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A modern website cannot be presented without a content management system (Content Management System, CMS *). At the same time, modern CMS can not be imagined without a visual editor of the content. When developing your own system, you can take up the development of your WYSIWYG editor *, but is it worth it? There are a huge number of editors on the market – from simple to powerful, from expensive to absolutely free.

Of this abundance, you can certainly choose a component that meets your requirements, and save time and money.
The choice is so wide that you can spend a lot of precious time searching for that one thing. In this article I will try to briefly describe the most popular editors, as well as some interesting new items. The main criterion for the selection of editors for this article was not only the quality of the product, but also the availability of a version suitable for free use to one degree or another.

Key players

Tinmyce

Official site
Official site
Browser support: Internet Explorer, Firefox / Mozilla / Netscape, Safari, Opera
Licensing: main module – free (LGPL), commercial plugins
Tinmyce
TinyMCE is probably the most popular online WYSIWYG editor. When the first version came out in 2004, the creators emphasized the simplicity and speed of downloading, which was reflected in the title (the name stands for “tiny content editor from Moxiecode”). Years passed, and baby grew up in a powerful and not at all a tiny editor, used in monsters like WordPress and others.

TinyMCE – perhaps the most popular online WYSIWYG editor

The editor comes as pure JavaScript code, which is both an advantage and a disadvantage. Of course, with this approach, it can be integrated into the engine with any server technology, but at the same time, programmers need to configure and interact with the editor via JavaScript, rather than the technology on which they work (PHP, .NET, etc.). ).

The main module of the editor, as well as the basic set of plug-ins, is supplied free of charge, but for a very important plug-in that is responsible for downloading files, you will have to pay or use third-party products.

FCKeditor

Official site
Online demo
Browser support: Internet Explorer, Firefox / Mozilla / Netscape, Opera (in test mode)
Licensing: full version – free (GPL, LGL, MPL), commercial license – $ 750
FCKeditor
FCKeditor is almost as popular as TinyMCE. As in the case of TinyMCE, the name can be deceptive. FCK does not mean at all what you thought, but simply the initials of the creator – Frederico Caldeira Knabben. Over its four-year history, the editor has been overgrown with many functions and is able to satisfy a wide variety of requests.

Like TinyMCE, FCKeditor is a pure JavaScript code, but the developers have also taken care of the integrators convenience: the site has a wide range of scripts for integration with almost all major server technologies. Although the level of integration is very limited, such care is certainly commendable.

The licensing system is one of the most flexible on the market. A wide range of free licenses is presented for use in open source * projects and in-house projects, and commercial software manufacturers can purchase a special (albeit very expensive) license free of restrictions imposed by free licenses.

SPAW Editor

Official site
Online demo
Browser support: Internet Explorer, Firefox / Mozilla / Netscape, Opera
Licensing: full version – free (GPL), commercial licenses – 20-250 euros
It should be immediately noted that the author of these lines is the main developer of the SPAW Editor. Nevertheless, I will try to be objective.

SPAW Editor
SPAW Editor, like FCKeditor, is one of the oldest editors on the market. Just a couple of months ago, the second version of SPAW Editor was released, including, among other things, several unique features, such as support for a multi-document interface with tabs, a floating toolbar and others. Although the range of plug-ins is inferior to TinyMCE and FCKeditor, all the main functions are presented in full, as well as many auxiliary ones.

SPAW Editor comes as a combination of JavaScript code and PHP classes.

SPAW Editor is supplied as a combination of JavaScript code and PHP classes (a version for ASP.NET is under development). This allows PHP programmers to customize and interact with the editor in their native environment, but at the same time makes it almost impossible to use SPAW Editor with other server technologies.

SPAW Editor is delivered free of charge under the GPL-license, as well as under commercial licenses, which cost from 20 to 250 euros, depending on the scope of the intended use.

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