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Best Practices for Creating Content

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My lightening talk for the 2016 Sacramento WordCamp in which I cover the best practices of content creation, including why writing your website and blog content in a traditional word processor might not the best approach.

Additional information can be found at my blog TheLovelyGeek.com.

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Best Practices for Creating Content

  1. 1. Best Practices for Creating Content Or Why You Shouldn’t Copy and Paste From a Word Processor
  2. 2. Cristina Robinson UI/UX Designer at Three29 Blogger at TheLovelyGeek.com @LovelyGeek #wcsac
  3. 3. Best Practices for Creating Content 1. Don’t use a traditional word processor to copy & paste 2. Use the right tool for the job such as apps or shortcuts 3. Take preventive measures on your site and with clients
  4. 4. Don’t Use a Word Processor for Creating Your Content
  5. 5. Hidden Formatting Copying and pasting brings hidden code over that can break your site. It looks like you’re trying to copy and paste into WordPress. Would you like some help with that?
  6. 6. Inconsistent Styling Your CSS styles can get overwritten by your word processor’s code. It looks like you’re trying to copy and paste into WordPress. Would you like some help with that?
  7. 7. Formatting Isn’t Guaranteed E.g. headings in Word aren’t recognized as headings in WordPress which is not good for SEO It looks like you’re trying to copy and paste into WordPress. Would you like some help with that?
  8. 8. Methods and Tools for Bringing Your Content into WordPress
  9. 9. WordPress Editor • Autosaves drafts • Distraction-free writing • Desktop + mobile app
  10. 10. Copy and Paste with No Formatting • Keyboard shortcuts • Text editor • Paste As Text button
  11. 11. Use An App • WordPress - Desktop + Mobile • Blogo - Mac & iOS only • Ulysses - Mac only • Desk PM - Mac only • BlogJet - Windows only • ZenWriter - Windows only
  12. 12. Preventive Measures to Take on Your Site
  13. 13. Paste as Plain Text • WordPress plugin • Forces editor to paste everything as plain text • Make sure your WordPress site is up-to-date!
  14. 14. Style the Visual Editor • add_editor_style function to functions.php • Create separate stylesheet dedicated to editor styles • wpfill.me
  15. 15. Make the Admin User Friendly • Theme Customizer • Widgets • Custom Fields
  16. 16. Educate Your Client • Set expectations • Training • Paste as Text button
  17. 17. Thank you! www.TheLovelyGeek.com

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