Visual vs.Text Editor

When writing your post, you have the option of using the Visual or Text mode of the editor.

The visual mode lets you see your post as is, while the Text mode shows you the code and replaces the WYSIWYG editor buttons with quicktags. These quicktags are explained as follows.

  • b - <strong></strong> HTML tag for strong emphasis of text (i.e. bold).
  • i - <em></em> HTML tag for emphasis of text (i.e. italicize).
  • b-quote - <blockquote></blockquote> HTML tag to distinguish quoted or cited text.
  • del - <del></del> HTML tag to label text considered deleted from a post. Most browsers display as striked through text.
  • link - <a href=""></a> HTML tag to create a hyperlink.
  • ins - <ins></ins> HTML tag to label text considered inserted into a post. Most browsers display as underlined text.
  • ul - <ul></ul> HTML tag will insert an unordered list, or wrap the selected text in same. An unordered list will typically be a bulleted list of items.
  • ol - <ol></ol> HTML tag will insert a numbered list, or wrap the selected text in same. Each item in an ordered list is typically numbered.
  • li - <li></li> HTML tag will insert or make the selected text a list item. Used in conjunction with the ul or ol tag.
  • code - <code></code> HTML tag for preformatted styling of text. Generally sets text in a monospaced font, such as Courier.
  • more - <!--more--> WordPress tag that breaks a post into "teaser" and content sections. Type a few paragraphs, insert this tag, then compose the rest of your post. On your blog's home page you'll see only those first paragraphs with a hyperlink ((more...)), which when followed displays the rest of the post's content.
  • page - <!--nextpage--> WordPress tag similar to the more tag, except it can be used any number of times in a post, and each insert will "break" and paginate the post at that location.
  • lookup - Opens a JavaScript dialogue box that prompts for a word to search for through the online dictionary at You can use this to check spelling on individual words.
  • Close Tags - Closes any open HTML tags left open--but pay attention to the closing tags. WordPress is not a mind reader (!), so make sure the tags enclose what you want, and in the proper way.
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