How to Show Code on Your Website

You can use HTML to show code on your website, however, to keep things simple, there are shortcuts. This article will teach you four simple ways to show code on your site without using any HTML at all.

1. Use Markdown

Markdown is a popular plain text format for websites. You can use it to format and layout your content however you wish. You can embed images, videos, links, and more within your posts. It’s very easy to use and well-liked among programmers, designers, and other technical people. If you’re looking to spice up your blog post, consider using Markdown.

When editing your posts in Markdown, you can click the preview button to see how your content will look when published. This is helpful because sometimes the HTML is a bit tricky to figure out. You can also use the preview button to easily copy the HTML code for any word or phrase.

2. Use Headers And Paragraphs

When inserting code into your articles, you don’t need to use HTML at all. You can just dump the code directly into your post and use headers and paragraphs to format it. Remember: simpler is better. We all know that HTML can become very complicated, so keeping things simple is essential when learning and using it.

Using headers and paragraphs will make it easier for your readers to follow along. You can use header tags (h1, h2, h3, etc.) to create distinct sections of text within your post. For example, you can have a header tag that reads, “How to Build a Snowball Machine” and then have a bunch of paragraphs following it.

If you want, you can format your code using the <pre> tag. This will wrap your code in literal <pre> elements so that your readers can easily see it. Remember: use shorter, more concise lines whenever possible to make your code more legible.

3. Use BackTicks

BackTicks are another popular way to show code on websites. BackTicks are simply the string of characters that appear before and after your code. For example, this is an acceptable use of back ticks:

“` html

HTML

Some HTML to create a bold heading.

“`

However, this is not:

“` html

HTML

Some HTML to create a bold heading.

“`

BackTicks will not nest, so you have to make sure that your code is encapsulated in a code block. Otherwise, your code will be interpreted as code for the page, not part of your post.

4. Use Brackets

Brackets are used to enclose code. When you put them around your code, it will make it look like a code block. For example, this is acceptable use of brackets:

“` html

HTML

Some HTML to create a bold heading.

“`

This is not acceptable:

“` html

HTML

Some HTML to create a bold heading.

“`

Enclosing code in brackets makes it more legible. Moreover, you can use different colors and fonts for the brackets to make it easier for your readers to find the code they need.

Keep It Simple

Ultimately, you should not be using any of these tricks to show code on your website if you can help it. While these shortcuts will make it easier for you to format your content using HTML, the ideal scenario is to use a WYSIWYG editor to format your post after you’ve written it. Otherwise, you’ll just be inserting code by hand, and that’s never a good idea.