You’ve done it! You’ve installed WordPress, made your site beautiful with a theme, added the advanced functions you’ll need with plugins, and so you can begin structuring your site and entering content!
Get to know the Block Editor
In 2019, WordPress introduced the new “Block Editor.” This editor makes it much easier to make interesting page layouts with tools like Columns, “Media & Text”, and “Cover Images”.
More Block Editor Resources
If you need to update your site to the block editor, review our blog post about upgrading to WordPress 5.0.
Writing for the Web
Once you start writing, you’ll want to make sure you’re writing for the web. What does that mean, exactly? It means you’re writing for people who are reading quickly, as little as possible, and scanning the page more than reading at all. Ways you can help people read on the web include:
- Keep paragraphs and sentences short (1-4 sentences)
- Write with bulleted and numbered lists
- Structure longer pages with headings
- You’ll find Headings in the “Styles” menu in the 2nd row of the editor.
- Use Heading 2 for your main section titles (e.g. “Writing for the Web”). Use Heading 3 for subsection titles. (e.g. “Avoid Headaches with Paste as Plain Text”)
- Headings also improve your SEO and allow people using screen readers to hear the structure of the page.
- Use bold and italic sparingly to highlight important information. Don’t color text at all.
- Don’t center- or right-align any text longer than one line. Don’t “full-justify” anything.
- Write meaningful links that describe the link’s page. Don’t use “click here,” “read more,” “continue reading,” etc.
- Need examples? Check out how links are written on this site!