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What Is WordPress Markdown? How to Use Markdown?

What Is WordPress Markdown? How to Use Markdown?

Since WordPress gives support to Markdown, more and more webmasters tend to enable it for their WordPress websites to generate better blog post format. Besides, an increasing number of people wish to have an overview on Markdown and take the maximum benefits from it. To this end, we make this guide on what is WordPress Markdown and how to use if on blog.

What Is WordPress Markdown?

Markdown is a lightweight markup language created by John Gruber in 2004, which enables users to write posts in a plain text format and then convert it to HTML or XHTML. That is to say, you are able to use some specific characters in Markdown syntax and then it will be automatically converted to HTML/XHTML format.

For example, when you need to stress some words in the text, you would like to add “*” to the dead and the tail of certain words, like *How to Use Markdown*. If you do this with Markdown, then the text will be replaced to an overstriking format as “How to Use Markdown“.

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Thanks to its high level of usability, a large number of webmasters are attached to the easy-to-write and easy-to-read Markdown. If you are wondering how you can make full use of this markup language, you are required to achieve that goal by following the steps as below.

How to Use Markdown on Your Blog

The easiest easy way to bring Markdown into effect is to make use of plugin. Fortunately, WordPress.org enables hundreds of Markdown plugins, such as WP-Markdown, JetPack, Mytory Markdown, and so on. As the most popular plugin for enabling Markdown, WP-Markdown is selected in the following guide.

Thus, the first thing you need to do is to download and install this plugin. Log into your WordPress Dashboard and go to Plugins > Add New to search WP-Markdown. Install and activate it right now.

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And then, you are required to enable Markdown for certain objects via Settings > Writing. Scroll the interface down to the bottom and target the Markdown option. Check the objects that will support Markdown. Here, we select some of the options as below. Finally, click Save Changes.

how to use markdown

We have enabled this plugin for posts, pages and post editor. You are now able to practice WP-Markdown via Posts > Add New. Before installing this plugin, the text pad should be like that.

how to use markdown

As the above screenshot, we enter those words in plain text format and there is no change to the content. In this case, if you want to view how the words will be in the website frontend, you are required to click Preview and then check the post. If there is something wrong with the content and that needs to be modified, you have to go back to the text pad and then amend the post. Frankly, it gives you so much trouble.

However, writing posts with WP-Markdown spares you the trouble because you can either make full use of WP-Markdown tool bar to adjust the format or do it with manual input. With WP-Markdown, the content displayed in text pad should be like what we’ve shown in the following screenshot.

how to use markdown

Once you enter all content in the text pad, a Markdown syntax comes out automatically in below, which is the final result to show on your blog. In this way, there is no need to check the final result from website frontend.

Markdown Cheat Sheet

Here, we collect some common used Markdown syntax like the following screenshot and hope you keep them in mind so as to edit your post more effectively.

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