Customize and extend WordPress editor with TinyMCE

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An optimized editor offers you exactly the functions you need for your contributions. It helps you to concentrate on the essentials and to work effectively.

With TinyMCE you can customize the WordPress editor to your needs. You get quick access to frequently used functions and can remove unnecessary elements for you.

Adaptation to the WordPress editor

TinyMCE is a WYSIWYG editor (what you see is what you get) for web applications that displays your document in edit mode exactly as it will later be displayed on end devices.

Install and customize TinyMCE

Select Plugins > TinyMCE Advanced > Install > Activate from the main menu. Now select Settings > TinyMCE Advanced to customize your own editor.

The editor already contains the most important buttons, which you can move or remove. Drag and drop buttons with different options into the toolbar and arrange them in the order you need them most.

To apply your changes, click Save Changes.

Add frequently used functions

Depending on your needs, you can add various functions, here are two examples:

Using the anchor button, you can link certain text passages in long texts in order to gain quick access to the sub-topics of your contribution.

  • Create an anchor anywhere in your post.
  • To link the anchor, select any text or image, select Insert link and assign #ankername as link URL.
TinyMCE Settings

Also useful: Using the Search and Replace function, you can replace an unwanted or outdated word in your entire post with a more appropriate one in just one step.

  • Save your changes

Remove Useless Buttons

By right-clicking on your computer mouse/touchpad or using the keyboard shortcuts, you can access functions such as copy/paste/cut. You can also remove these functions from your editor to get a better overview.

  • Save your changes

Advanced Options

In Advanced Options, you can set additional settings for Editor themes, font sizes, inserting image sources, and more.

If several authors work on your website, you can assign different author types and editor outputs with different functions under Administration.

New in version 4.3

Tiny MCE offers in the new version 4.3 some interesting and useful new features, such as embedding pictures or videos from the Internet. Simply click on the image or video button and insert the URL of your desired image / video.

With the help of picture captions you can now give your pictures a title or a description which appears directly below the picture.

This article was published on 05 Oct 2018 by sebastian.zientek as part of the topic WordPress .

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