Markdown is a simple way of styling text without having to search for particular buttons on your wordprocessor, and without having to learn complex HTML. It is an easy way for writers to convert text to HTML using just plain text. If Markdown is enabled on your publishing platform you can concentrate on writing and simply insert the style options with basic easy to remember characters. So, for example, you can easily insert bold, or italics, or subheaders, or lists, or active links, into your blogs, comments, and emails.
You can use Markdown on your WordPress blog if you enable this feature. To use Markdown in a WordPress post (blog or comment), you need to do the following:
- Login to your site.
- Click the “My Site” tab on the top left corner.
- In the left hand menu, select the bottom item “Settings”.
- At the top of the Settings page select the second tab along – “Writing”.
- About halfway down the page tick the box that says “Use markdown for posts and pages.” Then click “Save Settings”.
- Next, go to your compose screen. Enter your text as normal but include the Markdown stylings. Then click the “Preview” tab before posting just to check the text appears in the way you intended it to.
I have listed to basic Markdown elements below.
Basic Markdown Elements
|Blockquotes||The Prime Minister said:
> We must all pull together to face
> the ongoing economic crisis. We
> all share the pain.
|Bold||**word** or __word__|
|Headers||# Header 1
###### Header 6
|Horizontal Rule||*** or —|
|Images||Format: ![Alt Text](url)
![Woman and Computer]( http://mozy4free.co.uk/computer.jpg “Optional Title”)
|Italics||*word* or _word_|
|Line Break||Two or more spaces.|
|Links 1||Wrap the text you want to link in square brackets, and immediately after it, insert the link target in round brackets.
[Markdown Basic Crib Sheet] (https://lexicalblog.wordpress.com/markdown-basic-crib-sheet)
|Links 2||Wrap the text you want to link to in square brackets, and immediately after it, insert a number in round brackets. List the number in square brackets plus the link elsewhere (at the bottom of the text, for example) for easy reference.
[Markdown Basic Crib Sheet] (1)
|List Bullet||* Apples
|List Numbered||1. Apples