When you enter your content, you enter it in what is called a WYSIWYG editor (which stands for What You See Is What You Get). What this means is that you have tools very much like a word-processing application at the top of the editor that allow you to format your content. You can bold text, change the color, make data into lists, etc. However, before you start formatting your content, we need to talk about two important things:
- First, do not get carried away with formatting until your website’s custom theme is finished. Adding a link, or the occasional bold-ed text is fine when you are starting out, but do not start increasing text size, changing fonts, or justifying text until we’ve had a chance to work through your theme’s design. When the theme is uploaded, what you see in this screen will change it’s appearance.The reason for this is that I can take care of the majority of the formatting you need. If you want all of your subheadings to be a certain size and color, I can make it happen automatically. Same if you want all of your quotes to be indented, etc… The point is to think about how you want common elements in your content to look, and I will program your pages to look this way without you having to format a thing.
- Second, over-formatting your text can break your page. The fact of the matter is that although this editor behaves like a word-processor, it isn’t. What it actually does is write the proper HTML code to display your page behind the scenes. You can see this code by clicking the “HTML” button at the top right of the editor — this is a good thing to do occassionally so you can get a sense of how your code works. (To switch back to the editor, click the “Visual” button). The problem is that it formats your content by ADDING code, not subtracting it. Therefore, if you’ve changed your font 6 times, there are now 6 levels of code that have been applied to that text, and when it gets that deep, errors start to creep in.You can attempt to clean this up by using the “Remove Formatting” button (The eraser), but sometimes this doesn’t work and you will need to give me a call.