I always have trouble trying to create some nested lists in Wordpress using the default editor in visual mode, since I want to avoid the HTML extra work. Even though I write the HTML myself in the HTML editor mode, the page sometimes will not listen to my HTML and change things as it wants.

For example, I want to create the following structure:

    - Paragraph 1
    - Paragraph 2

I am using the "type='a'" attribute in the "OL" tag for ordering using letters and when I change back to the visual mode it will display letters, but when I preview the post it will display numbers.

Also sometimes using the visual mode to create lists fast, when creating a nested list it will change an outer list format. The visual editor sometimes changes things as it things it's "better" but a lot of times it changes things the way I don't want to and it's frustrating and a nightmare, and then when you preview or publish a post it does not display the way the ditor did. But I guess that has something to do with the theme's CSS.

1 Answer 1


Instead of using the "type" attribute, try adding a CSS class and styling that.

    <li>Number one</li>
    <li>Number two
        <ol class="lower-alpha">
            <li>Lowercase a</li>
            <li>Lowercase b
                    <li>Paragraph 1</li>
                    <li>Paragraph 2</li>

Then in your CSS - depending on your site setup, you may want to add Custom CSS through the Customizer, or edit a child theme:

ol.lower-alpha {

(Depending on your theme, you might or might not have to get more specific, but this would work for most cases.)

  • It does not work, I am trying child selectors instead, but still, it writes decimals instead of lower-alpha. It is written in a class as .entry ol, .entry ul, but even trying !important keyword in CSS does not override the previous settings. I also am trying to override the selector by bigger relevance selectors
    – Lorthas
    Dec 4, 2017 at 21:46
  • 1
    If it's just .entry ol, then .entry ol.lower-alpha would be the selector. You may also need to clear the site cache or your browser cache.
    – WebElaine
    Dec 5, 2017 at 14:41
  • but why doesn't WordPress just support type attribute right away?
    – Ooker
    Jun 23, 2023 at 7:10

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