I’ve recently gotten several questions along this line, so I thought it would be helpful to have a reference page to show people how to format their comments. All content on a web page is rendered with HTML, so we can use HTML tags to handle basic text formatting. ** Notice that these tags work like parentheses — your content goes inside them. Also notice that the closing tag is identical to the opening tag, EXCEPT there is a “/” at the beginning of the word or letter.
If you’d like to make part of your text bold, simply do this:
<strong>This text is bold</strong>
And you get this: This text is bold
If you’d like to italicize something, simply do this:
<em>This text is italicized</em>
And you get this: This text is italicized (** the “em” stands for “emphasis”)
To underline, try this (may not work on all sites):
<u>This text is underlined</u>
And you get this: This text is underlined
Sometimes, when you’re writing a sentence, it’s fun to give the impression that you started to write one word, but then chose another. You can accomplish that in this way:
Ah, what an <del>insipid</del> insightful comment!
And you get this: Ah, what an
insipid insightful comment!
If you want to insert a famous quote, or just quote something that was said in a previous comment, do this:
<blockquote>Four score and seven years ago...</blockquote>
And you get this:
Four score and seven years ago…
If you’d like to insert a link to another page, you can do that too by using an “anchor” tag. But be careful — too many links and WordPress will think your comment is spam.
And you get this: Google
Just remember to always put in your closing tag, or things will start to look really funky! Hope this helps — happy commenting!
Images and Videos
WordPress has actually made it pretty easy to post images and videos. Initially, I thought this functionality was disabled, because it doesn’t allow the HTML tags for them, but all you have to do is post the link to the image or video that you’d like to reference, and it will show up. That’s literally all you have to do. Find a video or image, and paste its URL into a comment.
Edit: When I’m writing HTML, I often find it useful to go ahead and type in the closing tag right after I’ve typed in the opening tag. Then I go back and put whatever content I need in between them. I’ve found that cuts down tremendously on the number of mistakes I would otherwise make.