I hate the built-in WYSWIG editor for WordPress. (EDIT: Editors of the sites I support hate it, which in turn makes more work for me. Hence, I hate it.) I know there are some alternatives out there, but I'm curious what the more functional and usable ones are?

Issues that I hear:

  • The text auto formatting either a) adds html or b) strips html. This is annoying.

  • The view within the preview section doesn't use the stylesheets of the web site itself, so it's not really WYSIWYG

  • What about it do you hate? Mar 3, 2011 at 20:12
  • I shouldn't say hate. I use the html editor. What I hate is that I have to support a team of people who hate the editor :p
    – Dan Gayle
    Mar 3, 2011 at 20:26
  • More specifically what attributes about it do they hate? Replacing it with one having those same attributes would be a waste. Maybe update your question with more details? Mar 3, 2011 at 21:22
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    You know you can fix the second issue: wdmac.com/…
    – mtekk
    Mar 3, 2011 at 23:49

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when one of my clients have doesn't like the TinyMCE editor i add the Dean's FCKEditor For WordPress plugin that integrates the ckeditor and install the office 2003 skin for it so they find it easier to use.


You can use client blogging tools such as

This might get round their objections - Live Writer can definitely preview using site stylesheets

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