Posted to Tracy A. Cooper's blog on February 11th, 2014

The Benefits of Installing a WYSIWYG Module on Your Drupal Website

Why you should install a WYSIWYG editor.

You installed and configured Drupal for your website and blog. That’s awesome. You’re writing and posting content. Sweet! But the subject of installing a WYSIWYG (“what you see is what you get”) editor comes up and you aren’t sure. Or you have strong feelings about not installing it, and refuse to do so.

We say you should install one and here’s why.

Reasons for Developers

HTML and PHP are like second nature to you. You prefer the control that working with the code in plain text gives you. While there may be a WYSIWYG available on a Drupal install, it doesn’t mean you have to use it. In fact, you choose not to.

But unless you are the only one publishing content on your site, you will want to install a WYSIWYG. Resist that urge to force users to learn at least some HTML. Because the result will be endless requests for you to either post content or fix content not properly formatted. There will always be those users that just don’t have the time (or the inclination) to learn HTML.

As a courtesy to your non-developer friends and to save you time, install an easy-to-use WYSIWYG editor.

Reasons for Content Creators and Writers

You write. It’s your job to make sure your company website has quality content on it. You aren’t there to worry about the site development and code. It only interrupts your creative process when you are forced to think about it.

Or you only post content for your site occasionally. When it comes time to publish your content on the website, you are met with the daunting prospect of figuring out how to format it so it looks as great as it does in your publishing software.

Save your sanity -- get a WYSIWYG installed.

Just Do It

Not everyone is (or wants to be) a web developer. Get a WYSIWYG module installed well before you start adding content. There are many different WYSIWYG modules out there. A little research (and asking around the Drupal community) will get the right one for you.

Our favorite Drupal WYSIWYG is CKEditor. Do you have a favorite Drupal WYSIWYG module?

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