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  • I’m looking at moving from Blogspot to a locally hosted WordPress at

    I am wondering is if there is an editor for WordPress that can handle HTML inserted in the formatted mode of the editor.

    In Blogspot, until their inexplicably awful update, one could insert html in formatted text, which I frequently do with the browser extension that I developed.

    So, for example, if I wanted to insert a superscript in a formatted line something like this:
    This is really REALLY stupid.<sup>*</sup> (Capitalized indicates bold)

    Would render like this:
    This is really REALLY stupid.* ((Capitalized indicates bold, and the asterisk is superscripted)

    I insert HTML code directly a lot, and switching back to an HTML view each time I want to do this is a pain.

    Yes, I know that this is kind of weird, but it was how Blogspot actually worked for at least the past 14 years, and I am used to it.

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  • The WordPress Block Editor has a couple options that I think would do what you want.

    The first option is to insert a Custom HTML block and put your HTML directly in there. That is a good option if you want to manually manage some HTML in your page or post. Clicking the + block insert button will bring up a list of blocks, and then you can choose Custom HTML from the list.

    The other option is to use the Block Editor to create your content, and then edit the HTML. To do that, select a block, click the three vertical dots on the menu (Block Options), then choose “Edit as HTML.” You can edit the HTML of your block in there, then choose the Block Options menu and “Edit Visually” to see the rendered content.

    If you would like to try out the Block Editor, you can go to and try editing the page.

    Thread Starter Matthew G. Saroff


    No, the block editor is the opposite of what I want.

    The example I gave shows formatted text and HTML that is inserted on a single line.

    Selecting the text, and then viewing that selection in HTML inserting the code, and switching back, is as many steps as switching the entire document to HTML, inserting the code, and switching back.

    Also, the nature of how I write means that Gutenberg does not work for me. (I am not suggesting that anyone else would have a problem with Gutenberg, just that I do. I put a stake through its heart in my migration test blog because I found it so distracting)

    That is why I am looking for an editor that can handle “Spot” HTML coding.

    I have a bunch of preset tags that I access via a right-click, and I’d like to do that from the rich text screen.

    A typical custom tag that I have is:
    <span title="{{zzpopup}}">{{selection}}</span>
    I select the text, a popup appears asking for what I want to put in the hover text, and I enter it in.

    It’s a FF extension that I wrote. (It’s open source, but the code is so ugly that it causes cancer in Tardigraves)

    It’s an integral part of how I write, and switching back and forth to HTML view breaks my flow.

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