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:
0. Sign Up
If you don't already have an account on DEV, you'll need one to post. Sign Up Here
1. Click "Write a Post"
Once you sign in, there will be a big green button in the upper right corner that says "Write a Post" - click it!
2. Pick a Good, Descriptive Title
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:
Chris Achard ・ Sep 4 '19 ・ 3 min read
3. Add Some Tags
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
4. (Optional) Choose a Cover Image
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!
5. Write 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!
6. Add Some Formatting
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.
7. Add Images in the Body of a Post
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.
8. Review Your Post in Preview Mode
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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Top comments (33)
Write about anything you like, it doesn't have to be mega complicated or technical.
There are more beginners out there than you think. Many people are a few steps behind you and happy to read what helped you to understand things.
Awesome comment dude!
You can also enjoy the power of GIT to have versions on your posts, Prettier to format your Markdown post, Github so that people can fix your posts by making a PR and many more by using my-dev-to template 😊 dev.to/maxime1992/manage-your-dev-...
however to me it is not clear how to add highlight for the code template ?
By default in Markdown you can write with 3
`the begining of a code block and the end with 3
`however also at the beginning you can write the language for highlight which doesnt seems to work.
Example of markdown with highlight not in dev.to but in general :
So can you explain how to paste a code block WITH a highlight intext in the post.
... oh weird! I just wrote this comment about how it should work, but then it didn't for me... I'm looking into it; not sure what's going on
Does that work for you?
We should add this to the markdown ? btw when writing post :))
Sometimes it looks it doesnt work .. its weird but now it works.. :) weird !
now in the post I have
`*3 times but here bellow when trying I am typing just 3 times without SPACES and I got it !
weird why it wasn't working above.
Thanks for the tutorial Chris.
Note; I published my first post here but I noticed that my article contains noindex/nofollow tags. Not sure why so?
Anyways I think my article is visible to dev community members. :)
Glad it helped!
Hm; not sure about the noindex/nofollow - (would be a question for the DEV team perhaps).
Chris, I can't tell you how many people I've pointed here to use this tutorial. Thank you for writing such handy documentation! 😀
By the way, would it be cool with you if we add the tag #meta to this?
Awesome! And sure :)
How can you add a drscription for your post?
What type of description are you looking to add? I only know about the title and tags; plus you can add a cover image that will show up on twitter, etc.
Some of the "descriptions" you see might just be the first few lines of the post?
Hmm well i am talking about this key "description"
curious as of how it can be filled?
Huh! Not sure actually :) @ben might know maybe? (don't know if @ mentions work here)
I know this post is quite old but I just had the same question.
If you don't do anything then it just takes the first few lines of your article by default. If you want to set a custom description then there are two options that I could find. Option 1 seems much better to me.
Remove the ' before the --- below, I just added it before the --- to stop markdown reformatting it.
Add a frontmatter section containing a description field to the top of the article (it will only be visible in edit mode):
description: A great article about how to set the description of an article on dev.to
Change the editor to basic markdown on this page: dev.to/settings/ux. When you do that new posts will have this at the top when in edit mode. However then you have other things that you need to set manually that you :
After setting that description field I see the custom description in the API.
Thanks Dandy :) I've had a few beginners actually ask me about it, which is why I made the post! - So yes, it's pretty straightforward, but still can be daunting if you haven't written a post before 😀
Can't see the 'Write a Post' section ???
Do you mean you can't see the "write a post" button in the navbar? There's also a "write a post" link if you hover over your profile picture in the upper right... does that work?
Ah! Seen it. Thanks.
Thank you so much for this post! I have been on Dev for a long while but not until this post did I realize there was an
imagebutton at the bottom as an option to add in an image.
Most importantly... Just post it
Definitely! DEV's a great place to post, even if you're nervous - so just post it :)
I followed like you but image not rendering in preview mode
Hm, perhaps try to upload it again, and copy the image tag again? Sometimes I find it does weird things with image uploads.
Hi there...am facing a challenge whereby l can't set my profile picture to be dynamic on my react app l am developing
How to leave a space when I write article in dev.to??
dev's markdown processor accepts HTML, so you can write: <br /> to get a blank line
Good guide! Happy to be on DEV 👋🏼