and options for writing your content. Most of the options are familiar, especially if you know how to use a Word Processor like, Microsoft Word. You will find options like italic, bulleted list style, and bold. Well, these options are stored as HTML elements as H1, blockquote, and other technical terms. Let us delve into how to use the WordPress WYSIWYG editor:
The WordPress editor is accessible from your dashboard/admin page. When blogging, you open the dashboard, go to ‘posts’ then ‘add new’ for you to be able to see the WordPress WYSIWYG Editor. As aforementioned, there are many options to choose from, for instance,
• Content view switcher
• Bulleted list
To see all the options that you have, you can glide your mouse over the area just below ‘enter title here’, beginning with ‘add media’ or ‘upload/insert’. You will see the tool area, similar to Microsoft Word. There are options like ‘B’ (bold), and ‘I’ (Italic). To access more options, you need to Toggle Kitchen Sink. To do this, gloss your mouse over the tools already available until you reach ‘toolbar toggle’. Click this. Another row will appear below the toolbar, allowing you access to more options like:
Style drop down (allowing you to format headings, paragraphs and other block-level elements)
• Text color
• Paste as text
• Paste from word
• Remove formatting
The best way to understand how these options work really is to try them out. All the same, let us highlight some of the areas that may prove challenging, and those that may not apply to all WordPress WYSIWYG editors.
This option comes in handy when you want to show that a whole passage has been quoted from another source. The style depends on the theme used. Most themes use Italics. It is also indented and will have quotes around it.
This option is what you will use to insert links. To do this, highlight text and then click the link button. A small window opens, where you will enter a destination URL. There are other options like choosing whether to open the link in a new window. You can also choose to link to another page on your own site. A good link example would be the ‘contact us’ link on the home page. This should open the ‘contacts’ page on your site once a user clicks on it.
This button helps you to remove a link. To use it, highlight the link or place the cursor within the link and click the button.
The ‘more’ break:
This option allows you to add a break your post into 2 sections. This button will not work if your WordPress theme displays the entire post by default on category landing pages. If it works on your theme, users can click the ‘read more’ button to access the rest of the content.
All in All:
As you can see, using the WordPress WYSIWYG editor is not very challenging. The above guide should help you maximize the tools offered.
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