Which Content Editor should you use?

joomla support cheshire manchester merseyside north west ukThe default content editor in a Joomla! CMS website is TinyMCE.

Theer are however alternative content editor extensions that you can use with your website.

We like the JCE Content Editor and it is this editor that we focus on here in our Working with Content Editors article.

How do TinyMCE and JCE compare?

There used to be a BIG difference.

Prior to Joomla! 4 the TinyMCE editor did not offer as big a range of features as JCE.

Since Joomla! 4 the default content editor is much improved.

Both enable you to create editor profiles for users depending upon their status: editor, super user etc.

We recommend that you try using both; maybe JCE for website administrators and TinyMCE for contributors.

When we configure WYNCHCO Joomla! 4 Website Designs, we offer to install and configure the JCE Content Editor for you.

Reasons: see below.

jce panel

JCE not only supports easy upload and embedding of images within Articles, but also lots of control over how images are displayed.

JCE enables quick and easy switching via a toggle button (see image) between WYSIWYG and HTML views whilst editing an Article.

jce show hide

JCE offers FOUR alternative EDITOR PROFILES which can be separately assigned to different users.

This is really useful when you manage a team of website contributors and want to limit what they can and cannot do when editing website content.

Read more: JCE Content Editor Profiles.

Useful links

Read more: JCE Developer Website.

JCE Content Editor Demo.

JCE Content Editor Video Tutorials.

Simply select Log in when you visit the above Demo link.

Here is what the TinyMCE Content Editor panel looks like by default in a Joomla! CMS.

tinymce panel

Assigning a Content Editor to Users

If you choose to install a 3rd party content editor extension then you will need to assign it either:

  • globally for all users as the DEFAULT EDITOR in the GLOBAL CONFIGURATION screen of your website dashboard, or
  • to individual Users via the dashboard screen for each User.

Read more: Change Global Configuration Settings.

Read more: Change Individual User Settings.


Using the Content Editor

Use whichever content editor you like best to edit website content in the Front End or the dashboard.

First sign in

Select the Sign in Panel to sign into the Front End.

Or the Sign in menu link from the Bottom Menu.

By default, the Sign in panel is visible at the foot of every screen in a WYNCHCO Joomla! 4 Website Design.

login front end

Then look for the COG

cogWhen you select the arrow  next to the COG you will see a pop-up list of options.


content editor button

Providing you have signed in as a User with Special Permissions then you will see an Edit option.

cog selected

If you cannot see the Edit option then you have not signed in as a user with special permissions.

Read more: Special User Permissions.


To use the content editor to edit an Article after signing into your website's dashboard, select the Articles button.



To use the content editor to edit a Category Introduction after signing into your website's dashboard, select the Categories button (see image below).



To use the content editor to edit a Custom Module after signing into your website's dashboard, select the Modules button.



Contents include:

JCE Help.
Formatting Text.
PDFs & other file types.
Custom Style Sets.
Toggle Editor Button.
Page Breaks.
Read More Buttons.
Anchor Points & Links.
Visual Blocks.
Prevent Scripts being removed on saving.
JCE Update News.

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