Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Ultimate Guide to Markdown and how to publish on your blog.

Markdown is a plain text formatting syntax for writers. It allows you to quickly write structured content for the web, and have it seamlessly converted to clean, structured HTML.

Back in 2004, Apple pundit John Gruber came up with the idea after becoming frustrated by writing long, laborious HTML tags to properly format his content. He devised a simple writing system which would make web based documents both easier to write, and easier to read in their raw state.

use a browser extension (or web app) for your blogs

the Markdown editor powered by PageDown

- Synchronize with Google Drive or Dropbox
- Publish directly on GitHub, Gist, Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr or any SSH server
- Google Drive multiple sign in

Cons: bad function for inserting an image.

> Documents are stored in the browser's local storage, which means they are not shared between different browsers/computers. Furthermore, clearing your browser's data may delete all your local documents.
> Full access to Dropbox or Google Drive is required to be able to import any document in StackEdit. Imported documents are downloaded in your browser and are not transmitted to a server.

StackEdit is a free, open-source Markdown editor based on PageDown, the Markdown library used by Stack Overflow and the other Stack Exchange sites.

### StackEdit can:

 - Manage multiple Markdown documents online or offline
 - Export your documents in Markdown, HTML or PDF and format it using a template
 - Synchronize your Markdown documents in the Cloud
 - Edit existing Markdown documents from Google Drive, Dropbox and your local hard drive
 - Post your Markdown document on Blogger/Blogspot, WordPress, Tumblr
 - Publish your Markdown document on GitHub, Gist, Google Drive, Dropbox or any SSH server
 - Share a link to a Markdown document that renders it in a nice viewer
 - Show statistics about your document
 - Convert HTML to Markdown

### Features:

 - Real-time HTML preview with Scroll Link feature to bind editor and preview scrollbars
 - Markdown Extra/GitHub Flavored Markdown support and Prettify/Highlight.js syntax highlighting
 - LaTeX mathematical expressions using MathJax
 - WYSIWYG control buttons
 - Configurable layout
 - Theming support with different themes available
 - A la carte extensions
 - Offline editing
 - Online synchronization using Google Drive (multi-accounts) and Dropbox
 - One click publish on Blogger, Dropbox, Gist, GitHub, Google Drive, SSH server, Tumblr, WordPress

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