Writing & Editing


When creating a post or page on your WordPress.com blog, you have two editing modes available to you.

Visual Editor

Powered by TinyMCE, the Visual Editor is the default mode for WordPress.com blogs and looks very similar to a word processor. The visual editor icons allow you to format text, change font alignment, insert bulleted and numbered lists, and more.

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HTML Editor

The HTML editor has fewer options, but allows you to write your posts in HTML or edit a post’s HTML. When you need to add a shortcode, add some font style, or paste in code from an outside source, you can use the HTML editor.

Note: The HTML code you add must be well-formed and it must be listed in the allowed HTML tags list. The buttons at the top of the text editor make it easy for you to quickly insert most common HTML tags. You should also be aware that WordPress.com has some code restrictions, so JavaScript, embeds, and custom forms and not allowed for security reasons.

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Switching Editors

To switch between the Visual and HTML editing modes is easy, use the tabs at the upper-right corner of the post editing area.

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Resizing the Editor

The text editor will intelligently resize to fit the content of your post.


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