Word to WordPress

If you are maintaining website content for your workplace, you may receive content in a Microsoft Word document. This video explains how to assign headers using the styles panel in Word, and how to clean up extra spacing once content is pasted into WordPress. 

Pasting from Word to WordPress

I assigned header tags in Word, like H1, H2, as well as italics, bold, and a hyperlink. I found that pasting from Word straight over to WordPress can result in some strange spacing such as break tags and empty paragraph tags. It is wiser to clean those up in the text pane, rather than in the visual pane, so you can see the code you are erasing or fixing.

Dreamweaver and WordPress

I work as a web HTML coder, so in my job, I receive Word files from content managers and I create web pages from that content. In this video I experimented with bouncing the content from Word into Dreamweaver so I could show you the code and design views at the same time. You don’t need Dreamweaver to post your content, however.

Intermediate tips

I found that copying from Dreamweaver’s design view won’t paste the HTML tags into WordPress’ visual pane. If you are confident working with code, and you have Dreamweaver available to you, then the method that works is to copy your selected content from Dreamweaver’s code view into WordPress’ text pane.

If you haven’t used Microsoft Word recently and would like to learn, I found a class on Lynda.com called Up and Running with Word 2016.  It offers an overview of Word’s features, including that track changes feature that I’ll talk about in my next post. I have chosen to be an affiliate for Lynda.com, meaning that if you decide to start a Lynda subscription, I’ll get a small commission for sending them your business. I’ve been learning with Lynda.com since about 2003 and, from my experience, I can truly recommend these online, on-demand classes.