So you've been reading dev.to and you're ready to post. Great! Here's how to do that, and what to expect next:
If you don't already have an account on DEV, you'll need one to post. Sign Up Here
Once you sign in, there will be a big green button in the upper right corner that says "Write a Post" - click it!
Most of the time, people will only see your title - and they will have to decide to click or not based just on that. So make your title stand out! Tell the readers exactly what they will get from the post, and then deliver on that promise.
Here's an example of what your post will look like:
Tags are super important! Readers on DEV can follow certain tags, so appropriately tagging your posts will get your posts in the feeds of the most people (who actually want to read that content!)
For tag ideas, check the left sidebar of DEV once you're logged in. You'll be able to see tags you follow, as well as other popular tags on the site (example below)
You can also see the all time most popular tags
Click on the "add images" button in the post editor to open the image adding dialog, then choose a file to upload as your cover images. Cover images give visual interest to your post, plus they show up on Twitter if someone tweets out a link to your post!
Here's the fun part :) You can write your post directly in the DEV editor, or copy and paste from somewhere else - but here's where you get to tell people what you want to tell them!
DEV uses markdown to format text in the posts, and they have a handy Editor Guide
It has a lot of great stuff in that guide, so check it out! Including how to format code by using three backticks:
And how to embed things like links to codesandbox or other DEV posts.
One thing that took me a minute to figure out the first time was how to actually add images to the body of a post.
Use the same image upload button as in step 4, but then use the "Body Images" upload box. Then: wait a second for it to upload.
Once it's done, there will be a markdown snippet with a link to your uploaded image. Copy that, and paste it right into the DEV editor! Change the alt tag (inside the square brackets) to something descriptive, and you're good to go.
Once you're done with a post, it's easy to get excited and just publish - but I recommend reading through the post at least once in "Preview" mode.
Click "Preview" at the bottom of your screen to see the formatted post.
You're done - time to publish!
Click the link at the bottom, and your post will be LIVE!
DEV doesn't review your post before it goes out or anything - so when you click publish, make sure you're ready for people to read it.
You're officially a poster on DEV :)
If you run into any problems or have questions about the posting process - feel free to ask them below. I'll respond!
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