The Dashboard area behind every WordPress website is super simple to look at and easy to understand and begin with. But, it still counts as another layer of understanding become expert at.
For a newbie, the front-end sounds really simple as it doesn’t pack tons of functionalities to play with. And, it looks super simple and impressive when we’re doing certain changes on the front-end using a live editing tool.
WordPress has already introduced a similar feature, named Live Customizer which works with most of the themes, and it gives you an idea of what a live editor can look like.
Still, if you’re looking to implement more features to the same, then here are some plugins to help you achieve that. These plugins are often termed as front-end editors, but you are free to call them whatever you like.
Today, I’m sharing a compilation of the best WordPress front end editor plugins with their details and highlights. Let’s see if this Front-End Live Editing concept is worth the hype or not.
#1 Visual Composer
It’s not an accident that most of the modern WordPress themes are using Visual Composer to handle the front-end editing. I find it as a major feature in approx 70% of the premium themes I look into on the daily basis and the prime reason behind this surprising stat is how premium this tool is. It works with most of the WordPress themes, even if they are not supporting it natively, and it’s a product from a premium developer. Visual Composer is all about customization and that too via its drag & drop page builder tool. It packs hundreds of design elements, which can be used in any combination to deliver a premium and unique looking layout. No matter what kind of layout you develop using this tool, it always stays responsive and mobile friendly. Also, there is no requirement of coding with this plugin as everything is designed to keep things away from that. Also, there are unlimited possibilities with it, and it still manages to maintain a top-notch performance.
- It packs 45+ premium content elements, 60+ predefined layouts, and 150+ exclusive third party add-ons.
- The plugin is ready for expandability, thanks to the powerful API.
- Everything is kept SEO friendly which ensures better ranking of the website on SERP pages.
- It comes with a top-notch standard support which is even backed up by online video tutorials and proper documentation.
- It works at both front and back end and is also compatible with WooCommerce.
VelocityPage is the second best plugin which I can recommend here, and it packs most of the features as of our first mention. It’s a premium product, requiring a payment to be made before you can use it, and is backed up by 30 days of money back guarantee. It doesn’t require any coding or technical knowledge, although you need to be aware of certain technical aspects to make the best use of it here. The front-end editing tool it packs works in real time and the effects and elements which you can arrange at the UI, are active at the same instant, giving you a proper idea of how things are going to look in real. It allows putting any sort of design which WordPress can handle and is totally integrated with the WordPress platform to ensure proper functionality. With this tool in your arsenal, you can save hundreds of dollars which you would have otherwise spent on designing. Moreover, the plugin is available with proper documentation and also holds proper support from the developer. Mostly, it is used to create landing pages or webinar or Contact Us specific webpages.
- It is compatible to be used as a landing page and works perfectly with MailChimp and Aweber integration.
- The design part is responsive and ready to work perfectly on Retina display featured iPhones and iPads.
- It packs dozens of visual elements which can be dragged and dropped into a particular position to complete the UI.
- Every design it creates is SEO friendly and even optimized for performance.
#3 WP Quick FrontEnd Editor
Bootstrap is all about front-end editing, and this particular plugin is using the same as the framework, adding top-notch security and performance to the table. It’s a free product which is also available in Pro (paid) version, so you do have an option to use it for few days before you actually pay for the services. It uses the WYSIWYG editor to bring the visual changes from the front-end and is powerful enough to bring hundreds of possibilities. The Admin can put a restriction on the type of profile allowed to make these changes, and if allowed, even Author profile can use it. It is compatible with most of the WordPress themes, coded with the proper structure. And, it also offers a proper responsive layout.
- It allows adding images to the WordPress gallery right from the front-end.
- The layout is user-friendly, light weight and it saves a lot of time.
- AJAX powers most of the part, ensuring the webpage isn’t required to be loaded to reflect a change.
#4 Front-end Editor
Now, this one is the last recommendation from my side and it’s a plugin which does a simple thing, i.e., allowing the author and admin to edit the posts from the front-end. There are no other features offered here, keeping things simple and straight. It is available for free at the official WordPress plugin store. Also, the plugin is kept updated to work properly with the latest WordPress script version.
These were the best WordPress frontend editor options to pick from. I know these are not as many as you must have thought of, but believe me, each one of these are highly capable of delivering the exact functionality you were looking for the first chance. Let me know which one you are finally picking and exactly why. Peace!