If you are developing a customized content management system for a website, blog, wiki, social network or any other web based application, your choice of HTML editor is going to have a major impact on success of your project.
Even if you are already comfortable with an HTML editor, you should be aware of alternatives that may be more suitable for a specific project or audience. Following is a list of free web based editors to help you choose best solution for your next CMS project.
WYMeditor is a web-based WYSIWYM editor, created to generate perfectly structured XHTML strict code that conforms to the W3C XHTML specifications. WYMeditor is dual licensed under the Open Source MIT and GPL licenses.
CLEditor is a open source jQuery plugin which provides a lightweight, full featured, cross browser, WYSIWYG HTML editor which can be easily added into any web site.
This jQuery plugin is an inline content editor to allow editing rich HTML content on the fly. It’s an alternative to WYMeditor with much less features. The main concept is to keep it simple, not all users need font coloring or create tables, just the basic.
A simple, light weight, extensible WYSIWYG HTML Editor built on top of jQuery. This component allows you to easily display a WYSIWYG HTML Editor in place of any TextArea DOM Elements on the page.
A simple web-based WYSIWYG editor, written in MooTools.
The Mootools Rich Text Editor.
- YUI Rich Text Editor
YUI Rich Text Editor is highly customizable editor that works great with YUI library. The Rich Text Editor’s toolbar is extensible via a plugin architecture so that advanced implementations can achieve a high degree of customization.
Xinha is a powerful WYSIWYG HTML editor component that works in all current browsers. Its configurability and extensibility make it easy to build just the right editor for multiple purposes, from a restricted mini-editor for one database field to a full-fledged website editor. Its liberal, BSD license makes it an ideal candidate for integration into any kind of project.
openWYSIWYG is a free cross-browser WYSIWYG editor that’s packed with rich-text editing feature you need to make your content management system.
- Free Rich Text Editor
Markup / Markdown Editors
- WMD: The WYSIWYM Markdown Editor
WMD is a simple, lightweight HTML editor for blog comments, forum posts, and basic content management. You can add WMD to any textarea with one line of code. Add live preview with one line more. WMD works in nearly all modern browsers, and is completely free to use.