As a blogger you are not only responsible for creating great content for your readers but also for providing a convenient reading experience to them. Formatting your WordPress blog can introduce a great change in the entire write-up.
A formatted blog:
- Offers a better reading experience
- Adds SEO value to your blog
Title and Permalink:
WordPress gives its users options to choose the permalink style. It is generally advised that one should abstain from including the date in the posts.
First because you may not want to seem very outdated and second because you may want to republish the same write-up after some tweaking. A date in the permalink may pose a problem with both these cases.
In WordPress, a permalink is created from the title of the post. There are times when you change your mind about a certain title and wish to change it. Or there could be an error in the title which needs fixing. Once you make the changes in the current title you will need to ensure that the same reflect in your permalink.
Changes do not reflect in the permalinks automatically. You need to set the permalink again.
A precaution that a user must exercise while doing this is to see if any links have already been established with the current permalink. If this is the case then it is better to make the changes to the title only. Any changes to the permalink in this situation will lead to broken links.
Headings, Subheadings, Paragraphs:
Typographical formatting is a great way of touching up your blog.Use typography. Make use of bold, normal or italics styles. Use WordPress formatting for headings and subheadings.
A subheading tells your reader what exactly to expect from that part of the blog. Try to stick to really small subheadings.Subheadings are generally formatted by using the heading 4 option.
Use bulleted or numbered lists:
Bulleted and numbered lists are known to go down very well with the readers. Try to use bullets wherever possible.
- You should try to add at least one image to your blog. Longer posts can have multiple images to support the text.It always helps to break the blog text by inserting relevant images. Inserting an image adds to the visual appeal of the write-up.
- There are several websites that allow you to use their images for free but you may be required to share a message that credits the image to the copyright holder of the image or to the website.
- You must clearly read the terms section of any image providing websites to understand the uses that you can put the downloaded images to.
- Several sites provide premium paid memberships and allows usage of its images for a variety of purposes. Acknowledging the copyright holder an an image may not be a requirement here.
- Different privileges come with different types of memberships. You must carefully read the terms and the FAQ sections of these site.
How to add images to your blog?
You can insert an image right at the top of your article and use it as a feature image. Simply click on the Add Media Button. Choose a file from the library or upload one from your PC’s library. The image that you intend to use as feature image should ideally be at least 300 pixels.If you wish to add an image in the middle of a paragraph then select an image from the media gallery.Set the alignment option to center. This image too should ideally be 300 pixel wide.
To have an image around which you wish to see flowing text, then you must select a really small image preferably 150 pixels wide and set the alignment option to either right or left.
Images are great for SEO:
WordPress allows you to fill many fields like title, caption, alt text and description for an image.
Of these alt text is the most important because it shows when the image does not.
Try to fill each of these fields with meaningful entries.
Meaningful titles, description and captions help the search engine in understanding better. There is extensive discussion on image optimization available over the web.
Link your image to a full size version only if it is difficult to view or read in the normal size. WordPress picks the file name and puts it in the title field. Ensure that this is a meaningful name as it will appear when the user moves the cursor over the images.