10 Special Features of the WYSIWYG Editor
The WYSIWYG editor, or What You See Is What You Get editor, has been around since the beginning of the Internet, and it’s still one of the most common types of editors out there today. Many people assume that the name stands for What You See Is What I Get, but it’s actually What You See Is What You Get. Most people call it WYSIWYG because it can be hard to remember all those capital letters!
1) Supports External Plugins
One of the best features of this editor is that it has an open plugin architecture. That means that anyone can create a plugin to extend functionality. This also means that if you really like some existing features in another editor, you can try to find a plugin for it.
2) Mobile Responsive
The WYSIWYG editor from CKEditor features a mobile-responsive design, which makes it easy to write, edit and format content on a smartphone or tablet. This feature isn’t just for convenience—it also helps to ensure that your text and images are always formatted properly. When writing on a desktop computer, be sure to preview your post using a mobile view before publishing it; if you notice any errors, try editing your post using a phone or tablet to avoid potentially mistakes.
Editors often work collaboratively on documents, with several people making changes at once. Since this editor 5, there is a support for collaborative editing modes. As an editor, you can be part of a team working on a single document at once. Every change anyone makes is immediately visible to everyone else without requiring any action from you. When someone else edits, your own text highlights as they type: red for deletions and green for insertions.
4) Source Code View
Unlike other text editors, a website’s source code is automatically displayed next to your text when you are typing. In fact, it’s so important that many text editors don’t allow you to disable it. With a WYSIWYG editor, users can easily see and understand how a page works as they are writing it. When learning how to use HTML or coding in general, having access to source code can be incredibly helpful; once you understand how things work from an outside perspective, figuring out how they work from within isn’t too difficult. If you want your audience to learn something on your site and really understand why that thing works in a certain way, make sure their views are expanded by always including an option for them to view source code.
5) Inline Styles Editing
You may have heard that you shouldn’t use inline styles in HTML code, but WordPress makes it easy to get around that. While writing a post or page in a text editor, you can use CSS styles within your post and those will be automatically converted into inline styles upon saving. You don’t have to worry about anything breaking or not working as expected; it all just works.
6) File Management
When you use a visual editor, you can see your live changes as you make them. When a change is made in code view, however, it’s hard to know what effect it will have. With WYSIWYG, you can drag and drop files into folders on your desktop—in real time. Even better, if you accidentally delete a file or folder by accident and haven’t yet saved any changes made within that document or folder (whew!), then all you have to do is click Undo and bam! It’s back. You don’t have to save every ten seconds—or even once in a while.
7) Extensive Text Formatting Options
The WYSIWYG editor features extensive text formatting options, including bold, italicized and underlined text; simple text highlighting; and strikethroughs. You can also use subscript and superscripts as well as footnotes. Unlike other text editors, however, you can’t create links in your copy. Instead, you’ll need to create a separate source file that contains links or references and then paste it into your editor window (which will not display live previews). This feature is similar to how many content management systems work. For example, when you add an image to WordPress, it will appear within your post body but won’t appear on your website until you publish your post—at which point it will be visible for all visitors.
8) Keyboard Shortcuts Support
You can assign shortcut keys to your favorite tools and actions, making it easier for you to perform them. These can be easily accessed using your keyboard. For example, let’s say you have assigned Ctrl+K as a shortcut key for Bold feature and while editing any text, if you press Ctrl+K, it would apply Bold format on that word/phrase. Pretty easy right? Well, what else do you need?
9) Code Snippets
Another way you can enhance your web content with coding is by adding snippets. Snippets are short pieces of code that tell your website how to do specific tasks, like pull data from an online source, insert social media buttons or create a form to register for a newsletter. In order to use them, you simply cut and paste them into your text editor when writing or editing a post or page. That makes it easy for site visitors to navigate and gives them plenty more tools for browsing through posts and pages on your site.
10) Testing Tools
The WYSIWYG editor includes several testing tools that can help you make sure your website is working properly before it goes live. There’s a spell checker and a built-in color picker, so if you notice something that needs to be fixed, now’s your chance.