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Introduction

A rich text editor is using an advanced type of editor that is designed to be easy to use by allowing you to visually create what you want your web page to look like. Also knows as WYSIWYGWhat You See Is What You Get. All of the website page code is created automatically behind the scenes.

Editing the website text should be very simple to use for anyone familiar with Microsoft Word, as many of the options are the same with features such as alignment, bold, italics and font colour. There are a few notable exceptions though, covered here.

For additional information, please see the in-built help guide, accessed by clicking on the (?) icon located within the WYSIWYG toolbar.

Text Size & Titles

On the bottom left of the toolbar there is a dropdown for the text type. Although there are quite a few options in the list, you will very likely not need to use anything other than the following three or four selections. By default itwill be set to paragraph and this will be used for the vast majority of your text content.

However you will want to use larger text for your titles – and this is where the header styles come in. For top headings you will want to use Heading One. For sub headings you will need to use Heading Two or even Heading Three.

To change text type, simple select the area of text with the cursor, and then select the type from the dropdown box.

The size and look of the headings in the editor is just an indication of what the content will look like. The actual style of the content may look different when you update the page, depending upon the theme of your website.

Pasting from Word

If you are pasting text from a word document onto your page, it”s recommended to use the paste from word feature. Click on the icon displaying a clipboard with the letter W on it. Copy the text from the Word document and then paste it into the box that will have appeared. Click in insert to add the text onto the page.

The reason to do this is so that the WordPress editor can detect and keep the original formatting from the word document that may otherwise be lost by pasting directly into the editor.

Bullet Points & Blockquotes

While there are options for bullet points and blockquotes on the toolbar, they will not work properly as they are superceded by shortcodes. Ensure that you use the Lists or Blockquote shortcodes instead.

If you don”t know how to do this, please see the respective guides in the shortcodes section.

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