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    WordPress is a powerful content management system, but it is not always the place you will want to actually draft your blog posts. This post explores using Markdown to compose your WordPress posts.

    Markdown is a very simple, fast and efficient way of writing HTML using plain text. The post won’t teach you how to use markdown. For that here is a list of 30 resources to learn Markdown. Instead we will look into the pros and cons of using Markdown to draft your WordPress Posts.

    Markdown is a very simple, fast and efficient way of writing HTML using plain text.

    Why Use Markdown with WordPress?

    WordPress already offers a visual text editor and an HTML editor, so why use Markdown?

    Markdown is Faster

    Markdown requires significantly less effort than the visual editor or HTML. Look at a heading in Markdown vs. HTML.

    HTML: <h1>This is a Heading 1</h1> 
    Markdown: # This is a Heading 1 
    

    HTML requires you to write 9 characters including brackets, letters and numbers. Markdown requires one hashtag.

    Using the visual editor within WordPress can slow down your writing process because you constantly have to take your hands off the keyboard.

    So while I can’t guarantee Markdown will make you a better writer, there’s a very good chance it will make you faster and more efficient at pounding the keyboard. I’m kidding, kind of, but for me, anything that tends to speed up my workflow also puts me in a less frustrated and more creative process to get down to work.

    So while I can’t guarantee Markdown will make you a better writer, there’s a very good chance it will make you faster and more efficient at pounding the keyboard.

    Markdown is Prettier

    Even if you are using text editor power tools, such as my favorite, Emmet, Markdown still has the added benefit of writing more human and readable text so that your writing flow is not killed by a bunch of angled brackets and other elements that might distract you from your writing.

    Markdown Doesn’t Require Internet access

    Odds are, if you are updating your posts directly from within WordPress, you are working on a live site. If your internet goes down, you’re out of luck.

    Why Would You Use WordPress instead of Markdown?

    Sometimes there is something that feels more direct and immediate about writing directly within WordPress. When you preview your posts, you get to see exactly how your words will look. There’s something satisfying about this. And when you upload and insert images, they are already linked where they need to be.

    You Can Use Markdown Inside of WordPress

    If you want the benefits of Markdown, but prefer to edit your content directly within WordPress (rather than copy from another editor), you can use Markdown directly within WordPress. There are plugins that convert your Markdown directly within WordPress. As an aside: there is also an Emmet plugin that lets you use Emmet’s shorthand notation for writing HTML.

    Use The Tools that Encourage You to Write

    The best way to create a successful website is by providing valuable quality content. Web Design & SEO expert, Ben Hunt says quality content is the #1 most powerful SEO Trick Ever.

    Creating a writing environment that clears up your ability to think can be helpful in ensuring you are motivated to write.

    Creating a writing environment that clears up your ability to think can be helpful in ensuring you are motivated to write.

    You don’t need any fancy tools to write Markdown, but there are a lot text editors for this purpose. I’m currently loving Ulysses III, but this isn’t an app review, so I’ll leave that for another post.

    Do you like to write directly within WordPress’ interface, or do you prefer a different tool? Are you a fan of writing in Markdown? Please leave any tips or tricks you have in the comments!

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