Setting the URL Style for your Articles
Understanding Smart 404 Pages
Adding or Changing Your Profile Image
Switching Between Multiple Accounts
Understanding Top Articles
The HelpDocs Trial
Logging In To Your HelpDocs
Setting Up a Custom Domain
Writing and Editing Articles
Using Quote Blocks
Using Markdown Blocks
Embedding Audio Files
Using Code Blocks
Adding an HTML Block
Getting Started with Content Blocks
Moving an Article to a Different Category
Text Editor Shortcuts
Switching the Editor Mode
Understanding Article Statuses
Adding Tags to Articles
Article Backups, Revisions, and Versioning
Inserting Images into Ordered Lists
Using Ordered Lists
Adding Note, Tip, and Warning Callouts
Understanding Search Results
Linking to a Part of an Article
Getting Started with Taxonomy
Bulk Select & Edit Multiple Articles
Restoring Deleted Articles
Previewing Unpublished Articles
What is Readability?
Adding a Table of Contents
Featuring an Article
Delete a Category
Hiding Articles from Public Search Engines
Downloading Articles to PDF
Incompatible Browser Extensions
Creating a Subcategory
Exporting & Backing Up Your Articles
Collaborating on Articles with Presence
Editing Category Metadata
Setting Up Integrations
Available Commands in Your Slack Workspace
Get Feedback, Activity, and Contact Form Notifications in Slack
Sharing Articles From HelpDocs to Slack
Configuring Your Slack Integration
Installing the Slack Integration
Using HelpDocs with Ticketing Systems
Adding a Feedier Carrier
Connecting Google Analytics
Syncing Content to elevio
Connecting Gainsight PX
Enabling Comments with Disqus
Customizing your HelpDocs
Making Your Printed HelpDocs Look Nicer
Making Video Embeds Responsive
Adding Lightboxes to Images
Disabling Top Articles
Making Tables Scroll When They're Too Wide for the Page
Using a Background Image in the Header
How to Add Extra Spacing
Disabling Related Articles
Using HelpDocs with RTL Languages
Getting Help with Code Snippets
Disabling Authorship and Updated Times
Using Different List Styles
Overriding the Font on Your Knowledge Base
Add HTML Before the Closing Body Tag
How to Change the Logo Link
Customizing Feedback Icons
Custom HTML Templates
Adding Custom Navigation Links
Hiding the Contact Button
Choosing a Template
Changing the Language in Common Phrases
Adding URL Redirects
Adding an Open Graph Fallback Image
Hosting HelpDocs at a Subfolder of Your Site
Setting Article Display Order
Setting Category Display Order
Setting a Custom Favicon
Uploading Your Brand Logo
Understanding the Contact Form
Adding Custom CSS
Featuring a Category
Adding Icons to Categories
Customizing an Article Slug, Meta Description & Short Version
Translating Your Docs
Setting Up Multilingual Docs
Automatically Translate Articles with Machine Translations
Getting Started with Permissioning
Creating and Managing Permission Groups
Assigning Permission Groups to Articles
Assigning Default Permission Groups to Categories
Removing Permission Groups from Articles
Restricting Your Docs to Logged In Users
Shared Password Protection
Restricting Your Docs by IP
Configuring Slack Single Sign On
Accessing User Data in HelpDocs
Using OpenID Connect for Single Sign On
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Restricting your HelpDocs with Custom JWT SSO
Data & Analytics
Getting Team Event History with Audit Trail
Search Click Analytics
Exporting Your Stats
What is the Happiness Score?
What are Tickets Avoided?
Tax Residency Certificates and Forms
Cancelling Your Account
Subscribing to a Plan for the First Time
Invoices and Email Receipts
Updating Your Billing Information
Changing Your Plan
European Union VAT Charges
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Writing Clear and Digestible Knowledge Base Articles
Updated by Jarratt Isted
Getting users to read text is a difficult problem. There's a fine line between an article helping a user become successful or a user finding themselves more confused than they were before.
Here are some tips on writing your articles with users in mind.
Keep articles short and readable
When a user visits your knowledge base they're looking to skim content and find an answer. It's unlikely they will read the whole article, word by word.
With this in mind, keeping articles short and to the point makes sense.
- Aim for < 500 words per article
- Use bulleted lists and/or ordered lists to break up information
- Use categories and subcategories to split up articles
- Keep paragraphs shorter than two sentences
- Use callouts to highlight important or useful information
- Insert images to illustrate a point or add an example
- Longer articles should provide a table of contents for easy navigation
- Use tables for complex information
The structure your article
An article can quickly become out of control if you're not sure what to write. If a user knows what to expect from your format of your articles, it'll be easier for them to read the next when a problem arises.
If you're unsure, here's a simple example of how to write out your articles.
- Introduction. A short snippet about what the article solves for the user.
- What will the article help me with?
- Do I need to know anything before I get started?
- Instructions. An ordered list with step by step instructions on what actions the user needs to take.