The use of space on a web page is needed to properly balance the elements on the page. Too little space and the page will seem overcrowded and “busy” while too much space leaves the impression that there is little worth saying.

I’m using space here to mean a couple of things. It can be the space between lines of text or the space between elements on the page. For this post, we’ll restrict ourselves to the use of space as it relates to text. The next post will deal with the latter topic.

You may find yourself working on a web page and having trouble with spacing out the lines properly. You need to include a line break (or carriage return) but for some reason its being ignored in the text you’ve entered. For example, you would like the sentence “This paragraph ends on this line. And a new paragraph begins here” to look more like this:

This paragraph ends on this line.
And a new paragraph begins here.

Line Breaks and Non-breaking Spaces

The way to introduce a line break wherever you want it is to use the code “<br />” at the appropriate place. This is the HTML code for a line break. It will force a new line wherever its entered, no questions asked.

Another kind of space is the non-breaking space. You use it when you need to space out characters or words in a line. As I’m sure you’ve all discovered HTML ignores spaces so when you type “one      two      three” it appears on your page as:
“one two three”.

You can use the non-breaking space code (&nbsp;) to include the number spaces you want between letter, numbers, words, etc. If you would like 3 spaces between characters you will need to repeat the code three times (i.e &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;)

Please remember that in order to effectively use any of these codes, you have to be on the “Text” tab in the WordPress editor.

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Presbyterian Outlook

A couple of weeks ago, the Presbyterian Outlook (the Presbyterian Church USA’s magazine) gave me the opportunity to write a guest commentary on website strategy. If you would like to read the article, please click HERE and let me know what you think!

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