Ever wished that you could edit and write WordPress posts from the front end of your site? If so, you’re in luck because WordPress front end editor plugins can make that dream a reality.
With them, you, and potentially other users at your site, can edit posts without ever needing to look at the back end WordPress dashboard.
In this post, I’ve collected 5 great WordPress front end editor plugins to help you get started. You’ll see a couple of page builders, but I also think I’ve dug up some non-page builder options you might not have encountered before.
And to help you see them in action, I went hands-on with each and every plugin on this list.
Let’s jump right in…
Editus, formerly known as Lasso, is a WordPress front end editor from the same team as the Aesop Story Engine plugin.
It’s probably the most smooth, full-featured front end content editor that you’ll find for WordPress – you’ll just need to pay for it!
With Editus, you can type and edit text directly on the front end of your site. Look how easy it is:
Working with text using Editus is a breeze. But it’s also by no means limited to text. If you click the Plus icon, you can insert:
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- Parallax effect
- Audio player
- Google Maps embed
When you insert these elements, you get new front end options that let you control them. For example, here’s what it looks like to control an image:
You can also control post settings – like editing its status or URL slug.
In general, the Editus interface feels easy to use. And if you’re just looking for a solid WordPress front end post editor, it’s probably the best that you’ll find.
Price: Starts at $99 for use on 3 sites, or $199 for use on unlimited sites
2. Frontier Post
Frontier Post takes a different approach than Editus. The term “front end editor” still applies, but it’s using the term a bit differently.
Whereas Editus is more about letting you visually edit posts on the front end of your site, Frontier Post makes the normal WordPress editor available on the front end for you and other users.
All from the front end of your site, you’ll be able to:
- View your existing posts or create a new post
- Write content using the TinyMCE editor, add tags and categories, etc.
For example, here’s a list of my current posts on my test site. You can either click to edit one of those posts, or click the Create New Post button:
Then, you can write your posts using the TinyMCE editor, including inserting media using the regular Media Library interface and adding categories/tags:
This one doesn’t really make the actual editing process more friendly, but it is a great way to keep clients or users out of the WordPress back end while still letting them create and edit content.
You also get lots of user permissions to control exactly who can do what.
3. WP Quick FrontEnd Editor
WP Quick FrontEnd Editor is kind of in between Editus and Frontier Post.
Basically, it gives you a toolbar button that you can click to quickly activate a front end text editor when you’re viewing a post. This editor isn’t quite as visual as Editus, but it is more streamlined than Frontier Post and still has some visual elements.
Here’s what I mean:
It’s really handy for how quickly it lets you make tweaks to your content without needing to use the back end. And because there’s no defined editing box, it still has some visual design aspects to it.
You get a pretty detailed text editor, including the option to:
- Add media using the regular WordPress Media Library interface
- Add, change, or remove the post’s featured image
- Edit the title
If you just want a basic WordPress front end editor that’s lightweight and free, this one seems like a pretty great option.
Ok, Elementor is more of a full-service page builder than just a WordPress front end editor. But it has one of the smoothest interfaces among page builders, so it makes a solid editor for posts in a pinch.
You can drag and drop elements over from the sidebar to add them to your page. And Elementor now supports inline text editing, so writing your content and formatting it is a breeze:
If you’re interested in Elementor, make sure you check out our detailed Elementor review. The free version should work fine for basic front end editing, but the Pro version also adds a bunch of helpful page building functionality, like true theme building.
Price: Free, or Pro starts at $49
Like Elementor, Brizy is technically a page builder. But I think Brizy’s inline visual editing experience makes it well-suited as a front end content editor.
Whereas most page builders use sidebars or popups to help you style/control elements, Brizy tries to keep as many options as possible in the inline editing experience.
Here’s an example – let’s say you want to add a button to your design. Pretty much every other page builder would use a sidebar or popup to control that button. But with Brizy, the experience is seamless:
And it also sports a really smooth inline text editing experience:
Bonus: CSS Hero
Ok, this one isn’t a content editor. But in the spirit of front end editing, we’re throwing CSS Hero in as a bonus because it can help you style your content from the front end.
It won’t let you actually edit text and images. But it will help you style everything by offering up a front end, user-friendly CSS editor interface.
Some of the ways it can help you style your content include:
- Changing the font and color of your post title or content
- Making your “Read More” link into a button
- Adding styling to your images or featured image
- Doing anything else with CSS!
So – CSS Hero is not a WordPress front end editor for text. But it is a beginner-friendly front end editor for CSS.
If you’re intrigued, make sure to check out our complete CSS Hero 3 review.
Final Thoughts On The Best WordPress Front End Editor Plugins
If you’re interested in true front end content editing for your posts, Editus is probably the best option, though it’s not free. WP Quick FrontEnd Editor is another solid option, though the actual editing experience isn’t as slick as Editus.
Frontier Post offers a different take on front end editing, allowing both you and permitted users to manage and edit posts from the front end of your site.
And if you want to get into more page building-type functionality, Elementor and Brizy offer two great front end editing experiences.
Know any other great front end editing plugins? Let us know in the comments!