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Dev.to Writing: Making a Series!

kallmanation profile image Nathan Kallman ・2 min read

In response to the cry for help:

Here's everything you need to know about series on Dev.to!

Making a series

If you remember from the previous article, there's two editors here on DEV.

For the Basic markdown editor, simply add series: My Series Name to the front matter (aka the stuff between the dashes --- at the top).

For the Rich + markdown editor, click the Post options button at the bottom of the editor (the little circle with a hexagon around it).

Dev.to editor buttons, including the Post options button

Then, enter a new value in the "Series" input box to create a new series, or click one of your already ongoing series.

Dev.to Post option pop-up editor

And you've made a series!

Actually making a series

If you preview or publish your first series post, you may notice something.

Nothing happened.

This is because Dev.to will only include that nice series list at the top and bottom of the article (as you can see on this one) once there are at least two published posts in the series. (This also applies to new unpublished posts in the series; in preview they will not appear in the list and only appear once they are published).

It makes sense, but probably is not intuitive the first time you try to make a series.

So to actually make a series, you will need to actually write a series (of posts :) ).

And you may return to old, already published posts and edit them to add them to a series. So if you've written a "standalone" article; then realized you have a great follow up; just add them both to the same series and viola! Instant series!


That's it. I hope this helped answer your question @CoolCodekid.

If you have your own question, just ask in a comment. I read all of them and would love to add another post in this series that will actually help other writers in this awesome community!

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One Past Last Jedi

Thank you first, but I am writing the following series
dev.to/one_past_last_jedi/jetpack-...
and it put my series in not my desired order ?!
can I change the order of the series? or there any solution?

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Nathan Kallman Author

Unfortunately custom ordering of series' posts doesn't seem to be supported currently. You could certainly go suggest this functionality as you aren't the first to want it:

Hi nice articles about how to make articles.

Is there a way to sort articles inside a Series. It turns out that I need to add a few articles in the middle of the series but because they are newer they are automatically pushed to the bottom of the series list.

Any tip on how to arrange them?

Otherwise I will need to back up everything, copy and paste the articles again, but if in the future I need to add another article in the middle, the process become tiresome.

Thanks in advance.

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CoolCodekid

Thank you sooo much! Life saver 💯

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Atul Prajapati

Hey, Bro (Nathan) can you share your markdown for this series?

series

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Nathan Kallman Author

Are you asking how to make that Dev.to Writing (8 Part Series) section in your screenshot? Or just a dump of each of these articles' original markdown?

There's no markdown to creating that display, just a matter of a setting in Post Options or addition to the front-matter of series: My Series Name and publishing at least two articles under the series and dev.to will display that section.

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Alexandru Muntean

Thanks a lot! :)

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Nathan Kallman Author

Thanks for reading! (And I hopefully more writing ;)!)

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Dominik Gorczyca

If only there was an option to place the series window only after your post or only before or even not at all.

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Nathan Kallman Author

Personally I'd like to see only the earlier posts in the before content window and only subsequent posts in the after content window... somehow that just makes more sense to me.

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Eduardo Alvarez

Hi nice articles about how to make articles.

Is there a way to sort articles inside a Series. It turns out that I need to add a few articles in the middle of the series but because they are newer they are automatically pushed to the bottom of the series list.

Any tip on how to arrange them?

Otherwise I will need to back up everything, copy and paste the articles again, but if in the future I need to add another article in the middle, the process become tiresome.

Thanks in advance.

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Nathan Kallman Author

I don't think there's currently a way to custom order a series unfortunately. Poking around on the forem repo (what powers DEV) the ordering seems to be hardcoded to the publish/cross-post date: github.com/forem/forem/blob/9e439f...

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Eduardo Alvarez

Thank you so much for the quick answer.

Yeah I was afraid that is hardcoded to the publishing date. I may need to remove the series table entirely and rely on 1 article acting as a table of content.