A web developer and designer always want to work on WordPress. It is one of the great CMS platforms, where you can develop a top-notch website with ease. But sometimes, it becomes just a bit too complicated to handle it due to some common issues that exist while writing the coding.Relying on the nature of your WordPress blog, most of the times you’ll want to use some sort of code like HTML, PHP, and CSS within your posts. The biggest challenge is to enable the code to look as code without ruining the structure of the rest of the post.
In this blog, we are going to solve the 10 common issues while coding in WordPress.
In the WordPress default editor, you can see the two options: HTML or Visual. When you see the Visual editor, the code will look the same as ordinary text. Thus, it will convert a < character into &It. It will save the code from being elucidated by a web browser.
Compared to HTML code, none of these characters is transformed. So, if you use both the HTML and CSS, then this code WILL be accepted by your browser. It can create a mess with your layout. Therefore, it is necessary to find the solutions that can help you while writing code in a WP site.
Let’s highlight some common problems:
1. Try to Use <code> in your Posts: You can represent the code, using the <code> tag in the posts. For an example: <code>sample text</code>. With this sample, the text will appear like a code sample but the situation gets complicated if you use an actual code.
This is how it looks written in code, in your text tab:
2. Transform some part of the code into character entities: If you use this code: <code><div id=”menu1”></code>, then WordPress might assume that the code written between the <code> tags is for formatting. It could create a real problem in your layout.
In order, to solve this issue, you need to convert the symbols into the HTML codes. For example, the “<” symbol cab be transformed into &It;. After doing this, your code would be entered as: <code>&It;div id =”menu1”><code>.
3. Write URL’s within Paragraphs: If you pen down text for a link like this: http:/xyz.net/?page_id=1, then WordPress will convert the text into a link. If you want to solve this, you need to change the slashes “/” into extended characters.
Then you have to write the code like this:
4. You can use the <pre> Tag: Usually, the <pre> tag asks the browser to use a monospaced font and to represent what is lurking inside the <pre> tags. If your text is long, then you will need to put breaks or the text will disappear from the page:
font:10px Arial Narrow;
5. Issues with Code: One of the common problems that exists is the use of quotes in the text. However, you can solve this problem by using the <pre> or <code> tags. But, you can also replace the quotes with their corresponding character entities. So, the code is written as: <div id=”footer”>
You can rewrite it as: <div id: "footer " >
6. Apply Pastebin to your code: If you want to style your code for WordPress, then copy the code into Pastebin.
7. Convert the code into an image: You can use Techsmith SnagIt to develop a screen capture of the code. In fact, you can upload the image in the post. It will not encounter any of the issues.
For example: when a screen capture retains code highlighting, then it may also create a microscopic result withs lengthy text. It is simply fixed by optimizing the user interface then copying the text.
8. Utilize GitHub Gist: With this, you can simply share the code with others.
Give the name to the file, select the language and paste in the code, keep the ACE editor enabled, select the style of indent, and click on Create secret Gist or you can also Create Public Gist.
9. Use HTML Codes: You can check out the HTML Codes page for different characters and symbols.
10. Make a use of Fun Character Entities: You may have seen odd symbols that pop ups again and again on many WordPress sites. These symbols appear mostly in the navigation links. The symbols are called HTML character entities. They are produced by a strange looking code on the web page. Usually, these pieces of codes are interpreted by your browser as symbols.
Hopefully, the tips and solutions mentioned in this blog post will help you while coding your WordPress site. However, placing your code in order to showcase properly in WordPress is complicated. So despite our tips and simple solutions, there might always be a hurdle as coding requires quite some patience.
If you have any thoughts, solutions of your own – we’d love to hear them. Let us know in the comments below!