There are not really any fixed rules as of when to break a paragraph, it is generally up to the author when they want to make a new paragraph. As a rule of thumb, you may want to keep in mind that wab pages ain't books – breaking up long paragraphs will increase the readability of your textural content.
In addition to the above rule of thumb, there are times where it makes more sense to break a paragraph, some of these are listed in this Article – just keep in mind, just because they are listed here, doesn't mean that it will work well with your own website, its design, or its intended audience. Some people don't seem to mind very long paragraphs.
Breaking up Paragraphs
Deciding when to break up a paragraph can be hard, but you should keep in mind that we as Authors almost always think more about it than the majority of our readers. Something which can help you decide, is asking yourself a couple of questions:
- How does your text look and feel?
- Does it make sense to break the paragraph here or there?
The answer to the first one often depends on your website design – a website with a large max-width would, or could call for more line breaks than one with a small maximum width. The second question can be problematic, because there are different ways you can transfer meaning.
- When you change topic, begin a new paragraph.
- When someone is speaking, they should have their own paragraph.
- When the time changes in your story, create a new paragraph.
- For effect – to add atmosphere – or to make something stand out.
It also depends on the writing. Tutorials as those you'll find here on Brugbart, does not need much expression.