How to use Write.as

Get started on our simple, text-based writing platform.

Everything on Write.as is based around plain text. Formatting happens with text; adding images happens with text. Even embedding videos and other multimedia happens with text.

In short, we use a special kind of standard syntax called Markdown that lets you format text (like I just did) with a few special characters. Here's what it looks like:

# Header 1
## Header 2
### Header 3

* Bulleted
* List

1. Numbered
2. List

**Bold** and _Italic_ and `Code` text

[Link](https://writeas.com)
![Image](https://i.snap.as/rICBDh1.png)

(horizontal rule):
---

If you put that in the Write.as editor and press publish, you'll see this:

Header 1

Header 2

Header 3

  • Bulleted
  • List
  1. Numbered
  2. List

Bold and Italic and Code text

Link

Image

(horizontal rule):


Write.as also does its best to support the exact spacing you put in your posts.

So you can freely add new lines.

And even get creative with your s p a c i n g

Our goal is to be as intuitive as possible, using that thing your already have your hands on — your keyboard. Don't be afraid to try out different things and see how they work!

Sticking with our text-based nature, Write.as lets you easily group your posts together with hashtags. Add one at any point in your post, like #this, and it'll automatically be linked to a special page that shows all posts containing that hashtag.

You can also add as many hashtags as you want to your posts, with any kind of capitalization:

#tutorial #HowTo #organization #WriteAs

As mentioned in our previous post, you can add photos with a little Markdown:

![Image](https://i.snap.as/rICBDh1.png)

This inserts an image in your post, pulled from the given URL, that will read “Image” to anyone using a screen reader. We'd highly advise writing something more descriptive here, to help out any visually impaired users.

In order to get a URL for your image, it'll need to be hosted somewhere on the internet. We have an integrated photo hosting platform called Snap.as that'll let you do exactly this — Pro users get it as part of their subscription, and can connect their account here.

Once you have a Snap.as account, you can use the browser extension (available for Chrome and Firefox) to upload a photo and quickly add it to your post, like this:

Read more about this on the Snap.as blog.

#tutorial #HowTo #photos #SnapAs