Markdown in WordPress Comments and Posts with WP-Markdown

Markdown | WP Markdown

If there’s one thing nerds like, it’s Markdown, the simplified markup language that converts into HTML. It’s the difference between typing out, for example, <strong>something</strong> (HTML) and __something__ (Markdown)—a fair number of characters, especially over a lot of post authoring.

A client who has a very technical site wants Markdown pretty much everywhere, and so I’ve finally been looking into solutions for WordPress. I’m happy to say that WP-Markdown is pretty cool. You turn it on, and select which post types you want to be authoring using Markdown rather than the default editor. For those post types, both the “Text” and “Visual” editors are replaced by a Text-looking editor that expects Markdown. It renders flawlessly into HTML on the front end—I wrote this article using it. It works on comments on the site’s front end, too.

Have a look!

2 Responses


  • Don Kiely says:

    Thanks for the suggestion! But that plugin hasn’t been updated in more than three years. That is usually a really big red flag that it’s been abandoned. Any idea if it is still being maintained?


    • Fred Meyer Fred Meyer says:

      Thanks for pointing that out – you’re right!

      It certainly doesn’t look to be under active development or actively supported. One thing I will say is that some plugins that hook onto very stable parts of WordPress’s codebase and do something very specific don’t need updates often. But three years is definitely a while. :)

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