A Visual Editor for Your Widgets: The Black Studio TinyMCE Widget Plugin

By Ali Luke

For ages, I’ve had a small but annoying issue with WordPress: it has a visual editor for posts, but not for widgets.

This doesn’t bother me with my own sites (I can write HTML so I just use that for my widgets), but it’s a pain when I set up sites for friends and family who want to be able to create visually interesting text-based widgets – e.g. an “About” widget with an image, links, bullet points, bold text and so on.

While I was looking for a good solution to suggest to members of our Get Blogging course, I came across this plugin:

Black Studio TinyMCE Widget

This adds a visual editor to your widgets, based on the standard one (which is called “TinyMCE”). As the creators explain:

This is intended to overcome the limitations of the default WordPress text widget, so that you can visually add rich text contents to your sidebars, with no knowledge of HTML required.

It simply adds a new widget type to your “Available Widgets,” like this:

black-studio-tinymce-widget-available

To use it, just drag that widget into your sidebar and open it up. It looks very similar to the regular posts / pages editor, and you can add images and formatting in just the same way:

black-studio-tinymce-widget-in-action

(Note: it doesn’t replace the standard “text” widget, which you can use for plain text or for HTML code.)

If you don’t know HTML, or if you’d simply prefer a quicker and easier way to create rich text widgets, give this Black Studio plugin a go!




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9 Responses to “A Visual Editor for Your Widgets: The Black Studio TinyMCE Widget Plugin”

  • Shawn Hartwell

    I can’t thank you enough for this useful plugin. I’m going to be installing it as soon as I can.

    I wonder why a plugin like this hasn’t been included in “must have” lists before. Seems that it’s something even someone with advanced knowledge of HTML would find useful.

    I know I will!

  • Lola

    Wow, thank you very much for this plugin – it will come in very handy!

    It’s nice to get something for free for a change (your info).

    Happy New Year!

  • Angelina

    awesome…mnice …keep writing such post..awesome..!!

  • Ranjan raja

    I can’t thank you enough for this useful plugin. I’m going to be installing and it is very useful in editing,

  • Angelina

    I’m going to be installing it as soon as I can.
    I wonder why a plugin like this hasn’t been included in “must have” lists before. Seems that it’s something even someone with advanced knowledge of HTML would find useful. thanks…!!

  • JR John

    That’s cool!

    However, HTML is fine for me for now. 😉

    Thanks!
    JR John

  • Angelina

    I’m going to be installing it as soon as I can.
    I wonder why a plugin like this hasn’t been included in “must have” lists before. Seems that it’s something even someone with advanced knowledge of HTML would find useful.

  • Heru Prasetyono

    I installed this plugin as soon as I read this posting.
    This is a very good free plugin. It is very useful and easy to install.
    It works well.
    I like it very much.
    Thank you for sharing this cool stuff.

  • sharma

    HTML is fine for me for now. ;)great article…nice thanks..!!

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