Jan 27, 2008
If you use WordPress a lot like I do, you’ve no doubt noticed the shortcomings of TinyMCE, the default WYSIWYG text editor for writing posts and pages. I’ve looked into replacing it in the past, but never came up with a viable option that didn’t cost a bunch of money or that wasn’t a headache to manage.
Today in my web travels (researching how to write a Webservice with PHP) I came across FCKEditor, a free text editor that seems to have a lot more going for it that TinyMCE. I began to look into how I could incorporate it with WordPress when it hit me – DUH, someone has likely already done this work. So, I googled FCKEditor and WordPress and sure enough, a kind gentleman by the name of Dean has made a plugin to marry the two together.
It’s as simple as downloading his plugin and activating it. Within 2 minutes, I was writing this message to let everyone know the good news.
So far, FCKEditor seems to be exactly what I wanted – more power over my WordPress posts with less hassle to do it. It’s what I was hoping for with Contribute CS3, but I’ve already let you know how that went.
Here’s a quick screenshot of it:
In fact, it has it’s own image upload manager, which is really great. I used it to put up that image and it went so much smoother than it would have been otherwise – between using the WordPress option or FTPing it myself and copying the URL, getting the capitlization correct, etc.
So, two thumbs for now. I’ll let you know more as I discover it!
Here is a picture of the full editor – just so you can see that it isn’t as "limited" as the pic above suggests…