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Best WYSIWYG editor (probably asked before, but didn't become any wiser) (28 posts)

  1. betwixt
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hi there,

    So, as asked many times by many people, how do I get a full, feature rich WYSIWYG editor? Perhaps a full featured TinyMCE editor? Most editors I tried have many errors, or just don't work at all. Dean's FCKeditor doesn't work, Xinha4WP works with errors...

    Anyone any advice?
    Regards,
    Dennis

  2. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Enable more TinyMCE features is one option.

    What, to you, defines "feature rich"? knowing that might be helpful.

  3. betwixt
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks for replying. With feature rich I mean features like the full featured TinyMCE editor has. I like the ability to make tables. An integrated picture upload feature would also be nice...

    Regards,
    Dennis

  4. johnnyspade
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    To me, a good WYSIWYG editor needs to have image and document upload/management capabilities in addition to the regular staff, creating tables, special characters, etc. There's only two editors I have come across that do this but both are not without flaws. You'll need to test both:

    Chenpress uses the FCKeditor and if you've been looking you've likely come across it already.

    WYSIWYG Pro is a licenced editor so you'll need to pay for it but it's surprisingly good. It offers the ability to upload and manage images and documents and also has a neat little feature allowing you insert snippets of your own code. Give the demo a whirl: http://wysiwygpro.com/

    Cheers,
    B/

  5. AdventureDad
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I have found nothing better than the WYSI editor by Mudbomb, http://mudbomb.com/archives/2005/02/02/wysiwyg-plugin-for-wordpress/ .
    It makes working with images and formating very easy. It supports resizing, making of thumbnails, and several other useful image options. Text formating is done easily in a MS Word type of editor. It has support for thesaurus, dictionary, and encyclopedia.

    I've been using it for over a year and couldn't be happier. I currently use it with WP 2.1 and it works perfectly.

    AD

  6. wpmubp
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I wish Mudbomb rewrite the plugin page (or create new post/page with the most recent date), so that general wp users can easily find this plugin available for 2.1 version.

  7. ohiosweetheart
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I'd just like to be able to simply change text color and size. I haven't found anything (that actually works) that does this. :(

  8. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Color is built in with a bit of tweaking...

  9. ohiosweetheart
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    It looks like you have to install another plugin to get this one to work.

    I think I'll just use plain ol' html.

    thank you!

  10. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    That plugin linked to another page that tells you how to do the same thing -- without a plugin.

    But yeah, if you want to control fonts on the fly, the html editor is probably the way to go.

  11. ohiosweetheart
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I know, I went to both pages.

    Thank you :)

  12. betwixt
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Guys, thanks for all the replies.

    I just can't understand why WordPress will not include a more advanced rich editor out-of-the-box.
    This doesn't change my opinion that WordPress is a cool product though.

  13. ohiosweetheart
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I agree, on both counts, betwixt

  14. Jess Planck
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I wrote WP Super Edit a while ago, and I'm hoping to get some time to change it up a bit. It's working for 2.0.4 and 2.1.x so far and includes some other common tinymce plugins like the style attribute editor and the "dreaded" tables editor. It's still labeled as beta, but I plan to move the current code to a 1.0 release before I tackle a more elegant solution for adding tinymce plugins.

    Just forgive the funky web site, I do way too much testing there for clients and the day job.

  15. ohiosweetheart
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I don't really care so much about alot of bells and whistles, as much as I do about being able to manipulate my text, i.e. change color, font size, etc.

    So, I'll give it a whirl, thanks!

  16. webDressing
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Looks interesting ev3rywh3re. Will give it a try. Wish the 'make you better looking' feature was included though :p

    Here is a complete list of WYSIWYG editors;

    http://www.geniisoft.com/showcase.nsf/WebEditors

    Hope it helps :)

  17. luminousnerd
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Is there anything that allows you to wrap text around images without code?

    Thanks

  18. ohiosweetheart
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Now THAT would be great!

  19. ohiosweetheart
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    WebDressing - I didn't see anything there in the way of a plugin for a blog?

    Or are they all plugins for WP blogs and I missed that?

  20. webDressing
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    They are alternates for those who wish to use something else other than TinyMCE...

    Regarding this plugin, we installed it and activated it but nothing worked. Zip. Nadda. Nothing. Using 2.1.2.

  21. alainS
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    ev3rywh3re:
    Your plugin seems to be "dreams come true".
    http://www.funroe.net/projects/superedit/
    I'll try it and report...next week.

