Web HTML Editors

I setup WordPress for theinternetfoundation.org. And the main reason behind this is to have a simple platform for getting content published to the internet. In general WordPress should be though of as a simple method for writing text, images and a few other embedded format types and getting them easily published online.

There are a few other alternatives for getting information published to the interwebs and I will attempt to cover them here.

Ghost

At the top of the list is ‘Ghost’ a content management system written in Nodejs. And I don’t know much about it besides a screenshot. Ghost seems to be behind a paywall for $29 a year (maybe?) at minimum with a 14 day free trial. If they have a community edition that I could set up and test out I would be pretty happy to test an instance and recommend it to others or use it. How ever all I have to go on right now is screenshots. And honestly the screenshots look extremely compelling with a very slim and focused interface.

TinyMCE

TinyMCE isn’t exactly a publishing platform on its own. It’s more of a rich editor for the web. Which offers a very standard looking text-editor environment, which will convert the rich text content into an html format. The editor itself doesn’t provide a full suite for editing and positing content, instead it’s treated more of a small tool than can be integrated anywhere. And one of those places might be WordPress. So I might look for plugin to see if it can be added.

Elements

Couldn’t find a decent screenshot of Elements, so I’ll go with the promotion video. This is a more visual style editor for WordPress which allows you to create pages by dragging contents onto the page, and then moving things around. I guess I would need to test how it works in how it works of which widgets you can actually use, how it works for posts, vs pages. And in specifically which instances you would use it in.

The good news is that it’s free*. Not free as in beer, but free to try as a limited install is free. And then the pro-version is $49 per year. Which is nice that they have very clear pricing for how much their product costs.

Code Anywhere

Code Anywhere falls into a more general category of web IDE’s. As you have other services such as Cloud 9, and other number of smaller ones that I haven’t looked into. But the idea seems to be the same, you have a web-based text editor, that can connect to and edit files on a server in real time, and also has a built in terminal to let you run commands if you needto.

And these will often come with their own VPS or otherwise containers to help you get started with projects or pages that you might want to work with. So this kind of depends if you want to use a collection of tools like winscp, notepad++ and cygwin, or this.


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