Instant visual editor for your blog, website

Putting a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editor for your blog or website content management system used to involve installing a software package in the web server. Not anymore. I found this link to a Firefox plugin that would allow you to use the Xinha editor on any HTML text entry area.

Xinha Here! (photo below) is a must-have Firefox plugin for anyone who publishes online-whether on blogs, news portals or even forums. What’s good about using Xinha Here! instead of a server-side WYSIWYG solution is that you can turn WYSIWYG editing on and off without having to change settings.

To use the Xinha editor, just right click on the entry form and choose Xinha Here!.

I tried it on this blog and found that the latest version of the plugin worked almost flawlessly. There is no facility to upload and browse photos but I do not need this function since I host my photos on Flickr and PhotoBucket anyway. The editing window also does not resize that well.

The next version of WordPress comes with a WYSIWYG editor, which you can disable. When I upgrade this site, I plan to disable WordPress’s built-in WYSIWYG editor and just use Xinha Here!.


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  1. Xinha Here!

    I’ve been very frustrated with the WYSIWYG editor that comes with WordPress 2.0. I decided to look for something that didn’t require a plugin or modifications to WP code. I eventually found Xinha Here!

  2. […] Below is the screenshot of the new version using the XP Blue theme. If you arenít familiar with Xinha Here!, hereís my earlier post on the plugin.   blogging, blog tools, firefox, firefox extension, wysiwyg editor // Used for showing and hiding user information in the comment form function ShowUtils() { document.getElementById(“authorinfo”).style.display = “”; document.getElementById(“showinfo”).style.display = “none”; document.getElementById(“hideinfo”).style.display = “”; } function HideUtils() { document.getElementById(“authorinfo”).style.display = “none”; document.getElementById(“showinfo”).style.display = “”; document.getElementById(“hideinfo”).style.display = “none”; } […]

  3. Xinha, Here! WYSIWYG editor for Firefox

    Max Limpag writes on Xinha Here!, a nifty Firefox 1.5 extension (yes, version 1.5 and above only) that converts your textarea into a what you see is† what you get (WYSIWYG) editor.

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  4. That is really a good Firefox plugin. I am developing my own CMS though, so I wanted a server-side one, and I guess it’s also cool.

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