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Better HTML editor view for WordPress?

  • # June 4, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Does such a thing exist? I hate the current HTML editor… My tab key doesn’t even work first off, and no code highlighting….

    Its okay for snippets of HTML, but using WP as a CMS… ugh, just a strain on the eyes and I hate not being able to write clean code with tabs, etc.

    I’ve looked for plugins etc, and can’t find shit.

    Please let me know asap if anyone knows anything, before I started this new project without WP.

    Thanks!

    # June 4, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    How much code are you writing within WordPress? The html view is just for fine tuning the content of your posts, if you are doing any more than that then you are doing it wrong.
    If your posts and pages don’t look the way you want then create some new templates in your editor of choice and apply them as and when needed.

    # June 4, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    The source view is for simply writing posts. There shouldn’t be anymore tags than these:

      <img />
      <p>
      <strong>
      <em>
      <br />
      <ol>
      <ul>
      <li>

    Those are really the only tags you should conceivably use within the pages. As apostrophe said, if you’re doing more than that, you’re probably doing something wrong.

    # June 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Well I’m trying to use WP as a type of CMS… You see, basically inserting the content through the source part and just using the php includes.

    Am I dumb for doing this?

    I understand templates, but how many is realistic to have?

    # June 5, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Number of templates depends on the scale of the site. A simple portfolio could probably have about 5. We have developed our own CMS for the company that I work for and some clients have up to 17-20 templates for many different uses.

    If the coding is very complicated (which defeats the purpose of the CMS), why don’t you just code it in DW (or your choice of editors) and then copy/paste into WP?

    # June 5, 2009 at 1:58 am

    That could work I suppose… Just thought that with all the awesome plugins for wordpress, there would of been something like that out already…

    # June 5, 2009 at 10:11 am
    Quote:
    Well I’m trying to use WP as a type of CMS… You see, basically inserting the content through the source part and just using the php includes.

    That’s one strange type of CMS.
    The whole point of any CMS is to be able to add/edit content without having to write code, that’s why it’s called a content management system. If you have to code a new layout everytime you want to add something then it’s just a website.
    You could try integrating this into your backend http://markitup.jaysalvat.com/home/

    # June 5, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Okay then, so how in WordPress could you control all the different "modules" that you want to appear at different parts on the pages like other CMSs then? Code the sidebar to not really be a sidebar and just another div somewhere?

    # June 5, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I use a custom template with a custom sidebar.php.

    # June 11, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Version 2.8 now has syntax highlighting and function lookup built into plugin and theme editors. Perhaps this is what you’re looking for, though I’m not sure, haven’t tried out 2.8 yet.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Version_2.8

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