How to Add a Subheading in WordPress

Last updated: December 20, 2021

With over 2 million downloads a year, and over 455 million sites using WordPress, it has become one of the most popular software for web publishing on earth and is used around the world for a variety of purposes, including creating blog content. One of the reasons it has become so popular is because it offers many tools and plugins that give its users a great amount of control and customizability. 

However, using WordPress comes with a slight learning curve, and many features aren’t clearly explained. One feature that can cause confusion is add a subheading. If you are new to WordPress, or aren’t sure how to do this, continue reading to find out. 

The Classic Editor

If you are using the Classic Editor in WordPress, the method of adding subheadings isn’t all that obvious, since there is no option to just add one. The first thing that you will want to do is look to the left to find the WordPress dashboard, and then select Plugins -> Add New and then search for something called TinyMCE Advanced, and activate it once installed. 

What this will do is add an extended toolbar which contains more options, including one that will allow you to add subheadings, as well as edit headings and subheadings. 

The Gutenberg Editor

The Gutenberg Editor is now the default for WordPress. If you’d like, you could also use the method above, or do it another way. 

When adding a new post, you will need to add the first heading (H1), then add a few lines of text to see what you are doing and what everything will look like. Next you will want to click on the plus symbol under the text to the right. Once you have done that, you will then be able to select the type of heading that you want, which for a subheading would be H2. 

In addition, you can select the wheel icon when working on your post, then select Block which will allow you to change the heading level under Heading settings. 

Using Text Editor

Finally, the last method that you can use is by using the Text Editor in the Classic Editor, otherwise known as the Code Editor. This method is probably the easiest once you have memorized the line of code needed, since you won’t need to clock on too many things. 

To do this, click on Text, which is next to the Visual tab, to the right, under the text you have entered for a heading when adding a new post. Then all you need to do is write the subheading title between <h2></h2>. So, it would look something like <h2>This is a subheading </h2>. Once you have typed this enough times, it will start coming naturally to you without thought, and can save quite a lot of time since you won’t need to be clicking on anything, which doesn’t really disrupt the writing process.