Simple Ways to Add HTML to Your ActiveRain Blog - Write - Save - Repeat.....
Learning how every site, blog, page and platform work can be exhausting. Posting to 10 different places your listings, your regional events, your shoe size and what you had for breakfast can be daunting and down right ridiculous if you ask me.
ActiveRain does have some interesting quirks to figure out and this one took me a bit to get. But here is a simple walk through for adding HTML to your blog:
HTML stands for "Hypertext Markup Language" and is basically a computer code for different things such as text size, color and font. Using it on the other hand, for the novice can be confusing.
Before you go to "Write a blog post" from your ActiveRain Main home page go to an online editor program like this:
This is just one site and there are others but this is a simple one. Type your blog. From here you can change colors, fonts, size and add links, graphics, tables, media and heading tags.
Once you are done tweaking your blog post however you want click on the <>html button in the corner or where ever it might be on your editor and copy all the code.
THEN - go to write a blog post and enter your title in the top and click on the HTML tab. It will tell you that you can't go back and forth from WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) format - But it also doesn't you to save in between! DUH!
From the HTML Tab, click paste and then ---- Here's the tricky part, GO TO DRAFT under VISIBILITY. This is the SAVE feature. Then click post. Trust me, if you click draft it will not publish it to the blog roll yet but you will be able to see what your code looks like now. Next to the title it will say (DRAFT) so you know only you is seeing this post.
THEN - If you want to edit, publish, tweak, whatever go back to the edit feature (Next to title) and click on the WYSIWYG tab. You can click ok to the warning box because you have already saved it. It will pull up as a smaller box which I don't know why so I go back to DRAFT and post it, then BACK in to edit and it will be the regular box size again. At this point you can move things around, add more pictures, links, whatever you want. Then always DRAFT it again to look over it, read it for grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and go back to edit. Then once you like the way it's laid out, click "Public" or "Members only" in the Visibility box and boom, there it is!
Yes, I know it's a lot of back and forth but I like to make sure I am really ready to send my posts out into the world before I click post.
So I hope this wasn't too confusing, but remember whichever form you paste it in, DRAFT (SAVE) it first, post it, then go back and edit it. Hope this helps. Have a Productive Day!