Does anyone know how to consistently add blank or empty lines within a WordPress post? Seems like such a common and simple thing but for the life of me I can’t figure it out. And I’m not the only person struggling with this issue. If you do a quick Google search, you’ll find many people asking this same question.
How can this have been missed? Almost everyone wants to add empty or blank lines to format their text. Often you need to add a little bit of white space to make the post look clean. But in WordPress it seems like they’ve gone to the ends of the world to make this an impossible and death defying feat! I just don’t get it.
If you enter in blank lines in the WYSIWYG editor, as soon as you click on the save or publish button, all the empty lines disappear. All your text gets crunched up again. Type them back in and save. Poof! Like magic, gone. What’s up with that?
What about manually coding them in the html view you ask, which by the way is wrong since the goal of WordPress WYSIWYG editor is to abstract this html knowledge out of your daily repertoire (you shouldn’t need to know html to be a blogger, although it really really helps). No can do. I’ve tried everything! I’ve tried <br> statements. I’ve tried <br> </br>. I’ve tried <p></p>, <p> </p>. I’ve tried everything and nothing works. As soon as you hit the save or publish button, that code disappears into the never land.
So how does one add an empty line in a WordPress post? I have no idea. You could try looking for support on WordPress.org or support on WordPress.com, but neither has a consistent solution. The only somewhat related solution someone’s found is to increase your paragraph spacing in CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) which is not the solution I’m looking for. I want empty lines, between images, between paragraphs and images, in other words any block of content. A simple request you would think.
How can this be so difficult? If I’m struggling with this others have to be too. My big question is why? It seems like such a common thing that I just can’t but ask how this could be such a difficult task. Does anyone know of a consistent solution?