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WordPress Adds Markdown, Designers Rejoice

Posted on 11.20.2013

It's been a long time coming, but WordPress has finally added Markdown, a quick way to add formatted text without actually writing out any HTML.

Markdown essentially supports the composition of links, lists and other styles using regular characters and punctuation marks. For example, say you want to write a post with rich text but don't want to remove your hands from the keyboard or use a complicated shortcut code. In that instance, using Markdown would a perfect fit. 

Here's how it works. To emphasize a word, writers would simply need to wrap it with an asterisk on both ends, like this: *emphasized*. WordPress has provided a quick reference chart for Markdown that provides detailed information and instructions on its use. 

To start using Markdown, WordPress admins will need to enable it within their blog dashboard - just check the box next to "Use Markdown for posts and pages," and then click save.


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