This is Day 24 of the 30 Days, 30 Killer WordPress Plug-ins Series.
The post editor inside of WordPress is pretty capable. It is really all one would need to write a standard blog post.
To do much more than writing posts and inserting images, you have to get geeky. You need to do some manual HTML and CSS wizardry, and that’s why the “Text” option is there for people. So, you can get geeky if you feel like it.
What many don’t know is that the post editor inside WordPress is actually based on an open source WYSIWYG editor called TinyMCE. TinyMCE is quite capable and very customizable. And, since it is open source, that means you can grab TinyMCE and integrate WYSIWYG editing into your own programs. TinyMCE is used in a lot of places.
… including WordPress. But, what you typically see inside of WordPress is only a part of what TinyMCE is capable of.
And, that’s where Ultimate TinyMCE comes in. This plug-in takes hold of TinyMCE inside of WordPress and “un-defaults” it, adding a ton of new options and buttons to your editor.
Here is a video showing Ultimate TinyMCE: (Note, this is NOT me in this video. I don’t know who it is. 🙂 )
Now, I’m not sure when they decided this, but apparently they have stopped working on the free version of this plug-in. It is still available to download for free, but their efforts have turned to the PRO version.
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