    I know that editing without those shiny wysiwyg editors gives me total control...but...I'm building websites for end users...not for me. And here is a "nr1 mistake" that lot of posters here ignore.
    You build for end users: a secretary, an average office worker, your mom, school...
    For god sake...why someone not into webdesign should know html,css,js etc. ?

    When you buy a car and someone tell you: Hey our support service is cool but you don't have control over your car. Go study all the books & technical charts about our engines and figure out by yourself what to do...yeah only than you'll have the power.

    I'ts kind of exageration...but you don't have to know all the stuff on anything. We, webdesigners are in charge for design, code, etc. End users on the other part care for better sales, ease of use, productivity.

  22. luminousnerd
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    That's exactly it, alainS.

    Also, I am a fan of control...it is true. And I don't mind flipping over to code for that. On the other hand, WYSIWYG can be speedier sometimes...highlight and hit Apple-B and you've got bold text, instead of going in and typing [b] and [/b] (did the [ because not sure if the >< will show up)

  23. ohiosweetheart
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    WYSIWYG editor is a must, imo. For exactly the reason that alain gave above. The typical blogger/forumer/etc know very little, if any, html. So giving them the capabilities to color a word, change the font size, etc is essential.

    ev3rywh3re's editor still doesn't allow me to click and change the font size, but at least the colors are there.

    webdressing, once you activate the plugin, then go tweak the settings, there's an additional little box that shows up on the text editor that you have to click on. When you do, it gives you an additional editing bar with several functions.

  24. sahaskatta
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I don't know if this is a good solution, but I think you might want to give it a try. The new Microsoft Word 2007 supports blogging onto wordpress so you can do all your writing on your computer then publish it to your blog.
    http://skattertech.com/2007/02/word-07-supports-wordpress/

  25. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    You can do everything anyone's asked for here with a blogging client. Specifically, with Windows Live Writer from http://windowslivewriter.spaces.live.com/ (well, maybe not tables.... but I set up a quicktag to handle that).

    Now, that option t'is true may not be a good solution for endusers. Though I actually haven't ever had one of my clients (even the less web-savvy ones) come to me and say "why can't I have a wysiwyg in wp" or "why doesn't wp work like word". So there are degrees and degrees of need for this in clientele apparently.

  26. Jess Planck
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Yea the needs of the users are always different. I made Super Edit only because I had users that absolutely needed Tables and pasting from MS Word created some nasty issues that broke theme XHTML and CSS.

    Super Edit only augments the tinymce editor by packaging some of my users requested plugins. It does not replace it, and I try really hard not to get in the way of other great plugins like G2Image. Some of the WordPress core features such as "autop" and "wptexturize" can get in the way of doing fancy HTML work in posts and pages.

    I plan to branch the plugin this spring and develop exclusively for WordPress 2.1. But I'll probably keep the old one around for folks stuck on WordPress 2.0. I want to see about doing some things to package the tinymce plugins separately, and to have options to allow users to shut off the WordPress stuff like autop and wptexturize.

    And the option I use the most for Super Edit is actually the "style" option since it tries to add and make changes to the style attribute. Layers are out because WordPress turns those into paragraphs, and too much wysiwyg tweaking can really bork your content.

    So the real story is that HTML is too complicated, and sadly it has always been that way. Believe it or not this early web page had to use 1 pixel graphics to give an illusion of tables / divs... because they weren't invented in 1995. At least the background could tile :P

  27. kappaluppa
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    no one has mentioned if more tags are supported in any of these wysiwygs. I was using chenpress, and it worked real good. FCKEditor has a snippets plugin that I used for the more tag. But it seems that chenpress does not work with 2.1.3.

    anyone had any luck with the more tag?

  28. ramedia
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I'm having problems with all of these editors rewriting my code. On some pages I create I need to just drop in some html code. I'm currently using fckeditor and tried tinymce advanced but found that both added code to my code after save. I'm putting my code in the html window in these editors. Anyone suggest an editor that absolutely doesn't rewrite the code? Also, is it possible that wordpress itself is rewriting code?

    Example:
    input code:

    <div class="rbbot">
    <div>&nbsp;</div>
    </div>
    </div>
    </div>

    resulting page code:

    <div class="rbbot">
    <div>&nbsp;</div>
    </p></div>
    </p></div>
    </p></div>

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