Ian Lurie // Apr 20 2011
This is a tip that’ll either:
I recommend E-Text Editor for the same tools on Windows. However, I’ve been told that NotePad++ isn’t bad, either. Windows folks, if you have recommendations, post ’em down below.
It’s easy to learn (far easier than HTML, if you haven’t already learned HTML). It’s also far easier to format your post while you write it, because Textile commands are far ‘lighter’—translate that to easier to use—than their HTML cousins. Best of all, you can convert a Textile document to a nicely-formatted HTML document in about 10 seconds.
In the process, a text editor like TextMate will:
Then you can just cut and paste it all into your blogging software, add any images or photos, and you’re good to go.
Here’s what this post looked like in Textile before I converted it:
Then I clicked “Textile >> Convert to HTML” and voila! An HTML-formatted post.
And, of course, you can see how it looks in HTML. You’re reading that right now.
Sometimes the little tips are what count. Give this a shot. Even if you know HTML like the back of your hand, I’ll bet you’ll find that for writing blog posts, Textile is easier.
Ian Lurie is founder and CEO of Portent Inc., an internet marketing agency that has provided internet marketing, including PPC, SEO, social and analytics services, since 1995. Read More