Headings are used to divide your page up into sections. You shouldn't use headings just to change the size of your text (use the editor's font size menu to do this instead).

Headings are useful because they make it easier for visitors and search engines to understand the content of your page and find what they are looking for. For example, you'll see that we have used three headings to divide this page: "How headings work", "To add headings to your page" and "To change headings back to normal text". 

 

How headings work

There are six levels of headings available from heading 1 (the most important) to heading 6 (the least important). Although there are six levels of heading available, many sites only use the first three.

The headings are designed to be used in order starting with the most important and then using the less important headings as necessary.

Your page title is automatically formatted as heading 1 (as it is the most important heading on the page). If you use headings to divide your page into sections, you can either continue to use heading 1 (if they are as important as the title) or heading 2 (if they aren't quite as important - we normally use heading 2 to divide our pages). 

If you need to sub-divide the sections, you'd use the next heading down. So if your sections use heading 2, the sub-sections would then use heading 3 (and if these needed dividing into sub-sub-sections they'd use heading 4 and so on).
 

The system won't stop you using headings out of order (for example using heading 3 without using heading 2) but generally it isn't a good idea to do so.


How to add headings to your page

  • Open your page for editing
  • Select the text that you want to be a heading by dragging your mouse across it
  • Click the format menu (top left of the editor) and then click on the heading that you want to use.
    Format menu 

Note that when you format something as a heading, this affects the whole paragraph (you can't have part formatted as a heading and the rest as something else). Before you format your heading, make sure that it is on its own line - this will prevent you accidentally changing more text than you meant to!

 

To change headings back to normal text

  • Select the text that you want to change by dragging your mouse across it
  • Click the format menu (top left of the editor) and then click on paragraph (this is the standard formatting for normal text).