Advanced Editor

Overview

Advance Editor adds formatting and style controls that can be utilized while composing a post. The editor can be set to use WYSIWYG, simple HTML, Markdown, TextEx or BBCode. This plugin is available on all plan levels and can easily be toggled on in the ‘Addon’ menu of the Dashboard.

A full view of editor

Important Functions

Once enabled, Advanced Editor provides your users with familiar formatting tools. Here is a quick rundown of the functions that are currently available:

Text Formatting

The bold, italic, and strikethrough buttons

This first set of buttons allows you to add bold, italic, or strike through tags to selected text. The standard keyboard shortcuts, ctrl+b, ctrl+i, and ctrl+s also work when you have begun typing inside the editor.

Lists

Number List, Bullet List

These two buttons give the user the ability to start a list - using either numbers or bullet-points to mark each item in the list. After hitting one of those two options, Advanced Editor will jump you to the first point in your list. After writing the first point, hitting enter will bring you to the next point. Once you’re done with your list, just hit enter twice, and it will let you work on other aspects of your post.

Headings and Special Text Formatting

The format button and its menu

This button provides access to a list of formats that can be applied to text and serve various functions. First, the two headings will allow for some basic text size changes:

Heading Examples

Quoting creates a block quote from your currently selected text. Additionally, you can turn on the “Quoting” addon in your dashboard to display a button on each post in your community. Quoting a post directly will automatically link back to the comment, and user.

Content placed in a spoiler will be hidden until the ‘Show’ button is clicked. The Spoiler format is not visible while editing a post, even in wysiwyg. You can interact with the toggle once the post is published.

The code tag allows you to place code in your post without formatting conflicts. The way this displays on your forum will depend on your theme. There is an addon called “Syntax Prettfyier” that adds enhanced options to how code is displayed in your forum, allowing you to override the default CSS and add numbered lines, if desired.

Emoji

Emoji

This button contains a list of emoji that can be used within a post. You can find a list of current emoji, here.

Adding URLs

URL

This button allows the user to create a hyperlink within their post. After highlighting the text that needs to be a link, the user can click on this button to paste the URL into the form. Once ‘Ok’ is clicked, the highlighted text will become a link to the designated website.

Attaching Images and Uploading Files

Attach File Tool

This next icon indicates the Attach File tool. With Advanced Editor, there are a few easy ways to attach files to a post.

The easiest way to upload is the drag-and-drop method. Dragging a file from your computer’s file explorer and hovering it over your new post will display an overlay, letting you know that you can drop it into the editor. Dropping it into the editor will immediately upload the file.

You’ll know that the file upload was successful when you see the name of the file appear in a small box underneath the comment box. Clicking the small X next to the file will remove it from the post. You can click the icon again to place it back, or save the post to remove it permanently.

Successful File Upload

After you post your comment with an attached file, other users will see the upload appear underneath your comment in box labeled with the file’s name. Clicking on the box starts an automatic download of that file to the user’s computer.

Attach Image Tool

Next to attach file is the Attach Image tool. The Attach Image tool works almost identically to the File Upload tool above, except that when a user uploads an image to a post, the image is automatically embedded. .JPG, .PNG and .GIF files will be displayed.

This menu also allows you to take a URL from an image hosted on another site and embed that in the post directly.

Below is an animated example of the drag-And-drop method of image attachments. If the editor is in WYSIWYG mode, the image will appear in the editor just as it will when its posted:

Drag and Drop Image Example

For HTML, BBC and Markdown modes, the appropriate markup for an image will be inserted where the cursor is, and the image will appear when the post is published. File types other than images that are dropped in will appear underneath the comment box.

Changing A Post’s Body Alignment

Alignment

These familiar buttons allow users to align text within their post to the left, center, or to the right, depending on their need or preference. Alignment cannot be adjusted when using Markdown, so these buttons wont appear if Advanced Editor is set to that format.

HTML View

HTML View Toggle

This last button toggles HTML view for posts created in WYSIWYG for more advanced editing and format correction.

HTML View

You can return to the normal WYSIWYG view by hitting the HTML view toggle again.

Additional settings

If you are an administrator, you can change the settings for the editor in the Dashboard. Click the Settings icon next to advanced-editor on your addon list, or navigate directly to /settings/editor.

Advanced Editor Dashboard Settings

A quick breakdown of these additional settings can be found, here.

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