In a move aimed squarely at ClassicPress users, CodePotent has forked a pre-gutenberg version of the very popular TinyMCE Advanced plugin which had become a hybrid version as a WordPress plugin. The advanced editor gives you much greater control over what functions are available from the toolbar, as you will see in this post.
The first image is a live version of what your toolbar will look like. You will see that in your admin panel under Settings. In real-time, you can move your buttons around to whatever order suits you.
You can remove existing or add new buttons, by dragging them to and from the Unused Buttons area as shown in the second image.
You can also toggle whether or not to display the dropdown menus in the top row, by using the checkbox at the top (Enable the editor menu).
As you can see, there are a lot of features you can add to your editor that were not available with the basic TinyMCE editor. You can easily add the ability to create and design tables without the need for a separate plugin. You also have greater control over inline font style, size and background colour.
There are other options available as you scroll down the settings screen. One option is to use a different dialog box when creating hyperlinks. Instead of the annoying WordPress one where you have to click on the gear button to actually get at what you want, you get a complete box with all your options in one place.
You can also choose where you want the advanced editor to be used, instead of the default one, such as:
- The main editor (Add new and edit posts and pages)
- Other editors in wp-admin
- Editors on the front end of the site
I am using it for the forum, because it gives members a lot more freedom in how their posts look, and enables links to be opened in a new tab, which disappeared when using the default editor.
For those who want to go even further and use an actual page-builder for one or more pages, you can always use the free version of Elementor. Combining the Advanced Editor with Elementor gives you the best of both worlds and does what Gutenberg set out to do, without all the hassles.
The paid version of Elementor allows you to design your own layout from scratch, giving you control over menus and other page sections. But that is a topic for another post.