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12 Best Text Editors for Your Next Web Design Project

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TinyMCE editorWeb developers often integrate an advanced text editing option within projects they're working on. There are several simple and rich text editors that can be easily integrated with popular content management systems. Most of them are built with JavaScript which allows easy setup and integration. I've tested and handpicked some of the best editors one can use for his web projects. Customizing these editors at the back end is dead simple with dozens of options. If you want to use one of these editors, test and pick the best one that fulfills the requirement of your next web design project. Most of these web-based text editors are open source and free to use. You can also fork and extend some of these text editors to create your very own flavor. Let's see the features and functionalities of these flexible text editors.

TinyMCE editor
TinyMCE - It is one of the most popular and widely used rich text editor used within several popular software. It's build on JavaScript and is extremely flexible and user friendly. You can integrate it with a web page in less than a minute. Its powerful user interface API lets developers customize it completely according to the project requirements. And, with flexible plugin support, adding new functions is just so easy. You can also use its content delivery network support to provide smooth editing experience to the end users. It's one of my favorite editors for web design projects.

CKEditor web-based editor
CKEditor - This powerful editor is perfect for turning text area in your web project into a full-fledged rich text editor. It has a handy spell check option that makes it one of the popular choices among the developers. Undo option and automatic language detection is some of its other powerful features. It also supports plugins to add third-party functionalities. Developers can also stylize its appearance as well as can configure various content settings to make it compatible with their existing web project. It's slick, fast and extremely flexible web-based text editor for developers.

WMD markdown editor
WMD - This editor comes in two different flavors. Developers can use both jQuery based and without jQuery version for their projects. Integration and customization are seamless. It allows you to turn multiple text areas in a single web page into full-fledged text editors. Preview function lets end users easily see their content in a formatted state before submission. Since it is open source, you can easily fork it to modify according to your requirements. Triggering additional options associated with this editor is fairly easy. It's lightweight and doesn't put a load on your website.

YUI Rich text editor
YUI Rich Text Editor - This popular web-based rich text editor is made by Yahoo! engineers and is used by several big websites. It is broadly divided into two versions viz., simple editor, advanced rich text editor. You can switch to your preferred version easily even after integrating it with the website. One of its powerful features is drag and drop support for images. You can also resize images with simple mouse dragging. Through its reliable plugin support, you can populate its toolbar with desired features and options. It also works seamlessly on mobile devices and tablets.

markItUp editor
markItUp - This multipurpose web editor can be used to integrate regular rich text editor as well as code editor within your web project. It also supports markdown syntax that allows users to create rich formatted content with ease. It also supports keyboard shortcuts for lightning-fast editing. With custom skins and custom drop-down menus, it is a perfect candidate for a powerful web editor that can be used in a project. Through callback functions, developers can also add complex macros for this editor. This enables you to add multiple custom action sequence quite easily.

Hallo markdown editor
Hallo - If you want to integrate a simple and lightweight markdown editor within your web project, then this editor is an ideal option for the same. Its minimal interface is ideal for converting comments and bulletin board fields into user-friendly text editing areas. Like other powerful options, integrating this web editor is also very easy and just requires few lines of code. Once activated within a web page, you can also deactivate it dynamically based on events. It also has a rich collection of plugins for added features. You can also listen to events generated by this editor.

NicEdit editor
NicEdit - This feature-packed rich text editor can turn any web page element into a text editing wrapper. With just two lines of code, you can turn every text area on a web page into a rich text editor. It also has a lively support community that can help you integrate advanced and custom features with ease. Several plugins are available for this web editor that enables you to add useful functions with minimal effort. You can also use its rich API library to create custom plugins for creating proprietary functions. One can also capture and program events generated by this editor.

Bootstrap WYSIWYG editor
Bootstrap WYSIWYG - This is one of the slimmest and lightning fast web editors available for web projects. If you're using bootstrap framework for your next project, then this rich text editor is a perfect option for adding enhanced text editing capabilities. You can build custom toolbars for this editor and can enable voice input support for Google Chrome users. It also works without any glitch in tablets and mobile devices. It is one of the few web editors that provide tons of online options to configure and customize the available features and functionalities fairly easily.

widgEditor - This is yet another JavaScript based WYSIWYG web editor that can be easily integrated in a web page. Its handy toggle button lets users capture HTML code instantly from the edited content within the pane. This helps in easy transfer of edited text to an HTML editor. I've tested its integration with several popular web frameworks and found it extremely useful. Its small and optimized code size doesn't consume much system resources and is ideal for making multiple text areas into rich text editors within a single web page. You can easily use it for comment forms too.

Ace code editor
Ace - If you want to integrate a code editor within your web project, Ace is one of the powerful options. It has syntax highlighting support for several popular languages and can be easily integrated into any web page. Its large collection of custom themes makes it the preferred choice among web developers. Surprisingly, it can handle very large documents leaving a very small footprint on the memory. Code folding, complex search and replace actions are some its prominent features. One of its powerful features is multiple cursors and multiple selections which makes it quite useful.

Mercury web editor
Mercury Editor - This modern content editor leverages the capabilities of HTML5 for providing rich features to the end users. You can easily add or remove tools from the top bar and can also create custom tools to suit your needs. HTML, Markdown and image handling is supported out-of-the-box. Loading of this editor is unobtrusive as it doesn't hinder the rendering of the parent page in which it is embedded. You can easily use third-party JavaScript libraries to enhance this flexible text editor. Content previewing and rich media uploading (video files) is also supported by it.

CodeMirror web editor
CodeMirror - And last but not the least, we have a popular web-based code editor used in several big web projects. This editor is powered by JavaScript offering countless customization options for serious developers. Whether it is skinning or content editing, a rich API offers an easy way to customize every single feature of this editor. It also has bi-directional editing support with powerful search 'n' replace options. You can also control the font size and style through its API functions. It supports easy editing of over five dozen popular programming languages.


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