There is so much I wish I had known when I first started playing in WordPress! Long before I was ever brave enough to try code – not that long ago really! It has only been 5 years. That blows my mind (and my heart) wide open that as of 2015 it has only been 5 years! I simply decided I would master technology rather than feeling mastered by it and began the journey.
A favorite tip and a link
Below is a screenshot of the visual text editor I see as I write this post. Looks pretty straight forward, right? It is if you know what it does! The thing is, I didn’t have a full understanding of the power of this tool when I started with WordPress.
The very first thing I wish I had known about is the “clear formatting option” available when you copy and paste something into WordPress. Like this for example. I’m typing this in my google Drive and then I will copy and paste it into WordPress as a post. When I do that I will click on the clear formatting option which is the T in a clipboard on the second row of the Toolbar, pop in the content, edit and get it up to speed and format it! Formatting for any one who may or may not know is how you style the content of any document you are creating. How you make it look the way you want it to. The bold type, the italicized type and the underline are examples of formatting.
When I started I had no idea what that meant!! I thought I was good to go when I copied what I had created in Word or OneNote and pasted it into WordPress. Not so much!! There was some de-formatting necessary. Now the clear formatting option and the eraser next to it are a couple of my best friends and the answers to a ton of questions that would have been so easily answered with that one simple piece of information! I did not have the languaging to ask.
The eraser allows you to highlite formatting you wish to eliminate and erase the format. You can also copy and paste the content from a formatted document (such as Word or Google Drive) to your computer’s text editor (NotePad for PC users) and it will automatically deformat.
I am not a fan of reinventing the wheel when I don’t have to.
I am a fan of easy and in that spirit, the spirit of easy, I am giving you a link to the best step by step info on how to navigate through WordPress that I have found to date. This link takes you to a well organized table of contents where you will be able to access the specific info you are looking for easily. I have found that is can be helpful when learning to keep a window with the tutorial info open as I work.
It is also available for download as a pdf if you prefer offline access.
And there you have it! Poke around, keep the tutorial available in another window for easy access and have fun!
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