In the process of creating and managing content, it is important to know how to use the appropriate editors to effectively convey your message. WordPress offers two primary editors for this purpose – the Visual Editor and the Text Editor. Each editor has its own advantages and limitations, so it is essential to understand how they work and when to use them.
The Visual Editor:
The Visual Editor is a user-friendly WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor that provides a simple way to format and style your content without the need for any technical knowledge of HTML or CSS. Here's how you can use the Visual Editor:
- Formatting Text:
- To apply various formatting options such as bold, italic, underline, strikethrough, bullet points, and numbered lists, simply select the desired text and click on the appropriate button in the toolbar.
- You can also align your text (left, center, right, or justified) using the alignment options provided in the toolbar.
- For headings, select the text and choose from the available heading levels (Heading 1, Heading 2, etc.) in the toolbar.
- Adding Media:
- To add images, videos, or audio files, position your cursor where you want to insert the media and click on the “Add Media” button in the toolbar.
- Select the desired file from your media library or upload a new file and click on the “Insert into post” button.
- You can resize, align, and add captions to your media by selecting it after insertion and using the available options.
- Creating Links:
- To add links to text, select the relevant portion and click on the “Insert/edit link” button in the toolbar.
- Enter the URL you want to link to in the “URL” field and choose whether the link should open in a new tab or the same tab.
- You can also link to existing content on your website by selecting it from the “Or link to existing content” tab.
The Text Editor:
The Text Editor, also known as the HTML editor, allows you to directly manipulate the underlying HTML code of your content. This editor is especially useful for advanced users who need more control over their content. Here's how to use the Text Editor:
- Writing HTML:
- You can manually write HTML code within the Text Editor to format your text, add media, and create links.
- For example, to add a bold text, you can use the HTML tag like this:
<em>can be used for italics,
<u>for underline, and
- Switching to Text Editor:
- By default, WordPress displays the Visual Editor. However, you can easily switch to the Text Editor by clicking on the “Text” tab located at the top-right corner of the editor.
- Once you switch to the Text Editor, you can directly edit and manipulate the HTML code as needed.
- To switch back to the Visual Editor, simply click on the “Visual” tab.
It's important to note that while the Text Editor offers greater flexibility and control, it requires knowledge of HTML markup. For most users, the Visual Editor is typically sufficient for creating and managing content efficiently.
By understanding and utilizing the capabilities of both the Visual and Text Editors, you can effectively create and manage your content within WordPress. Whether you prefer the simplicity of the Visual Editor or the precision of the Text Editor, having these tools at your disposal will enhance your ability to convey your message effectively.