Being a die-hard hand-coder, WYSIWYG editors irk me. It’s partly an irrational “Get your mits off my code!” thing, but it’s often very practical.
Working with WordPress, many of the sites I deploy for clients need specific layout code within the editable content of WP-managed pages. The code is necessary, and the clients are savvy enough to work around my HTML when they edit their copy.
WP’s visual editor, however, isn’t. It switches any
, and otherwise messes stuff up. Maybe there’s a way to coax it into being less interfering. But for now I just need to get the visual editor out the way.
In theory that’s fine – each user just has to uncheck the visual editor box on their WordPress profile. It’s set to be checked by default when a new user is created. It already happened several times that a client has forgotten to do this, gone to edit a tiny bit of copy on the delicately coded home page, only for the editor to mess it all up.
Can’t I just set visual editing to be “off” by default?
Here’s how. In the file
wp-admin/admin-functions.php, change line 522 from this:
$user->rich_editing = 'true';
To (unsurprisingly) this:
$user->rich_editing = 'false';