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There have been lots of complaints about WordPress’ visual editor. It adds extra (usually unwanted) formatting whenever you have a line break. It’s just a pain to deal with. Understandably, I personally never use it. For those who may not be knowledgeable at HTML, there are excellent alternatives available. In this guide I’ll go over:
- TinyMCE Advanced
- Dean’s FCKEditor
- How to disable the visual editor
If you’re fed up with the default WordPress visual editor, I suggest you read on.
You’ll be able to add items such as font size and face, tables, smilies, among other things. It can also disable the automatic adding of paragraph and line break tags.
Now, if you want something completely different than the WordPress default editor. Try FCKEditor for WordPress. What this does is replace WordPress’ default editor with FCKEditor, a powerful editing software – similar to MS Word, except for the web.
The picture explains it all, complete transformation of the editor. Convinced yet? Download the plugin here.
Disabling the Visual Editor
If you’re comfortable with HTML code, and would rather just get rid of the visual editor altogether – there’s a quick way to do this. In your WordPress admin panel, simply navigate to Users -> Your Profile.
Uncheck the box that says: Use the visual editor when writing. And that’s that, no more visual editor. You’ll be stuck with the code editor from now on – unless you check off that box again.
Hope you found some good alternatives to the WordPress visual editor after reading this post. Thankfully with WordPress, if there’s functionality you don’t like, there’s usually a plugin to fix it.
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About Leland Fiegel
Leland Fiegel was the original founder of ThemeLab. He is a web developer who loves WordPress and blogging.