Why can’t I add extra line or paragraph breaks?

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  • #79544

    Is it possible to do do multiple line breaks or paragraph breaks? I am having such trouble! I am attempting to put extra space between an image and the text beneath it.

    In Visual, I tried to add extra space by pressing “enter.”

    In code, I tried <p>, </p>, <p />, <br>,
    … nothing works. To add insult to injury, editor automatically deletes those tags from my posts.

    Why doesn’t wordpress let you add extra line spaces? This is the second theme I’ve tried with this (Jentri). Apparently both themes both think they know so much better than me.

    Thank you.

    #79814

    timethief
    Member

    You can also try &nbsp; and <br/>

    #80114

    multiveg
    Member

    I’ve tried everything – <br> <p> </p>
    Perhaps I should consider moving my blog back to my webpage with my ISP.
    Hmm – notice that the post has even removed some of the tags.

    #80117

    raincoaster
    Member

    When you’re putting in code, you need to put it between back ticks, ` those.

    #80118

    timethief
    Member

    I solved this problem by:
    (1) Creating a draft post with all the text in it and saving it;
    (2) Going to => Users =>My Profile and unchecking the checkbox for the visual rich text editor;
    (3) Editing the post in the standard editor by inserting the desired spaces into the text;
    (4) Saving the post as “private”;
    (5) Viewing the post to see if the spaces you have inserted are there and if they are then publishing the post;
    (6) Turning the text rich editor on again (see 2).

    #80310

    frymaster
    Member

    I’d just like to add that I tried timethief’s method and it didn’t seem to work, and it would be extremely useful if I could enter some code or just simply hitting the enter key worked to create that amount of space.

    #80311

    katm
    Member

    I never got it to work with the WP editor in either mode.

    The only way I can get things spaced the way I want is to write in BlogDesk (an offline editor) and then upload. If I need to change anything I need to edit in BlogDesk as well and upload it again. For whatever reason the editor likes to strip them out.

    Actually I find I prefer BlogDesk as Firefox likes to crash in the middle of me writing out my most profound thoughts.

    #80312

    sulz
    Member

    i get the <br> tag to work all the time, whether in posts or sidebar.

    #80314

    mapmagazine
    Member

    I, perhaps like many of you, am being driven crazy by the uncontrollable formatting of this blog space. I would understand (maybe) if I were trying to do complicated bullet points, indentations, and the like; however, I am simply trying to get a space in between paragraphs! I also have to say that the code I see being generated is bizarre at best. I am a novice programmer (about two years of professional experience), but I can’t make any sense of the code – it seems highly redundant and contradictory.

    I appreciate the posts left by others and will try the suggestions.

    #80315

    frymaster
    Member

    I’d used BlogDesk, and I simply hit enter a couple of times when I wanted a space. katm – I’ve since uninstalled the program, but is there a code part where you entered <br> or <p> that got it to work? If that’s the case, I might need to re-install it.

    #80316

    sulz
    Member

    you should be able to get spaces between paragraphs by a simple pressing of enter. if you can’t do this, i suggest you switch the rich text editor off; i find that when things are not autoformatted, i can make it work the way i want to. i’ve also learnt simple html in the process.

    #80317

    katm
    Member

    @frymaster.

    Yes, there is a code view (they call it source view). I use it when I want to change font colors/size and stuff they don’t provide through the visual editor. You can get at it through the “view” menu.

    I need to migrate away from it though and start hand coding the html. My skills have gotten rusty from lack of use (errr… laziness).

    #80318

    katm
    Member

    @sulz.

    I found that for whatever reason WP likes to strip my inserted line breaks when I edit a post, even if I’m using the code view.

    #80322

    frymaster
    Member

    @katm

    BlogDesk source didn’t work for me. I tried hitting enter a few times between two different <p> tags, as well as using <p> tags plus <br> tags.

    Anybody else have any clue on how to get things to work?

    #80323

    timethief
    Member

    I’m afraid that if you have tried the methods above and they failed then we are all out of suggestions. :(

    #80324

    raincoaster
    Member

    You can put a period followed by Enter, then change the colour of the font on the period to the same as your background colour. That should work. I used to have to do that when I was a newsletter editor and they only gave me Word 2.0

    #80329

    sulz
    Member

    katm: strange, i’ve never had that problem. i don’t use the <br> tag, i just hit enter twice to separate paragraphs. i guess our blogs have their own kinks.

    #80330

    katm
    Member

    @frymaster.

    I think I use <br />.

    But I’ve been able to hit enter a couple times in the visual editor view and have the line breaks show up correctly.

    @sulz

    ::sigh::

    Computers… they all have their own quirks. Either that or the computer gods really like picking on me.

    #80356

    frymaster
    Member

    Yeah, the thing that worked for me was changing the color of a period. The only problem now is that even though BlogDesk says comments and pings are enabled, WordPress doesn’t so when I change that on a post it reverts to the old formatting.

    #80357

    @frymaster
    May I make a suggestion? It works for me quite allright:

    For extra Enters insert into the Code field
    < p align=”left”> </p>
    as many times as you want Enters. Without the extra spacing between < and p, of course, and don’t forget the ; after nbsp.

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