24 Sep 2009

WYSIWYG Text Widget Editor for WordPress

General, Wordpress 15 Comments

I just ran into an excellent plugin for WordPress that should be included with every install.

The default WordPress installation offers a basic Text Widget editor that requires HTML knowledge and experience (basically the WordPress editor in ‘Code’ view). When handing off the WordPress installation to clients with little to no HTML experience, it is important to include WYSIWYG edtiors wherever possible.

Update 7/7/2011: The WYSIWYG Widgets plugin does just that. It’s simple to install and can easily be added to any sidebar as a widget. I can confirm that this widget works with WordPress 3.2.

The Rich Text Widget plugin does just that. It’s simple to install and can easily be added to any sidebar as a widget.

15 Responses to “WYSIWYG Text Widget Editor for WordPress”

  1. Brennan says:

    The Advanced Text Widget plugin does not support WYSIWYG. It would be nice if it did so.

  2. chad says:

    Clicking the “Visual” tab in the Advanced Text Widget displays the same editor WordPress uses for editing pages.

    The only difference is that the Advanced Text Widget does not allow you to use the “Kitchen Sink” buttons.

  3. DannyT says:

    I’m not sure the widget you’ve linked is the same as you have installed, I don’t have a “Visual” tab nor a wysiwyg editor with teh Advanced Text Widget. It just allows php in the widget and to choose where it shows up. For me at least

  4. chad says:

    My mistake, I linked to the wrong plugin!

    I have fixed the link, which now points to the “Rich Text Widget” plugin.

  5. marnie says:

    This editor not working..

  6. chad says:

    What version of WordPress are you using?

  7. Dean says:

    It’s good. Works for me :)

  8. jq says:

    Upload Image,video,audio and media not working, it just keeps on showing the loading gif

  9. Phil says:

    Like ‘jq’ I cannot get the IMAGE UPLOAD to work at all — any ideas why? or any fixes for this widget?


  10. chad says:

    I have not had the chance to test this Widget with newer versions of WordPress, but there is probably a good chance features have been broken.

  11. Jess says:

    I just installed WYSIWYG Widget v1.0.6 on WordPress 3.2 – works good for me :)

  12. chad says:

    Jess, thank you for the heads up on that plugin. I’ve updated this post to include it.

  13. Jenise says:

    I was successful in installing it but after I added the text..I was unable to save it nor close the overlay window. I had to back out to get it to close.

  14. Lina says:

    I have the same problem as Jenise above. Can’t exit the overlay window at all. Tried it with wp 3.1.3
    Too bad, seemed like a good idea.

  15. Danny van Kooten says:

    As the developer of WYSIWYG Widgets I want to give you a quick heads up that I’ve just updated the plugin to version 1.1, which adresses most of the known issues. :-)

    The plugin is now browser compatible again, so give it a try and let me know what you think!


    Kind regards, Danny

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