Do you draft your blog posts in Word and then copy them over to your blog? Do your blog posts have a different text style? Have you had any coding/layout issues on your blog? This post is just briefly to explain why you should avoid using programs like MS Word to draft your blog posts. Numerous times someone will come to me with a problem on their blog and this will be the cause whether it be odd text styles, weird HTML in posts, sidebar appearing below posts or other strange things happening to the layout.
Why you shouldn’t copy and paste from Word to your blog?
When you write in Word, a lot of formatting code is added to your text that you don’t see. When you copy it over to WordPress, Blogger or another platform this formatting gets copied over too and can cause a whole load of problems on your site from messing up the look of your blog,along with not showing posts on home page, to moving around your layout and even causing your blog to not load! This can also happen when you copy text from emails, another blog or website or other word processor applications. Even if you just write in Word without changing the font or formatting at all, it will still copy over code as shown in the example below.
How to avoid excess formatting?
The safest way is to write your blog posts in a Text Editor (such as NotePad,WordPad for windows and TextEdit for Mac). If you do use Word, paste it into the Text Editor first and copy it from there, the Text Editor should remove the formatting. If you really need to use Word you can take advantage of the “remove formatting” in your post editor toolbar although this doesn’t always remove the entire code so you may have to manually remove the rest.