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How to Fix WordPress Visual Editor Issue

updated on Dec 03, 2015
How to Fix WordPress Visual Editor Issue Visual editor is a semi-WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor tool that is widely-used to edit and format your post content on WordPress platform. However, if done incorrectly, you may find there are no buttons for the content editor and the post text is in white font. Besides that, the ability to switch from HTML to Visual tab is also not working.

At this place, we would like to walk you through how to fix your not-working visual editor in an easy-to-understand language. Before starting out, we will brief you on some common reasons that may cause your visual editor problem. Now, drop down and know more information.

Top Reasons to Cause Visual Editor Problem

To be frank, there are various reasons why your visual editor is disappearing. As is often the case, the "HTML" and "Visual Editor" toolbars will be missing after a new WordPress upgrade. In the further, an outdated browser and the absence of JavaScript could make your visual editor stop working. Ultimately, if there are some conflicting plugins stored on your server, the visual editor won't work properly.

Note: If you want to see the hidden buttons that always display in the second row, you will have to click on an icon saying "Toolbar Toggle." As below, there are many options for you, such as "Underline", "Justify", "Text Color" and much more. By the way, it is possible to add more buttons with the use of a handy WordPress plugin named as "TinyMCE Advanced."

Top Reasons to Cause Visual Editor Problem

How to Fix Visual Editor Not Working Problem?

Based on our research, there are several quick ways to resolve your not-working visual editor. Here, you can take the following practical solutions for reference.

Clear Your Browser Caches and Cookies
As is suggested by most WordPress users, the best way is to clear your browser cookies and try with different web browsers, such as Firefox, IE, Opera and Safari, etc. If possible, you will need to clear the server caches and any caching plugins that you are running now. By the way, you shall login to the dashboard of WordPress and navigate to "User" > "Your Profile" to check whether the "Visual Editor" is disabled or not. Make sure that this option is unchecked and click the "Update Profile" button to take effect.

Clear Your Browser Caches and Cookies

If it does not work, you can try to check this "Visual Editor" option and click the above-mentioned "Update Profile" button. And then, uncheck it once more and hit the same "Update Profile" button to see if your visual editor is back to normal.

Fix Your wp-config.php file
Besides that, you can try to fix the wp-confi.php file. In detail, you are expected to log into cPanel and go to "Files" > "File Manager" so as to enter the directory of your WordPress. If done, copy the below short line to the top of your wp-config.php file.

define('CONCATENATE_SCRIPTS', false); 

Replace Your wp-includes Content
If none of the mentioned approaches is working for you, chances are that there is something wrong with your WordPress upgrade. In case that some installation files are partially uploaded or become totally corrupted, you'd better replace the content in your wp-includes directory with the full WordPress ".zip" file.

In the meantime, you would check whether the permission of your wp-includes directory has been set to 755. Of course, it is necessary to check all related files in this wp-includes directory. In addition to that, you might try to delete unused page revisions that will make your site load slowly.

Generally speaking, there are many reasons that cause your visual editor problem, and it is impossible to resolve this not-working issue with a universal solution. For beginners who lack related technical background, we recommend them to seek professional help from the best WordPress hosting providers, including BlueHost, InMotion and HostMonster.