Don’t you just love WordPress? It’s so easy to use! Just log into your account, type in your blog post, press Publish, and voilà!
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In most cases, you probably like to prepare your drafts in Word or another program first, but if you’ve ever copied and pasted your post into WordPress, you might have discovered that your fonts aren’t consistent from one post to another. Some posts may display larger, some smaller, and some in a different type face altogether. As a result, your blog may look untidy or even unprofessional. This problem can be avoided by following one simple step which is not obvious when you first begin using WordPress.
When you press Ctrl-V or right-click on Paste, in addition to your content, you paste the unseen code that controls the font. In other words, if you copy from a Word document which was typed using Arial 12, your blog post will appear in Arial 12, even though your style sheet calls for something else. To maintain any special formatting you’ve used, such as links, bolding, centering, and so on, without bringing over the font style, you should use the Paste from Word button. If you want to scrap all formatting and copy only the text, use the Paste as Text button.
If the second row of buttons doesn’t appear on your screen, you need to click on the Kitchen Sink button which appears at the end of the top row. You’ll see that in addition to Paste from Word and Paste as Text, this feature brings up a number of formatting tools you may find useful, including underlining and indenting.
Even if you don’t use WordPress, you may have a Paste from Word option, so be sure to use it when appropriate.
Having a consistent look throughout your blog gives it a more professional look and makes it easier to read, increasing the likelihood that visitors will want to return and recommend it to others.
This post was originally published on From the Desk of Janet Barclay.