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# 8 Best Markdown Editors for WordPress

Whether you use it to take notes or to create content for your website, there’s no denying the simplicity and ease with which you can use Markdown. The markup language was built to be accessible, after all, and the fact that it’s portable, platform-independent, and widely supported didn’t hurt its adoption rates, either.

Too bad, however, that WordPress core doesn’t come with Markdown support. It being WordPress, however, you can easily find a way around its limitations, especially since Markdown files are so easily translatable into HTML-structured files. All you need is a way to do it – and that’s where the Markdown editors can help.

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## What Is Markdown and Why Would You Need an Editor for It?

Markdown is a markup language – a type of system that lets you choose the formatting for your writing without having to press the “bold” or “italic” or any other icon. Markdown does the same thing as HTML, another very popular markup language, albeit in a different way.

For example, if you’d like to write text in italics using HTML, you’d write it like this:

Markdown is a <i>lightweight</i> markup language.

In a program that supports HTML, that would be displayed like this:

Markdown is a lightweight markup language.

With Markdown, however, there are fewer symbols you need to type to achieve the same thing:

Markdown is a *lightweight* markup language.

This would also display the word “lightweight” in italics when viewed in a program that supports Markdown.

One of the biggest advantages of using Markdown is the fact that it’s easy to write and read, even in a text editor that doesn’t translate the formatting automatically. The syntax is minimally obtrusive, and the fact that you don’t have to use tags might be refreshing enough to make you give it a spin. Plus, Markdown files are easily transferred into HTML files if you use a Markdown editor.

You can also find WordPress plugins that let you use Markdown in WordPress. We’ll show you both the standalone, feature-rich Markdown editors, as well as the Markdown WordPress plugins.

## Caret

Whether you plan to work on a Mac, Windows machine, or a computer running Linux, Caret is a Markdown editor you can count on. With an editor built from scratch and a lot of features meant to help your productivity, this is a great tool for any writer who uses Markdown.

Caret is a kind of work in progress, always getting better. Its editor is, of course, the crown jewel in its offer. The features you can expect to encounter within it include assistance with elements such as tables or lists, auto-completion for life paths, code, or emojis, as well as context actions you can use to fix spelling mistakes or visit links.

## Let’s Wrap It Up!

What Markup editor you choose to use will greatly depend on your budget, personal style, and the type of work you need to do. While this list contains some of the best picks on the standalone market and the crème of Markdown plugins, you might want to keep an eye out for new editors, even if they’re still in beta. Who knows where one that does exactly what you need it to do will come up.