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Front-end editing for WordPress

Front-end editing in WordPress is picking up a lot of steam lately.

The recent release of 3.8 brought us a fresh new admin interface and in my opinion, a better blogging experience. With all the new UI goodies, it has folks like me craving for more.

Recent blogging competitors like Ghost and Medium, embrace a simple publishing interface.

How can we take our WordPress blogging experience to the next level and leave all that technical clutter behind the scenes? Let’s dig into some front-end editing plugins.

Front-end Editor WordPress plugin

Plugin information:
Front-end Editor
http://wordpress.org/plugins/front-end-editor/
214k+ Downloads as of this post
4.3 out of 5 stars

Front-end Editor is a plugin that lets you make changes to your content directly from your site. No need to load the admin backend just to correct a typo.

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Thoughts on the Front-end editor plugin

The plugin certainly lives up to it’s name without any real roadblocks one might expect. The Epic theme has a very clean layout, so It’s tough to say how the plugin holds up if you were running something a bit more complex.

That said, there’s a few things that I’d like to see from future releases:

  1. Adding images from the media gallery to the content area.
  2. Utilize the WordPress page linking function when adding links.

At the end of the day, I won’t be creating my content in the front-end using this plugin. There’s still too many moving parts of a blog post like photos, video or embedding podcast media. However, it’s great for making those visual tweaks before you publish your hard earned post.

I still say it’s worth checking out and I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments below!

If you want to follow along with the front-end editing discussion going on for WordPreds core, checkout http://make.wordpress.org/ui/tag/front-end-editor/