Quick Tip: Don't double space after a period in WordPress!

Last Update: October 30, 2015

So, we were all taught in English class that you should always type a period and then two spaces before starting your new sentence. Well, not in WordPress because apparently WordPress doesn't like it. I started noticing indentations on my page if the new sentence lined up to the left, and I have noticed it on many other websites on which I have left comments or feedback.

Just remember: One space after a period in WordPress.

Happy Websiting!


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NWTDennis Premium
It's a habit that has been hard to break. Thanks for the heads up.
Cirian Premium
Hi Shannon,

I learned the double-space too but just like you said WordPress and certain other things don't like it and indent your sentences. I'm pretty sure my habit hasn't died out in Google Docs yet... or has it? (It's been a few months since I used that, haha).

My rule of thumb for spacing / text size / colour of all kinds is to sort of sit back and unfocus my eyes a bit and just see how things are clustered and if it feels right. It's funny how writing creates habits.
GreatTimes52 Premium
There is a lot of fine tuning that needs to be addressed in wordpress I agree but overall it really is not that bad....It just needs some specialized attention.
HelenpDoyle Premium
Techhound in fact it is totally correct. The double space is to emphasise the beginning of a sentence so it stands out a bit. Modern usage is not to use it and frankly that does make reading a bit monotonous in form!
techhound Premium
Hey Shannon, I have always used a double space after using a period before starting a new sentence. After doing a fair amount of freelance writing lately, I have come to learn that it is not at all correct. It turns out single space after the period is the only grammatically correct form.

Best Regards,
dstaple1490 Premium
Jim, I can see the sales copy headlines now: "15 things your English teacher does not want you to know"! LOL! Dave.