HTML in Your ActiveRain Posts - It's Easier Now!

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update 2014 - the article below shows the old toolbar - notice the button shown here to see the new way to get to see the HTML view of your document


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The recent update for ActiveRain now allows you easier access to the HTML view on your blog posts. There used to be two tabs WYSIWYG and HTML to switch back and forth. BUT before you clicked on a tab, you had to save the post (to Draft) and then go back into the edit mode and then pick the tab to change views. That was a lot of extra steps!

Now we have an HTML button that will pop up the HTML view. You can make your edit and then close the pop up view to see the immediate change.

Now the question,
why would you want to go to HTML?

There are certain types of things that you can embed in your blog posts where you get the source code from other sites. Two of my favorite things to embed are YouTube videos and Google Maps. Once you get the source HTML code from these sites copied onto your clipboard, you come back to AR and post it (in the new HTML view).

HTML code can be a little intimidating when you don't know how to read it (it really isn't so bad once you understand). Don't sweat it, you DON'T HAVE TO LEARN HTML to use it. You have your snippet of code waiting on your clipboard, you just need to give yourself a bit of placeholder text to know where to insert it. I like the phrases "MAP HERE" or "VIDEO HERE" (tip: caps helps it to stand out). Put this text in your blog post in the normal view. When you switch to HTML view, just look for the placeholder text and simply highlight the text and then paste the HTML code to overwrite the placeholder text. That's it. Close the HTML view and check out your results.

Thank you ActiveRain for implementing new updates to make our blogging easier!

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Kathleen Emhof
Buffalo, Amherst, Orchard Park and Western New York - Buffalo, NY
Home Staging and Redesign, Experts in Transition

Worked like a charm, Craig!  Thanks!

(I love learning new stuff from you--please keep posting!)


Oct 23, 2012 12:04 AM #88
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA
Very valuable information for people like me Not technically inclined. Thank you for sharing this great tip
Oct 27, 2012 07:21 AM #89
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hope you are OK, Craig, looks like it was an awful storm.

Oct 29, 2012 11:11 PM #90
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

thanks for checking in Gabe - weathered the storm ok - now for NYC infrastructure to get back together again!

Oct 30, 2012 03:54 AM #91
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Craig, I just came to write a post and couldn't find the HTML tab. I searched in AR knowing that someone would have written something about it and there you were!

Oct 30, 2012 05:25 AM #92
Suzi Sandore
RealtyONEGroup - San Diego, CA
North County San Diego Homes

Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this!! I had a video to add to my post for today and was very distressed that I couldn't find the old HTML tab! I decided to do a search and your post was the first one to come up. I've embedded my video, posted my blog and can now move with my day!

Nov 05, 2012 05:13 AM #93
Suzi Sandore
RealtyONEGroup - San Diego, CA
North County San Diego Homes

Craig, I just noticed that were from Staten Island. You might find the blog I just posted, This Is How We Roll... kind of interesting. We don't want you guys to ever think you've been forgotten. 

Nov 05, 2012 05:19 AM #94
Paula Bradfield
Bradfield Ramsey Group - Salida, CO
Your Salida Colorado area Realtor Team

OMG Graig, you make is soooo understandable! Thank you. Make it a great day.

Nov 07, 2012 06:46 AM #95
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Craig - it is so much easier to blog nowdays with AR. No more switching back and forth or forgetting to save the post to draft before switching to HTML. Now if technology would just blog for me...

Nov 20, 2012 12:31 AM #96
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Craig - what a great idea to use place holder text so you know where to post... I had never thught of that but I will now utilize  going onward..

Nov 29, 2012 09:38 PM #97
Andrew Monaghan
The Monaghan Group - Glendale, AZ
CRS, GRI, EPro Associate Broker

thank you for the help


Dec 05, 2012 11:36 PM #98
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

Craig, when I copy and paste, I get a blue screen and am unable to paste the code, this happens on the links too, can you tell me what I must have enabled or disabled?

Dec 13, 2012 02:25 AM #99
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN
Thanks for this great information, Craig!!!
Dec 19, 2012 01:33 PM #101
Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team

I wanted to let you know that I am really into the HTML code and I am loving it.  It is so much easier.  Now I need to take some time to remember how to change text colors and other bumps to my post.

Happy New Year.

Dec 31, 2012 06:51 PM #102
Judith Ritter
Dirt Road Real Estate - Prescott, AZ
Rural Land & Homes Specialist

Thank you for teaching so clearly.  That is genius.  I just recently had to figure out how to change lot sizes from square foot to acres in HTML code and now am not intimidated any more.  I will use this soon.


Feb 17, 2013 10:04 PM #103
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker
I've been using this for a while now and absolutely love it. It makes adding HTML code super easy.
Mar 08, 2013 11:57 AM #104
Wika Hutchinson
Eugene, OR
Great post! Thank you for sharing the tips Craig.
Mar 12, 2013 03:22 PM #105
Jill Winchel
Royal Shell Real Estate - The Koffman Group - Cape Coral, FL
We make it easy. You make it home.

Great post. I haven't embedded videos yet but want to do a map today so I'll use your suggestion. Thanks.

Jun 20, 2013 07:48 AM #106
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Thank you Craig...I just noticed the old WYSIWIG was gone and was trying to figure things I just searched HTML here on AR and arrived at your post!!!!

Oct 18, 2013 04:30 AM #107
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Craig, excellent tip. I haven't added any HTML snippets to any blog posts, but at least I know how now. It seems AR has done a good job to make it a lot easier for us.

Apr 05, 2014 10:23 AM #108
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