In this tutorial I am going to present to you one WordPress plugin that will improve your Text editor by giving you a better experience while creating your content. Note that this editor will be useful for HTML and PHP editing and might be suitable for more advanced WordPress users and for Developers. However any beginner might also use it. But enough about this – let’s see what you are about to get:
This plugin is called WP Editor.
After you install and activate it you can adjust some settings. They are placed in a separated menu inside your WordPress dashboard, called WP Editor. Click on it and let’s get started.
Here are your settings options:
- By default you should land to the “Overview” tab which presents to you the idea behind WP Editor, i.e. a plugin that will replace all of the default editors in WordPress. This means that WP Editor will allow you to edit not only your posts, pages and custom post types, but also your plugins and themes.
- Then you should click on the “Post Editor” tab. From there you can choose whether to allow WP Editor for your posts or not. You can also choose a theme and: font size (an absolutely great and indeed a must-have option that will reduce the pressure on your eyes while editing), line numbers, line wrapping, active line highlighting, indent size, tab characters and size, editor height and when you are done you need to click on the “Save Settings” button. Lots of options, as you can see, but they will allow you to edit your posts with ease and style, especially if you love using the Text editor for adding HTML.
- Now go to the “Plugin Editor” tab. You will see some of the settings from the “Post Editor” tab, but here are some new ones: choose extensions that you will be able to edit using WP Editor, enable file upload and enable the creation of new plugins using WP Editor. The last option is a superb way to develop your own plugins if you are a PHP Developer. Again you need to save the settings you have made.
- OK – the next tab is the “Theme Editor” which provides exactly the same options the “Plugin Editor” tab but here you are allowed to created new themes instead of plugins, of course. Don’t forget the “Save Settings” button when you are done.
- Last but absolutely not least is the “Main Settings” tab. You should pay special attention here as the options here will define the overall experience when using WP Editor. Basically here you choose whether to or not to replace all editors with WP Editor. But there are two interesting options:
- Enable Logging – useful if you are troubleshooting. A file will be created with your logs while using WP Editor and you can see diagnostic data there. However this file will grow rapidly so you should enable this option only when needed. Otherwise you may have a problem with your hosting;
- WP Editor Menu Location (Hide WP Editor Icon) – hide the stand alone menu in the WordPress admin panel and place it under the Settings menu;
Great! Now you since you have set your WP Editor you should actually start using it. Create a new post and click on the Text editor. You will see your new HTML editing weapon there so – enjoy it! Remember the font size settings for each editor? If the current size is too small don’t risk the health of your eyes. It is better to have a bigger and easier to read font instead of a small one that will cause you to stare. Work safely! WP Editor allows you to do that.
Now let’s summarize what you get by using this wonderful editing plugin:
- Replacement of your text editors regarding posts, pages, custom post types, plugins and themes;
- CodeMirror integration;
- FancyBox integration for better image viewing;
- Feature rich environment;
- Wonderful web-based editing atmosphere that will allow you to edit files and content as you have probably already done this with many professional offline editors;
- Many features such as line numbering, wrapping and highlighting that are common to the most powerful HTML editors that exist;
- Ability to create your own theme and plugin files;
- Many themes that will suit your eye-candy desires;
- Ability to edit your content in full screen mode without any distractions by using keyboard shortcuts;
- Ability to search within the text by using keyboard shortcuts;
- Individual settings for each editor type;
- File browsing using AJAX;
- Extremely easy settings that will allow you to configure WP Editor exactly to your liking;
OK – now its up to you friends. Would you give WP Editor a try? As stated in the beginning of this post, the plugin is meant to be used by more advanced users but any beginner that wants to learn using HTML will enjoy it as well. Share your thoughts in the comments below and don’t forget to spread the word about this wonderful plugin in social media.
Bear in mind that if you choose to replace all editors the draft editor in the WordPress dashboard for quick drafts will be most likely replaced as well.
See you soon, dear friends and happy editing using WP Editor!