Adding Content with the Visual Editor
The editor used to enter content into your Page or Post is very easy to use. It’s much like using a regular word processor, with toolbar buttons that allow you to Bold () or Italicize () text or enter in Headings () or bullet points ( ). You can even use most of the basic keyboard shortcuts used in other text editors. For example: Shift+Enter inserts a line break, Ctrl+C/Cmd+C = copy, Ctrl+X/Cmd+X = cut, Ctrl+Z/Cmd+Z = undo, Ctrl+Y/Cmd+Y = redo, Ctrl+A/Cmd+A = select all, etc. (use the Ctrl key on a PC or the Command key on a Mac).
When adding content to your page, the Visual Editor expands to fit your content, rather than simply scrolling. On top of that, no matter how tall the Visual Editor becomes, the toolbar buttons will be available at all times by sticking to the top of the page.
With WordPress 4.3, adding content is now even quicker by making use of special keyboard shortcuts. When you want to add different size headings to your content, rather than having to select the heading size from the toolbar dropdown you can now start a line with two or more hashtags (#) and once you hit Enter to go to the next line, the Visual Editor will automatically convert your text to the appropriate heading. As an example, typing two hashtags followed by some text will convert to a H2 (e.g. ##Heading), typing three hashtags followed by some text will convert to a H3 (e.g. ###Heading), and so on, up to H6.
Like headings, you can now also use * or – to create an unordered list, using 1. will start an ordered list, and > will create a blockquote.
At the top of the editor there are two tabs, Visual and Text (). These switch the editor view between the Visual Editor and the Text editor. The Text view will enable you to view the HTML code that makes up your content. For the more experienced users this can be helpful at times but for those not familiar with HTML tags, it’s not recommended.
When creating a new Page or Post, the first thing to do is enter in your title in the top entry field where it says Enter title here. After moving the cursor down to the editor a new Permalink is created for your page. Permalinks are the permanent URL’s to your individual Posts, Pages, Categories etc.. Though not usually necessary, you can manually edit your permalink by clicking on the actual permalink (the part after the domain name with the yellow background) or by clicking the Edit button next to it. Once you’ve modified it, click Ok to save or Cancel to cancel your changes.
At the top of the editor where your content is written, there are numerous formatting buttons. Clicking the Toolbar Toggle button () will show or hide a second line of formatting buttons which gives you extra functionality. The editor buttons perform the following functions:
|Add Media – Used to upload and insert media such as images, audio, video or documents|
|Bold – Bold text|
|Italic – Italicise text|
|Strikethrough – Add a strikethrough to your text|
|Bulleted List – Create an unordered (bullet point) list|
|Numbered List – Create an Ordered (numbered) list|
|Blockquote – Used as a way of showing a quote. How this looks will be entirely dependent on the Theme that your site is currently using|
|Horizontal Line – Inserts a horizontal line into your page|
|Align left – Align text to the left|
|Align Center – Align text in the center of the page|
|Align Right – Align text to the right|
|Insert/edit link – Used to create an html link to another page or website. The text that you want to link needs to be highlighted first before the button become will become active.|
|Remove Link – Remove the html link from the selected link. Your cursor must be sitting on an active link for the button to be active|
|Insert Read More tag – Inserts the More tag into your Page. Most blogs only display a small excerpt of a Post and you’re required to click the Post title or a “Read more…” link to continue reading the rest of the article. When you insert a “More” tag into your Post, everything prior to the tag is considered as this excerpt. Most times you’d only use this button when you’re creating a blog Post, rather than a Page|
|Toolbar Toggle – Used to show or hide the second row of formatting buttons on the editor toolbar|
|Distraction Free Writing – Clicking this button will enlarge the editor so that it fills the browser window. Clicking the Exit fullscreen link at the top of the screen will reduce it back to its original size|
|Style – Used to format the Page text based on the styles used by the current Theme|
|Underline – Underline your text|
|Justify – Align text on both the left and right (ie. justify)|
|Text color – Use to change the color of text|
|Paste as Plain Text – Copying & pasting text from other sites or word processors sometimes leaves the text formatted differently to what you were expecting. The reason for this is that quite often the html tags or codes that formatted the original text are pasted along with the text itself. To avoid this, Paste as Text will strip all these formatting and html tags. The Paste as Text option acts like a toggle, staying on until you turn it off by clicking the button again or until you save your page content|
|Clear formatting – Use this to remove all the formatting (eg. Bold, Underline, text color etc..) from the highlighted text|
|Special character – Used to insert special characters not easily accessible via the keyboard (eg. ¼, ½, ¾, ©, €, Ö etc..)|
|Decrease indent – Removes one level of indenting|
|Increase Indent – Indents text by one level|
|Undo – Undo your last action|
|Redo – Redo your last action|
|Keyboard shortcuts – Displays information about the WordPress visual editor along with keyboard shortcuts|
|Visual/Text – Switches the editor view between the Visual Editor and the Text editor. The Text view will enable you to view the HTML code that makes up your content. For the more experienced users this can be helpful at times but for those not familiar with HTML tags, it’s not recommended|