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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Headlines - How To Do Them Right?

    Hello,

    everyone on the net seems to have a different opinion on this subject... do you write headlines in upper case, lower case, or can you freely choose?
    For example, is this correct: "Blue Widgets - How To Use Them In Your Home", or this: "Blue widgets - How to use them in your home", or evn this: "Blue Widgets - How to use them in your Home"?

    Is there even a rule for that? Please help me out, I'm in the process of writing some cool content for my new website and I feel this may make me look dumb as hell

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    Re: Headlines - How To Do Them Right?

    There's no fixed rule. I would avoid using UPPER CASE because it's known as shouting. What looks best on the page? I think Title Case is fine.

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    #3

    Re: Headlines - How To Do Them Right?

    Do not capitalize prepositions or articles when using title case.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Headlines - How To Do Them Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    There's no fixed rule. I would avoid using UPPER CASE because it's known as shouting. What looks best on the page? I think Title Case is fine.
    Do not capitalize prepositions or articles when using title case.
    Err, so... title case means capitalizing everything except for prepositions and articles?

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    Re: Headlines - How To Do Them Right?

    "Blue Widgets - How to Use Them in Your Home."
    I think the example above is OK.
    Last edited by Tdol; 19-Jul-2015 at 10:50. Reason: he -> the

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