We all know that coding can be tedious, but with FCKEditor you can convert any formatted text into HTML code with just a few clicks.
On January 30, 2009,
the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor's latest release hit the web,
and we got a chance to give it a test run.
When you first go to FCKEditor's main site, you're immediately hit with the
latest news about its development, with some of the biggest new features
included in the update teaser. This update adds a fully functional
spell checker with service through SpellChecker.net,
which means that if you plan to install FCKEditor on your own site, you won't
have to take any extra steps installing a spell check program onto your site as
well. This makes for an extremely easy upload and site
installation. After that, just configure a few options to make FCKEditor
work the way you want it for your site, and you're good to go.
If you're not looking to add this program to your website, you can use the demo
of FCKEditor, which has all the same
features as the installed version. The demo is made for people to try the
editor, but we found ourselves perfectly comfortable using it to get code to
copy into our own website for updating.
The editor itself is extremely intuitive. If you've ever used
Microsoft Word, then you know how to use FCKEditor. Those with some
understanding of HTML have a slight advantage, but even if you've never coded
before in your life, you'll get the hang of all the features.
But simple text formatting is not where FCKEditor really shines. The
really great part about this site software is that you can add a host of other
common HTML items with ease and perfect customization. Sure you can add
tables and make text links, or format bold or italic, but what
about imagery? FCKEditor does that, too. You can add pictures with
custom frame sizes, create div containers,
insert flash objects, and even play with a set of cute smileys. (Aww!).
The one main drawback is that configuring the editor for your website
requires you to edit config files, rather than giving you an easy options
menu. Not a big deal for those who are comfortable with website program
installations, but editing config files may prove cumbersome for bloggers who
just want their site to work right away. Fortunately, the demo version of
FCKEditor is fully functional, so you can still save yourself the headache of
coding a huge site update or blog post.
Austin Keenan is a college student in NJ with a background in online writing. When
not blogging or producing online media for his own website, he likes to watch
online videos (high quality, of course) and kick back with a brew or two.