WordPress is a popular choice for a business website CMS. WordPress, although my favorite, has a few quirks. I think most WordPress users would agree that some of its functionalities operate in a less than favorable fashion. Here are a few WordPress formatting tips that you may find handy while posting your content.
Paragraph breaks and blank lines
If you use visual editor, pressing ‘return’ will give you a line break and a blank line. You need to press ‘shift-return’ if you need only a line break.
In HTML editor, you will get a line break by pressing return once and a line break plus a blank line if you press return twice. Pressing return repeatedly will not give you additional blank space between paragraphs, as multiple line breaks is not HTML web standard. For additional space, you can either use a code between two paragraphs or you can apply padding. Padding can be applied above, below or both above and below a paragraph. Similarly, if you want additional space above and below an image, you will have to make a small addition to the image code for it.
Articles that go on forever are neither uncommon nor pretty on one page. Breaking up your article into multiple pages can solve this problem. All you need to do is type < !–nextpage– > in the code view. You can enter the ‘next page’ tag at any place you think appropriate to start a new page.
Investing some time in understanding code view can prove beneficial. You may be satisfied with visual editor, and think that understanding code view is wasted effort. But after a point, visual editor can be very limiting. Once you understand code view, you may surprise yourself by using it every time you blog or update your personal or business website.