Editing Content: Using Styles

Content added to posts and pages should be easy to read and engaging. WordPress comes with a visual editor (similar to writing in MS Word) to help you accomplish this.


Adding Content

Visual / HTML TabFirst make sure you are on the Visual Tab — if you are feeling adventurous you can use the ‘HTML’ tab to work in HTML mode (warning: this requires knowledge of programing in HTML).

You can begin to insert content by typing it directly into the large text area, or by pasting it from another source (website, word document, etc.)

Paste Plain TextUse the Paste as Plain Text icon to paste your content (this helps ensure no improper HTML code is brought over)



To link to another website or file:

Create HyperlinkSelect the text you want to turn into a link and then click on the link button to create or edit links. Use a full path including http:// or Choose an Existing Page


Uploading Images, Files, and other Media

upload-insert-3.3 button

Use the Upload/Insert buttons to Upload files (eg:PDF, DOC, PPT) or insert images. See a more advanced guide to inserting images and files



Format TextHeadings make your content easier to read by allowing visitors to easily scan your text, helping them find what they are looking for.

To apply a heading to some text:

  • Highlight the text you want to turn into a heading
  • Click the ‘Format’ dropdown box and select the heading you want to use. Heading numbers should corresponds to the importance of the heading you are using (Heading 2 is the most important, heading 6 the least important)



Lists can make your content easier to read by allowing users to quickly scan your text.



To create a list:

  • Highlight the text
  • Click the ‘List’ (ordered, unordered) icon in the visual toolbar


Horizontal Rule

Easily insert a horizontal rule (bar) into the content of your pages/posts.

  • To insert: select the HR icon in the toolbar: :
  • The HR bar will look like this:

Alert Box

Insert an alert box into the content of your pages/posts.

    • To insert: while editing a post/page select the text you want to turn into an alert box and select “Alert – Red” from the “Styles” dropdown in the toolbar [see preview]
    • The alert box will look like this:
This an alert. You should pay attention to me because chances are high that I am important.

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