WordPress may be a great blogging platform; and so may be the case with some other blogging environments as well. Unfortunately blogging still has not come down to the state where content writers can fluently write and publish formatted content. This is due to the fact that writing content or posts in the case of blogs refers to including some HTML (along with the text) tags as well that gets stored in the Content Management System (CMS) such as WordPress.
The basic formatting needs, inclusion of pictures or linking to other sites/documents etc are usually assisted by simple editors provided by the blogging platform. But sometimes, one needs to know a little more than that to produce posts that look great and are search-engine friendly as well. To make things worse, the formatted content may not be compliant across themes and platforms.
H3 or H4?
H1, H2, H3, H4 etc refers to the tags that represent the main title and further sub headers and sub-titles. For a well structured post (depends on the blog theme) the post title should be wrapped within H1 tag. Most themes have the sidebar categories or sub sections marked with H2. But there’s no clear guidance on whether one should use H3 or H4 for sub sections within a post. I have seen many themes using H3 and some others H4. What happens when one switches the theme? This is one of the areas that needs to be somehow standardized or guidelines made available (In fact, a lot of people use the strong tag instead of H3 or H3 and that makes the post look too simple and unformatted)
Need essential tags in the editor
While the essential tags come with the blog visual editor interface, many essential tags such as abbr, pre are more or less essential for the current blogging needs. The blog platforms need to consider including them in their subsequent releases and provide simple to interfaces to access these features.
Plaform independent blog content
There are several people who migrate their blog content from one platform to another (e.g. blogger to WordPress). Many times it so happens that a blogger adapts to a style of formatting that looks great on his current theme and blog platform. What if the content has to be migrated to another platform? Manytimes this necessitates editing the target platform theme to accommodate ill-formatted source platform content. This essentially means that there has to be some kind of formatting guidelines to be followed across various platforms as well.
Over to you…
The above mentioned are some of the issues that I have faced or noticed myself. Probably I was using bad themes and wrong ways of formating. What about you?
Do you use the Visual Editor or HTML editor while editing your posts?
Do you use either of H3 or H4 tags within your posts for sub-titles? Or is it that strong tag is used for sub-titles?
Have you ever felt like editing and formatting some of your posts after a theme change? If so, do you think that the themes need to be more standardized beyond their look and feel but more in terms of structure?