What do you see when you look at your blog posts? The same font and formatting on every post? Or are they looking real messy with a range of different fonts?
Most likely you weren’t warned of the dangers of copying and pasting text written in Word into blog post! What happens is the text you paste from Word brings in lots of extra code. Normally this makes your post’s font and formatting look unattractive plus may add extra words you haven’t written. In extreme cases it can prevent your blog loading in Internet Explorer.
Let me show you!
This sentence was written in Microsoft Word then copied and pasted into a blog post. Right now looks perfectly fine.
Now look what happens when I click on the HTML tab. See how much code was transferred from Word by just copying and pasting one sentence.
Same can happen when you copy and paste text from emails, other word processor applications, websites etc.
Safest solution is always write your posts in your blog dashboard. However if you do need to copy and paste text into your post then the best method to remove any extra code is using a plain text editor like:
- NotePad – PC (Programs > Accessories)
- TextEdit – Macs
Just paste the text into the text editor and then copy the text from the text editor and paste into your post. This strips out all code and prevents formatting problems. Please note pasting into a text editor does remove all links to websites.
NOTE: There is a Paste from Word button inside your dashboard which is meant to be used for this purpose. However I’ve found it doesn’t always remove the extra code.
Please remember to explain the reasons why you shouldn’t copy and paste text directly into blog posts when you are teaching others how to blog.
What tip(s) do you wish someone had told you when you first started blogging?
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