Markdown is a brilliant way to write content for the web. Here’s a quick overview of the most commonly used Markdown, for your reference.

Let’s start with headings

To make a heading, all you need to do is use # symbols before the heading itself, like this:

# Level 1 heading

## Level 2 heading

### Level 3 heading

#### Level 4 heading

##### Level 5 heading

##### Level 6 heading

If you’re like me and you want something that looks a little bit more like an actual heading, while you’re writing your article, you can also pop a line of = or - symbols underneath the heading to make it a level 1 or 2 heading, like this:

Level 1 heading  
================

Level 2 heading
----------------

### Level 3 heading

#### Level 4 heading

##### Level 5 heading

##### Level 6 heading

General in-paragraph highlighting

What about bold, italics and what-not? Easy! Here’s how:

_italic text_
**bold text**

Just wrap the word or phrase you want to italicise or embolden in either underscores or double asterisks!

Lists

Bulleted lists

Bulleted lists are for when you have a list of items and there’s no particular order to them. Just type a plus sign with a space between it and each item, like this:

+ an item
+ another item
+ yet another item
+ one more item

Don’t like plus signs? You can also use minus signs (-) or asterisks (*). I prefer pluses as they stand out better. Asterisks are used for bold and underscores (which look similar to minuses) for italic.

Numbered list

If there’s a definite order to your list items they should probably be numbered, rather than bulleted. All you do is type a number and a full stop, followed by a space and anything you write after that will be part of a numbered list:

1. first list item
2. second list item
3. third list item
4. fourth list item

Links

Links are a hugely important part of the web. Here’s how to link to other web pages in your articles:

[linktext](http://www.example.com)

Surround the text you want to be the link in square brackets and—without a space—write or paste the link to the page you’re referencing in normal brackets. Piece of cake!

There’s also a special way to link to other pages in your site.

Digging deep

If you really want to get into Markdown, a great place to start is with John Gruber’s Daring Fireball website– he’s one of the chaps who developed it and his documentation is extremely thorough!

And, by the way, in case you’re curious: I write all of my blog posts in Markdown. Any questions, just ask ;)