If you are using the default WordPress editor then you are surely missing out on many powerful features. The standard WordPress editor is not the option you have while creating blog posts and is very limited if you want to create awesome, stunning, professional looking posts.
At times, the default WordPress editor can cause problems and also tends to jump around a bit which doesn’t always create the best experience for the user.
There are other options which are far more appealing. For example, Windows live writer and Microsoft word.
The windows live editor for WordPress basically adds microsoft technology to WordPress. It creates a huge improvement to your WordPress editor.
No more frustration or unexplained movement when you are trying to focus on creating your own blog posts. Just install windows live writer and like a professional blogger, you can create stunning blog posts in minutes with formatted text, photos, videos, and more in Windows Live Writer.
Unlike Windows Live Writer, MS Word publishes your content from Word to WordPress as a finished blog post.
Microsoft Word Does a great job as a external WordPress editor and also makes it easy to publish your new content to your WordPress blog.
Using MS Word as your remote WordPress editor is similar to using Windows Live Writer with more powerful features. It allows you to insert colored graphs, charts and SmartArt as well as all standard word features MS Word offers and all the options MS Word offers when connected to the full MS Office products.
Make sure you are ready to see your content live before publishing. Otherwise you may select to just copy and paste the content into a WordPress draft instead.
While publishing your content from WordPress to your WordPress blog, it will be published as a finished draft therefore live on your blogs front end. To avoid this, you can simply copy and paste the content into a draft instead.
Windows live writer is different and will send your content from live writer to your WordPress dashboard as a draft rather than publish it.
These features provide the ultimate WordPress editor which is far more sophisticated than the default WordPress editor.
WordPress also offers several plugins that can be activated as advanced WordPress editors. In this article we will discuss about two of them.
The standard WordPress editor is not the single option you have while creating blog posts. It has very limited features. To create stunning, professional looking posts, you can use the following:
TinyMCE Advanced plugin
TinyMCE has the ability to convert HTML TEXTAREA fields or other HTML elements to editor instances. TinyMCE is very easy to integrate into other Content Management Systems.
You can add following features to your default editor using the TinyMce advanced plugin:
- Advanced HR
- Advanced Image
- Advanced Link
- Advanced List
- Context Menu
- Emotions (Smilies)
- Date and Time
- Print, Search and Replace
- Visual Characters and XHTML Extras
The TinyMce Buttons Arrangement enables you to easily choose which features you need and customize your existing WordPress editor by adding additional features the plugin offers.
- Imports all CSS classes from the main theme stylesheet and add them to a drop-down list
- Support for making and editing tables
- Editing-line css styles
- Advanced list and image dialogs that offer a lot of options
- Search and Replace while editing
- Support for XHTML specific tags and for (div based) layers
Dean’s FCKEditor For WordPress
This plugin is used to replace the default WordPress editor with CKeditor. CKEditor is a text editor, to be used inside web pages. It is a WYSIWYG editor, which means that the text being edited on it looks as similar as possible to the results users have when publishing it.
CKEditor is not a desktop application. It is a component to be used by developers to enhance their applications.
CKEditor brings to the web common editing features found on desktop editing applications like Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.
- Replace the default wordpress editor with CKEditor
- Easy to use
- Post comment with CKEditor to provide styled and colorful comments
- Build-in File manager and upload manager
- Build-in WordPress “read more” Button
- Control output format.
- Customizable toolbar buttons
- Integrated with WordPress media buttons
- Manage and insert Smiley’s into your post
- Customize editor’s skin
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