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  • How do you old timers go about composing for WP? I think I’m doing the worst possible thing, which is use Word while manually typing tags in for formatting (italics mostly). After I’m done I just paste it into the WP composition box.

    There must be a better way. At the least, I’d really like to be able to see the italics without tags while composing, then click a button or something for last minute conversion to html. I tried using Word like this, but it had two pages of header garbage, plus paragraph and page break junk that WP does automatically.

    Another annoyance is that I sometimes cross post my entries on a bulletin board that uses “BB code” instead of html, so I have to search and replace <em> for [i], and so on. If anyone has a way around this, I’d love to hear it.

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  • Moderator James Huff


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    DO NOT USE WORD! IT IS NOT A TEXT EDITOR! ::ahem:: Word is not a text editor. It will screw up your tags and add in unwanted/invisible characters and “smart quotes” which will ruin your validation. You can, however, use any plain text editor. A list can be found here:

    Alternatively, you could also use a weblog client. A list of clients which support WordPress can be found here:

    That’s what I get for being a slow typer (and thus searcher 😉

    Use a good text editor like Notetab:

    Notetab also supports enhanced search/replace facilities using regular expressions and “clipbooks” which are essentially macros that allow you to do stuff like batched search/replace on your BB code tags.

    And I am liking Editpad, both the freeware and Pro versions.

    Text editors are fine, but you can’t preview your post with actual bold or italics prior to pasting it into WP, right?

    Have you search or for some sort of html editor?

    mastiff: Wrong. Many new editors. like Editpad, have a “View in Web Browser” button. Of course it does not have all the formatting of the css in WP, but then neither does a word processor.

    Moderator James Huff


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    Alphaoide has made a good point. You could easily use an HTML editor, like NVU, to both compose and preview your post(s) offline.

    w.bloggar is a great desktop blogging tool, although I’ve never experimented too much in using it offline (maybe I’ll try that sometime). I do know that it will allow you to save posts as a file on your machine and you can then reopen and edit them. Once posted, you can retrieve them (assuming you are connected to the net) and edit them as well.

    If you are looking for straight HTML editing, the suggestions above are better than anything I can tell you. When it comes to html editing, I’ve adopted the “I don’t need your newfangled gizmos” attitude and use gvim for my html and css editing.

    Ecto is worth trying:

    Oh yeah and if you’re on Mac OS X, Marsedit wins hands down:

    I use the WordPress admin area to compose my stuff. I don’t trust 3rd party apps to do it right nor is there a reason IMO to not use the official composition area unless I’m offline. Then yeah, Notepad or a Notepad clone is all you need. But I left 56k many, many, MANY years ago, so…

    And you know you can make the write box in the WordPress admin area bigger, right?


    [edit] Oh, you’re looking for a richtext editor that’ll make the post appear like it would on your main site instead of displaying the HTML? Well try this plugin. It’ll supposedly display what your post will look like as you type it. 🙂 [/edit]

    Ignore the above post. I’m an f’ing retard for not noticing the title of this thread. 😐

    others here will blast me for this, but I use Dreamweaver 4.0… MX causes some problems (if you’re not careful), but I’ve never had a problem with 4.0 when I copy from the code view.

    let the beatings begin…

    I have used blogjet for a while with pretty good success. It isn’t open source, but it handles pictures well and I haven’t had any formatting issues. Go to

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