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Last Saturday Edwin, a reader here at WebTecker commented on the post Collection of Web Based Text Editors, and asked “If you have tinymce vs. fck, what are the most important things to look at when you have to choose between them?” As I began to write a response it got to long for a comment, so I decided to make it a post. Below is what I think is important to make a decision between the FCKEditor and TinyMCE.

FCKEditor TinyMCE
Output Code: Very Ugly and invalid Markup With the 2.6 RC update the code is valid. Uses valid XHTML and CSS code
Installation Connectors: FCKEditor is able to install with
ASP.Net, ASP, ColdFusion, PHP, Java, Active-FoxPro, Lasso, Perl, Python
TinyMCE is able to install with PHP, .NET, JSP, Coldfusion
Upload: FCKEditor allows you to upload without any plugins. TinyMCE doesn’t allow upload, but you can with a plugin that you have to buy.
Image Management: FCKEditor allows you to insert images from the server that you uploaded but without CKFinder you can’t delete images. TinyMCE doesn’t allow image management but there is a plugin that you pay for.
Load Time: Slower than TinyMCE Faster than FCKEditor
Browser Support: Internet Explorer 5.5+, FireFox 1.5+, Safari 30+, Opera 9.0+, Netscape 7.1+, Camino 1.0+ Internet Explorer 5.5+, FireFox 1.5+, Safari 3, Opera 9.0+, Camino 1.0, SeaMonkey 1.0.5
Installation: The Installation for FCKEditor is fairly easy. The only problems I have had was trying to get the right directory. The installation for TinyMCE was very easy. I had no problems.
Customization: FCKEditor is much harder to add customizable plugins, but you are able to customize the theme and the toolbar. TinyMCE is fully customizable through themes and plugins.

I really think that both these editors are very good editors, but they each have there strong points. Lets say that you want a free solution to manage files and be able to edit text. You would want to go with FCKEditor. If you are very concerned about valid XHTML and CSS Code you would go with TinyMCE.

I’m not going to tell you which one is better, because that is for you to decide. But I think in order to fully understand the capabilities and functions of both FCKEditor and TinyMCE you must try them out.
FCKEditor TinyMCE

I would love to hear what you think on this subject. So please comment below.

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