Pasting in WordPress: A Comprehensive Guide
As a blogger, your WordPress site needs to have various multimedia content such as text, images, videos or links to add value to your audience. However, to do that successfully, it’s essential to know how to paste content effectively in WordPress. If not done correctly, you may encounter potential issues that can affect your site. In this article, we’ll explore the best practices for pasting content in WordPress and how to avoid potential formatting problems.
Basic Text Editor
The Basic Text Editor is a simple tool that is used to copy and paste text into the WordPress Editor. To use the Basic Text Editor, you’ll have to open the WordPress dashboard, create or edit a post, place your cursor where your text should go and press the “Ctrl+V” key combination. To avoid any formatting issues, use the “Paste as plain text” option provided in the editor.
The Visual Editor is a rich text editor that allows you to customize your content with HTML and visual formatting. The editor includes a bar that provides various formatting options to add to your content. To paste content in the Visual Editor, create or edit a post, place your cursor where your text should go and press the “Ctrl+V” key combination. The pasted content is in rich text format with its full HTML and visual formatting customized just the way you want it.
Pasting Content from Other Sources
Copying content from external sources like Microsoft Word, other blogs, websites or PDFs can create formatting issues that affect your WordPress site. To avoid this, paste the content into an intermediary application like Notepad or TextEdit, which removes any formatting elements. Then, copy the intermediary application’s text and paste it into the WordPress Editor. Alternatively, use the “Paste as plain text” or “Paste from Word” option to avoid any unwanted formatting issues.
Pasting images into WordPress means uploading an image from your device or pasting one from a web URL. To add an image, create or edit a post, place your cursor where the image should go, and click on the “Add Media” button. After that, choose an image from your device or from the web and select the “Insert into Post” button.
Linking to Other Pages
Linking to other pages on your WordPress site is done by highlighting the text you want to use as the link and clicking on the “Insert/edit link” button provided in the editor toolbar. Then, enter the URL of the page you’re linking to. To prevent broken links, ensure that the linked page exists and ensure you have linked it correctly. Additionally, click the “Open link in new window/tab” option to ensure the link opens in a new window.
Ensuring that your content is well-formatted and free from any potential issues when pasting in WordPress is essential. In summary, use Notepad or the “Paste as plain text” option to avoid formatting issues when copying content, link your pages correctly and optimize your multimedia content to keep your website running smoothly.