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I'd rather use Dreamweaver (8 posts)

  1. omigosh
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Just finished an hour-long exercise trying to get a table to work. I copied the table from another website and it was fine except for auto formatting by WordPress. So I disabled auto formatting with the Don't Muck Up My Markup plugin. Unfortunately it disabled all the
    and <p> markup within each table cell. So I manually input them and, in CK Editor, changed the font to a smaller, sans-serif font. WordPress then added so much code that I could hardly find my information. It messed up things totally. There is no way I can get it right. The earlier website was a stright PHP dynamic website where a table was quickly and automatically created without trouble. After an hour trying to turn WordPress's formatting on and off and wrestling with CK Editor and other plugins, I'm beginning to believe WordPress is useless for my purposes and I might as well just use Dreamweaver and make changes to text when my client asks me to. Thanks for an educational waste of time.

  2. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Try to use WordPress for managing your content instead.

    WordPress is not meant to replace Dreamweaver and if that's what you were expecting it to do then I can see how you wasted your time.

    [Edited]

  3. omigosh
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    And try reading a post before responding.

  4. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Sounds like perhaps that was a CSS issue? If you'd like help with it, someone can likely look at it if you post in the support forum.

  5. Thanks for an educational waste of time.

    Sorry, but is there something we can help you with...?

    Andrew's reply was not bad at all and perhaps you may want to think before replying again as well as consider reviewing the Forum Welcome.

    Just finished an hour-long exercise trying to get a table to work. I copied the table from another website and it was fine except for auto formatting by WordPress.

    As you've found out already the Visual Editor makes short work of any HTML. Short work as in really messes it up and makes most raw HTML not work.

    It may not be the answer you are looking for but this plugin is very popular and the author's support is first class.

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress/

    Many members here use that plugin and as I said the support is really good.

  6. omigosh
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Thanks to both of you for quick, constructive responses. I'm afraid I was letting off a bit of steam but my frustration has a legitimate basis. How is my client going to add tabular data to the site when it's so difficult? I thought WordPress was supposed to be easy. As for using Dreamweaver, simply creating a page in Dreamweaver and then copying and pasting your code into WordPress is the only workaround I can think of. Sort of like buying a car and hitching it to a tractor.

  7. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    If the theme has CSS that affects tables, it will be applied to any/all tables. You can certainly modify the CSS for the theme and/or add your own to modify table CSS - best to do so using a custom CSS option or plugin rather than the editor.

    But TablePress is a really great plugin and the developer is AMAZINGLY helpful, so I'd go with Jan's suggestion and check that out - see if it will make this workable for your client.

  8. How is my client going to add tabular data to the site when it's so difficult?

    You use the tools that suit your needs. There's no shame in saying or coming to the conclusion that WordPress may not be the solution you are looking for.

    Naturally I think it may but you know your and your client's requirements best.

    I thought WordPress was supposed to be easy.

    It is easy but as Andrew alluded to it really is designed for content management. That really means text. Divs, tables, adding additional classes or even inline CSS just doesn't work too well with the Visual Editor.

    simply creating a page in Dreamweaver and then copying and pasting your code into WordPress is the only workaround I can think of.

    If you are talking tables and if that works for you then cool. Tables are a bit of a challenge in CSS (as I understand it, my CSS is lacking) but that plugin really is well received. Consider using that plugin, it might help you out.

    Note: I don't use that plugin myself but the author's support is just plain fantastic. I'm a fan. ;)

    Edit: WPyogi beat me by 9 minutes. I'm just not fast enough. ;)

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