WordPress Markdown is a simple Markup language that is used by WordPress editor. It converts simple text into HTML and very helpful if for someone who is not comfortable with HTML markup. WordPress Markdown is simple to use and learn, although WordPress editor has everything from bolding a character to making it heading or paragraph.
But somehow you might want to use this. So, in this tutorial I will give you an brief overview of WordPress Markdown and how to use it on WordPress.
What is WordPress Markdown ?
WordPress Markdown is a markup language which converts plain text into HTML code. It allows users to use special characters like asterisk, number sign, underscore and dashes in Markdown syntax instead of HTML. This Markdown Syntax is then automatically converted into HTML. See the example below:
By writing this WordPress markdown:
You will get this:
Another good example of WordPress Markup to make text bold, simply write your text between double asterisk. See example below:
** This is bold text **
How to enable and use WordPress Markdown?
It is very simple and easy to use markdown in WordPress but before that you need to enable WordPress markdown. There are two simple ways to use Markdown in WordPress.
How to enable WordPress Markdown?
In order to use the WordPress Markdown you need to enable this from your settings of your dashboard. Follow the below steps:
- First thing you need to do is install and activate the WP-Markdown plugin
- In WP Admin go to Settings → Writing.
- Check the checkbox next to “Use Markdown for posts and pages.”
- Click Save Changes to activate Markdown on your site.
In second method you have to install Jetpack plugin. Then follow the below steps to use WordPress Markdown using Jetpack:
- Then enable Jetpack with by creating a new account or WordPress.com or using an existing one.
- Once you configured Jetpack go to → Jetpack Settings
- Under Composing enable the “Write posts or pages in plain-text Markdown syntax”.
How to use WordPress Markdown?
As I already some of example above let me give some of most usable elements of this:
WordPress Markdown Syntax
*This is emphasized Text*
This is emphasized Text
**This is bold text**
This is bold text
#This is Heading 1#
This is heading 1
##This is Heading 2##
This is heading 2
###This is Heading 3###
This is heading 3
1. Ordered list item 1
2. Ordered list item 2
3. Ordered list item 3
- Ordered list item 1
- Ordered list item 2
- Ordered list item 3
*Unordered list item 1
*Unordered list item 2
*Unordered list item 3
- Unordered list item 1
- Unordered list item 2
- Unordered list item 3
For videos: Normally you can embed videos in WordPress by simply adding the URL of video but you can also use markdown for that. By adding your YouTube video URL between
[embed]. See example below:
[embed]your video link[/embed]
I hope this article will help you to understand the WordPress Markdown if you have any question than leave in the comments I’ll be happy to answer.