Enabling Jetpack Markdown in WordPress

Date: 10/11/19          Time to read: 2:15
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Markdown lets writers compose posts and comments with formatting that is commonly used by writers or bloggers. It creates an easy way to create rich, media-enhanced text using syntax which is easy to learn and remember. Jetpack Markdown complies with the CommonMark spec, but uses Markdown Extra that includes features. This article covers how to enable markdown in Jetpack for posts and comments in WordPress.

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This article requires that you have the Jetpack plugin loaded for your WordPress site.

How to Enable Jetpack Markdown for Posts and Pages in WordPress

When you enable markdown in Jetpack for WordPress posts or pages you will see the following in the Writing settings page:

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administrator Dashboard.
  2. Click on Jetpack, then click on Settings.
  3. In the Jetpack Settings screen, click on Writing at the top of the page.
  4. Scroll down until you find the Composing section. Click on the slider option labeled “Write posts or pages in plain-text Markdown Syntax.” This will enable markdown for your posts and pages.

How to Enable Jetpack Markdown for Comments in WordPress

If you enable markdown for your comments, then you will see the screen in the Jetpack Discussion settings page:

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administrator Dashboard.
  2. Click on Jetpack, then click on Settings.
  3. In the Jetpack Settings screen, click on Discussion at the top of the page.
  4. Near the top of the screen you should see the section labeled Comments. Scroll down until you see the slider labeled “Enable Markdown use for comments.” Click on the slider to enable the option.

Congratulations! You can now enable (or disable) markdown for your WordPress posts, pages, and comments. To learn more about using markdown, see our Support Center article, Understanding Markdown.

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