If you build websites using WordPress, you will probably find that you need to edit published articles from time to time. I find myself making a few edits to posts every week though most of the edits I do are small corrections rather than major rewrites e.g typos, spelling mistakes, etc.

Edit_Post_Link WordPress Function

One of my favourite WordPress functions is edit_post_link. When called inside an article template such as single.php, page.php or index.php; the function adds an ‘Edit’ link to the page. This allows you to quickly enter the post editor for a post or page and make any changes you need to make. I would assume that most WordPress users follow this process when they find an error in one of their articles.

I came across a plugin recently that makes the process of editing published posts much easier. Raptor Editor is a WordPress plugin that lets you edit posts live on your website. Having never came across the plugin before, I was surprised to see that the plugin was been around for a few years.

Once installed, you will be able to edit your posts live on your website, as long as you are logged in. I assumed that to edit posts you would need to click a button or something in order to tell WordPress you want to edit a post. It doesn’t work that way. Visually your website will look the same but when you click on your article you will then be able to edit it.

Raptor Editor WordPress Plugin

When to use raptor editor?

Raptor Editor wasn’t designed for only simple edits. When you click on the post content the Raptor Editor will appear at the top of the page. Raptor Editor is an HTNL5 WYSIWYG editor that works with a lot of platforms (WYSIWYG=What You See Is What You Get). You can do everything via the Raptor Editor that you can via the regular WordPress Editor.

Common styling options such as bold, italic and underline are available as well as alignment options, font sizes and even the media library for uploading and inserting pictures. One thing you need to do after making your changes is click the save button on the editor. If you don’t, all the changes you made will be lost.

Although the editor is displayed at the top of the page by default, it can be un-docked and placed on any part of the page. In line editing can be turned off via the plugin settings page. You can also add the Raptor Editor features to QuickPress (QuickPress is the quick post widget you see on the home page of the admin area).

Raptor Editor Settings

If you frequently edit published posts and pages on your website, you should find Raptor Editor incredibly useful. It doesn’t let you do anything you can’t do already but it does let you do it much quicker. I recommend checking it out 🙂

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