Hi my name is Kevin and I love WordPress. I started using WordPress 5 years ago to help create a website for my Daughters business. I retired about that time and was looking for something to keep my mind busy and sharp. WordPress came along and happily filled that void.

I have three themes and two plugins approved at WordPress.org and at time of writing a fourth theme is about to be submitted. I am a member of the Theme Review Team at WordPress.org, and have reviewed some 50 themes over the past four months.

I’ve been thinking about doing a series on HTML Blogging for a while now. I think you would be hard pressed to find any serious blogger who doesn’t blog using HTML. It is simply the better way to blog in my humble opinion.

So what is HTML anyway?

Hyper Text Markup Language, commonly referred to as HTML, is the standard markup language used to create web pages. Web browsers can read HTML files and render them into visible or audible web pages.

And what about this CSS I keep hearing about?

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a style sheet language used for describing the look and formatting of a document written in a markup language.

A great reference for this that I use all the time is:

Why do I prefer blogging in HTML?

First of all to blog in HTML Ensure the text tab is clicked in the blog edit panel. See the screenshot below.


For those of you that like to blog in visual mode using various visual plugins, I think that is great. Personally I don’t know how those plugins handle all the HTML encoding, and I’ve had unpleasant experiences with them. Especially when you are using shortcodes. Some shortcodes can be incompatible with visual mode. But if that is what you need to blog then do it.

I feel that When you are in Text Mode, you have more control over exactly how the blog looks. It is that control that I like to feel confident in. Once your HTML knowledge (and CSS) have increased you can start to stretch your theme to the limit, and open different possibilities for your blog. It also enhances your ability to trouble shoot your blog.

This is not a course on HTML or CSS, it is simply a series of posts on blogging in WordPress using Text Mode, or HTML.

At the end of each post I will include the post content with the HTML markup. Just click the Post Markup Tab to see the markup.

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