Professional Tutorial for Post Formatting, both for Beginners and Advanced users.

7 months ago
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Today fellow steemians I'm sharing the best tips on how to format your post to look amazing.


I've recently got some messages on the Steemit chat, from fellow steemians saying how my posts look great, how did you do that with the image, the text, how did you make the follow button click-able etc. So today I've decided to provide an easy guide with all the info on how to do it, for both advanced and less experienced users. You can skip to the "Combine Both" part for quick tips & examples.
For quick search to specific thing in the guide use CTR+Fto use find option in your browser.

Most of you format your posts in markdown, but what many don't know that you can use HTML as well, even combine these two to get some
amazing results

The text above combines markdown with HTML, as well as this one with an ease

Breakdown

<center>Most of you format your posts in markdown, but what many don't know that you can use HTML as well, even combine these two to get some**amazing results**</center>

<center>_The text above combines markdown with HTML, as well as this one with an ease_</center>

Now that you've got a teaser on how simple and easy it is, let's dive in for some more options.

Markdown


Below are the commands used in markdown and on how to use them, this is not the full list and I've excluded the one's you probably won't be using. Preview is first after that follows the code in the table.


Headers

H1

H2

H3

H4

H5
H6

# H1
## H2
### H3
#### H4
##### H5
###### H6

Italics & Bold

Emphasis, aka italics, with asterisks or underscores.

Strong emphasis, aka bold, with asterisks or underscores.

Combined emphasis with asterisks and underscores.

Strikethrough uses two tildes. Scratch this.

 
Emphasis, aka italics, with *asterisks* or _underscores_.
Strong emphasis, aka bold, with **asterisks** or __underscores__.
Combined emphasis with **asterisks and _underscores_**.
Strikethrough uses two tildes. ~~Scratch this.~~
 

Links

I'm an link to google

 
[I'm an link to google](https://www.google.com)
 

Images

Using the direct image link
(Right Click on Image > Copy Image Address or Open in new tab & copy link)
The link should have a; .jpg ; .png or .gif 90% of the time, those are extensions for images

 
Using the direct image link
https://developer.chrome.com/extensions/examples/api/extension/isAllowedAccess/sample-128.png
 

Lists, Block quotes & Separators

  • I'm In a list
  • Or minus
  • Or plus
 
* I'm In a list
- Or minus
+ Or plus
 

I don't quote anyone.

 
> I don't quote anyone.

Three or more...


 
Three or more...
---
You can also use *** and ___.

Tables

Example:

SuperSimpleTable
Easynicelooks
123
 
Example:
Super | Simple | Table
--- | --- | ---
*Easy* | `nice` | **looks**
1 | 2 | 3

YouTube Videos

Direct Link:

 
Direct Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0

HTML


Because of some html functionality not working on Steemit and that It's easier to use Markdown to format 95% of the post, I've included only a few html codes.


Text

Bold text
Superscript text

<b>Bold text</b>
<sup>Superscript text</sup>


Combine Both


Now that we know some commands, before we put them to use, you can go Herefor the Full Markdown cheat-sheet and Here for the Full HTML one if your interested. Now for the fun part. I'll show you some easy to remember examples on how to use these in every post.

I'm In the middle

<center>I'm In the middle</center>

Simply at the start of anything you want in center put <center>in front and </center>at the end.
You can also style the text with markdown that's being "centered".

This Image is in the middle


This Image is in the middle and if you open it in a new tab it will take you to www.google.com

<center> This Image is in the middle</center>
<center>https://developer.chrome.com/extensions/examples/api/extension/isAllowedAccess/sample-128.png<center>

<center> This Image is in the middle and if you open it in a new tab it will take you to **www.google.com**</center>
<center><a href="https://www.google.com" target="_new"><img alt="" border="0" src="https://developer.chrome.com/extensions/examples/api/extension/isAllowedAccess/sample-128.png" /></a></center>

I'm also using this post to bring attention to an what I think important message to the dev's. The html for ref=_blank doesn't work in other words, links that Open In new tab once you click on them. I'd love to see this implemented as soon as possible.


Thank you for reading this guide. I hope that the knowledge gained from this post will help you in making better posts in the future.

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  ·  7 months ago

♦This can also be applied to comments♦
-Reasons to Follow-
Almost Anything Science & Technology
Life- / Meaningful topics/experiences/thoughts
Graphic Design & Photography
Computer Software & Hardware
Steemit General & Community related topics
Sociology

Now you know how to format both your posts and comments in a more professional manner. :)


I will follow back If I'm interested in the content you produce.

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  ·  7 months ago

Thanks for the info. I didn't know you can combine markdown and html.

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  ·  7 months ago

That's why I'm sharing this, it's important knowledge, also since we are mentioning this, Most of the html functionality doesn't work. For example the align="" and many Markdown functionality as well, so I've made sure to include only those that are useful and work on Steemit.

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  ·  7 months ago

There you can find very useful interactive MarkDown tutorial: http://www.markdowntutorial.com/

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56
  ·  7 months ago

Not bad, but again some of the Markdown functionality isn't supported in Steemit. I've included only the things that work and are most commonly used.

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67
  ·  7 months ago

You make a great post and I sure what it help for a newbies!
I'm not Markdown guru :) but link above was help me to learn basic functions.

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56
  ·  7 months ago

Thanks! Yeah the link is definitively useful, if someone wants an interactive way of learning, that site is good. :)

67
  ·  6 months ago

Nice article!

54
  ·  7 months ago

Wow~! It's awesome! Thank you. ^^

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  ·  7 months ago

As a newbie to Steem (and to markdown itself) I appreciate any good tips I get on improving the appearance of the posts. Can I ask: when steemit comes out of beta, will there be toolbars and all the perks and whistles that most forums seem to have these days?

Please--don't get me wrong! I love SteemIt--I just think anything that makes it easier to post our content is going to draw new writers like flies to honey!

Thanks for the article!

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  ·  7 months ago

Your right, improvement will come over time and formatting the post will be easier. But for now we'll have to stick to Markdown and a bit of HMTL to make our posts look good! :)

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  ·  6 months ago

Do you know of any way to get an image within a post, that is not the first image, to appear as a thumbnail? I have read through a lot of tutorials, and I've tried experiments when it's late so it doesn't interfere with the busy posting times. But I haven't gotten anything to work. Sometimes it's not the first image that most captures the essence of a post that would work well in a thumbnail. Thanks!

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I can't guarantee this, but seems as if the HTML image code is preferred as thumbnail, so putting a basic link first and a link coded in html should place the html image as thumbnail, but again I'm not sure about this and I didn't test it.

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  ·  6 months ago

Thanks for giving me something to go on. I'll test it.
I'm glad I saw this post within the 30 day limit, so I could ask a question. Thanks for replying.

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Nope. I tried using the markdown code for the first image and HTML for the second. The first image came up. I also tried making the 2nd image the header image by surrounding it with the level 1 header tags, but that didn't work either. It sure would be nice to be able to figure something out! Thanks for giving me something to test.

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56
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Your welcome, If I find out how to do it I'll tell you.

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65
  ·  6 months ago

Same here.

65
  ·  7 months ago

I truly enjoy the art of Text Illumination, which speaks to why I love this blog post. It's about making meaningful blogs more beautiful. Thanks for a practical tool guide (which now resides in my bookmarks bar). I have upvoted this blog post and will feature it in my daily gems blog this evening.

Great content.

54
  ·  7 months ago

Great thats helpful thanks

65
  ·  7 months ago

This is perfect. Thanks for the tips.

65
  ·  7 months ago

Thanks @minion for your support on that other issue. You're the real deal. Following and supporting you.