So if you have decided to register as a contributing writer then we are providing you with access to a fantastic editing tool to aid with your article preparation.

Go to ghost.org for more insight

Or better still sign into your account once you have it set up and just get started.

The following is a rough guide to many of the key features available through this powerful & versatile writing app.

Plenty of writing tools!

You have a choice of 4 official writing tools, one is via your web browser, you then have  three official apps from which to chose: Linux, Mac and Windows

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A new editing experience on decentralize.today


This is an entirely new editor and while the format may well look familiar, in this case it's also both open source and extensible. This is a seemingly regular formatting toolbar but this new editor version has some very neat twists.


Dynamic cards

Online writing gives us access to utilizing multiple content sources and types ranging from  text to rich media. The new editor helps you pull in blocks of content like photos, videos, tweets and embeds to help you enhance and illustrate your piece.

Inserting cards can be triggered with a + menu, but there's a  /  command to help you  insert content without having to depart from the keyboard.

Privacy with non-privacy tools!

One of the best new features if you are a privacy-focused writer, is that when wanting to submit your twitter story, instagram or any other material from a 'privacy nightmare' link, we can pull it and replace it with a 'privacy focused' replacement. For example, nitter for twitter, invidio.us for youtube and bibliogram.art for Insty, you write it, we 'privatize' it for you!

Unsplash

Unsplash is a huge directory of high-resolution photographic images from one of the world's most generous community of photographers. You can upload directly, free of charge, into your article and, thanks to the power of Ghost, it will be compressed for speed and reduced loading times automatically.

Privacy driven SEO

For the first time since launching decentralize.today, we will be able to focus on SEO, but not in order to beat Google, but to optimize the site's content for the more privacy focused of the search engines. We will have a chapter on these in the near future and will add the link here once done.

Markdown

Broadly defined as a plain text format for writing structured documents, based on formatting conventions from email and usenet.

Ghost editor allows, among others, the following main conventions to make writing even easier.

Headers:

When creating a header, all you need to do is add a # before your header. For example, #Subject, will make a <h1> (or large) header. You can keep adding up to six # in a row to make the headers smaller.

Emphasis:

In order to add bold, italic, underline or strikethrough to your  text, you just need to wrap that text in a different character. To make  bold, you wrap the words in ** (ex. **Bolded Phrase**). Italic is only one * (ex. *Italic Text*). Strikethrough is ~~ (ex. ~~Strikethrough~~).

There is no syntax for underline, but the editor does accept html, so you could do <u>Underlined</u> if you would like.

In order to insert a link, just type []() into the editor. In the first part of that code, the [], type in the text you want to appear for the link. And in the (), type in the link itself (ex. [Ghost for Beginners](http://ghostforbeginners.com)).

Lists:

Creating a list is very easy. To create a numbered list, just start  typing in the numbers (ex. 1. 2. 3.). In order to make a bulleted list,  just use a * in place of the number.

Reference Lists & Titles

**The quick brown [fox][1], jumped over the lazy [dog][2].**

[1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox "Wikipedia: Fox"
[2]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog "Wikipedia: Dog"

Code:

If you are adding in code, or anything else really that you want in its own box, just add 4 spaces to the beginning of each line you are putting in or wrap all the content in three ticks.

Inline Code:

If you want to use inline code, like how we have been using this whole article, just add ` backticks around your text.

Quote:

If you want to add a quote, you just need to add a > to the beginning of the line, and it will put it into the quote format.

And thats everything you should need with markdown! Now, this is a lot to remember, so Ghost provides all these shortcuts right inside the  editor. It looks like a ? inside of a circle near the top. Use that for any markdown references you may need!

Advanced Markdown

Here we look at some syntax which is not standard to native Markdown.

They're extensions of the language and these code snippets will work anywhere that supports Markdown syntax so they will all work in Ghost, but they may not work in other editors.

So here are some more advanced things you can do with Markdown in Ghost:

Strike-throughs:

\~\~deleted words\~\~

deleted words

Highlights:

==oooh fancy==

oooh fancy

https://dt.gl

https://dt.gl

Markdown Footnotes:

The quick brown fox[^1] jumped over the lazy dog[^2].

[^1]: Foxes are red
[^2]: Dogs are usually not red

The quick brown fox[1] jumped over the lazy dog[2].

Syntax Highlighting:

```javascript
   [...]
```

Code Snippets:

Some text with an inline `code` snippet

Footnotes:

Footnotes can be added inside your text and then referenced later in the post. You can either number the footnotes ([ ^1] (remove the space inside the brackets)), or use n to keep track of the numbering ([ ^n] (remove the space inside the brackets)), or a combination of both.

You can reference the footnote later by using [ ^1]: Some Text (you can use n instead of the number) (remove the space inside the brackets).

Ghost makes writing real fun! Enjoy!