Three WYSIWYG Plugins to Enhance the WordPress Built-In Editor

The WordPress built-in editor has the minimum features to create a blog post. It’s one of the reasons that many bloggers use desktop-based blog editors that provide them with additional features that is lacking in the WordPress editor. Here are five WordPress plugins that will give you the functionality as a desktop-based editor without leaving WordPress.

1. Front-end Editor

The Front-end Editor plugin allows you to make changes without having to go to the WordPress built-in editor. It’s a great tool if you have already created and published your blog and just want to make quick edits. It’s great for making edits that do not require any significant changes. However, it’s not really a standalone-type of editor. It’s more to use alongside another one. It doesn’t have any additional features to add to the WordPress built-in editor, but it is nice to have something that doesn’t require you to go to the WordPress administrative area.

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2. TinyMCE Advanced

The TinyMCE Advanced plugin adds 16 buttons to the WordPress built-in editor. One of the great things about it is that it’s easy to drag-and-drag the buttons in and out of the window. Therefore, you are able to choose what buttons to have accessible to you when creating or editing a post. You are also able to add your current theme’s CSS stylesheet, so you are able to visualize how the post will look like when you are done.

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3. WP Super Edit

Just like the above-mentioned plugins, the WP Super Edit plugin allows you to add plenty of additional functionality to your default text editor. Like TinyMCE Advacned, it allows you to add extra buttons (and hence more functionality) to your toolbar. What is more important is that it provides a way for you to arrange your toolbar according to the user role. Now, you can restrict your subscriber or contributor to only a limited set of toolbar while the author or users with higher level of permission to access to the full range of functionality.

In addition, there are also a whole lot of useful HTML tags (like DIV, STYLE, TABLE etc) that you can use in your post. This is particularly useful for coders/developers.

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WP Super Edit allows bloggers to control the editor better than the other two. Additionally, it has more features than the other two. However, it can be tedious adding buttons and arranging them in a way that makes sense. It would be easier if they start with all the buttons, and allow users to remove the ones they do not need.

What other WordPress plugins do you use to enhance your text-editor?

Shevonne

Shevonne Polastre authors ChicWriter, a blog filled with writing tips and articles . She loves social media, technology, art, wine, music, movies, traveling, books, education, biking, and the great outdoors.

11 comments

  1. I must definitely try some of these editors. Thanks a million dudes!!
    WordPress rocks!

  2. Oh, thanks for this great info! It’s always frustrating to use the standart/default editor.
    what i see is not what i get! lol

  3. Thanks. I found that WP Super Edit was really beneficial and easy to use. I have over 300 WordPress websites I’ve developed and also told people they had to go make tables and what not in a separate editor. How retarded of me to not think there was a plugin that could improve the editor.

    1. There are almost everything you need (in the form of plugin) for WordPress. Just do a quick search next time before you attempt to do something manual. I am sure it will save you a lot of time.

  4. I searched for such a plugin whole day. Glad that find this reviews here. Will try them all out!
    Cheers!

  5. If you want to have a WYSIWYG wordpress theme maker then check this software: Artisteer 3.1
    You can create custom themes for wordpress, drupal and joomla. I was dying for such software and i got one. :)

  6. Thanks for Sharing this really helpful Plugins for wordpress blog. Well I like Dean’s FCK EDITOR Plugin and I think it’s the best among all present in this list. What you say ?

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