4 Free Plugins to Supercharge the WordPress WYSIWYG Editor

I’ve got nothing but praise for WordPress’s powerful WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. Its simplicity and high degree of functionality create a pleasant user experience.

As we all know, however, web design applications are constantly evolving and improvements and upgrades can mean the difference between great and extraordinary. Let’s investigate four free plugins that can supercharge the built-in WordPress WYSIWYG editor.

1. Plug-N-Edit Drag & Drop HTML Visual Editor (WordPress WYSIWYG Editor)

plugin-plug-n-edit WordPress WYSIWYG Editor

Plug-N-Edit encompasses all the features of a desktop publisher and word processor. It’s based on a 3-D design for page building, which is nice because standard editors are 2-D based. You can build Adaptive, Fixed and Responsive Flux pages with this plugin. The Visual HTML editor won’t replace the WP editor, but it will create a button on your editor page. You can then choose which editor to use.

Why you’ll love it: It provides responsive page support and multipage support for mobile. I appreciate lots of font options, and this plugin offers more than 600 choices. Items are very easily placed, stacked and moved. Furthermore, it works well with other plugins.
Possible downfalls: Plug-N-Edit Drag and Drop might be a bit too complicated for newbies to pick up quickly. However, if you’re a web designer who appreciates a plugin with a unique design and lots of options, it might be what you’re looking for.

2. Zedity (WordPress WYSIWYG Editor)

plugin-zedity WordPress WYSIWYG Editor

Zedity gives users lots of freedom and an added degree of simplicity. You can drag and drop, and it offers compatibility with more than 20 different visual and audio services. This plugin was definitely created with optimal minimalism in mind – it strives to give users without much experience free rein and flexibility.

Why you’ll love it: It saves time and it’s easy for new web designers to use. It offers lots of support and plenty of tutorials, which any new user can appreciate. If you’re a DIYer or new to the world of web design, this plugin is one to at least consider. Simply click the Z icon and start creating content.
Possible downfalls: It’s a bit too basic for advanced web designers, as it’s more geared for simplicity and offering lots of tutorials, possibly rendering it useless for some designers. It’s still a relatively newer plugin, which means it’s likely still working out some kinks.

3. Foliopress WYSIWYG (WordPress WYSIWYG Editor)

plugin-foliopress WordPress WYSIWYG Editor

Designed to be not only an editor but a full content management system, Foliopress WYSIWYG produces standards compliant HTML quickly and easily. It was created as an alternative to the standard WordPress WYSIWYG editor.

Why you’ll love it: This plugin offers benefits to both expert programmers and those who are still learning. If offers fast and easy access to source code, and is simple enough for clients and the rest of your team to use if necessary. It has an aesthetically pleasing design and is updated frequently, leading us to believe it will remain relevant into the foreseeable future. Plus, it offers support for SEO-friendly images and presets that can be turned on and off.
Possible downfalls: Support may not be as excellent as some of the other choices, and although it boasts simplicity on many levels, new designers might struggle a bit at first if they don’t have adequate time to learn the tools.

4. TinyMCE Advanced (WordPress WYSIWYG Editor)

plugin-tinymce WordPress WYSIWYG Editor

This favorite plugin offers features galore and nice stability between authority and ease of use. The standard of WordPress, TinyMCE Editor is known as a classic.

Why you’ll love it: TinyMCE offers users a customizable toolbar, a table function and an advanced list feature. You can add buttons to insert the date and time with a single click, use custom font families instead of one theme and insert emoticons. Furthermore, it has extendable plugins, support for themes and is AJAX compatible. Did I mention there’s a search-and-replace function built right into the editor? Impressive.
Possible downfalls: This plugin leaves out features that may confuse novice users, but at least there’s always the option to add things in the plain text HTML editor. I have found that this plugin does not always play nice with other plugins, so if you are having issues this should be the first thing you deactivate.

Regardless of your needs as a web designer, we all can appreciate WordPress and its many plugin options. There’s something for everyone, and something for every project. WordPress is always working to improve the platform and offer more useful options.

What plugin do you use to accentuate your experience with WordPress WYSIWYG editor? Share your favorite plugins in the comments below.

Adrienne Erin is a freelance designer and avid blogger who writes about graphic design and WordPress at Design Roast. Follow her on Twitter at @adrienneerin to see more of her work or to get in touch!

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Web Developer & SEO Specialist with 10+ years of experience in Open Source Web Development, specialized in Joomla & WordPress development. He is also the moderator of this blog "RS Web Solutions".

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