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There are three main Editors on FANDOM. Each has unique features, advantages, and disadvantages, but which one is the best? This blog will explain both what the different editors are and which is (arguably) the best.

VisualEditor

VisualEditor

VisualEditor in action.

The first editor is VisualEditor. Enabled by default, it lets users add content, formatting, and images easily and is by far the simplest to use. It also has a "source" mode, although this lacks syntax highlighting.

Advantages
  • Extremely easy to use.
  • Displays what the page will look like when you publish it.
Disadvantages
  • Can result in poor formatting.
  • Can result in sloppy code.
  • Is inefficient at adding, removing, and editing Templates.
  • Does not work well for easy removal and addition of Categories.
  • Loads slowly.
  • Does not support easy copy-and-paste.

Classic editor

Wikia editor2

ClassicEditor in action.

Classic editor is a bit of a middle-ground between VisualEditor and Source editor. It has easier access to a source editor than VisualEditor, while still being easy to use.

Advantages
  • Easy to use.
  • Has quick access to SourceEditor.
  • Can easily add and remove categories.
  • Has mobile and desktop preview options.
Disadvantages
  • Can still result in poor formatting.
  • Can still result in sloppy code.
  • Is still fairly inefficient at adding, removing, and editing Templates.

Source editor

Source editor in action

Source editor in action.

The final editor is Source editor. It is definitely the most advanced, with no "formatting" options; everything is done via Wikitext. While this makes it more difficult to use, it also comes with increased functionality, such as the ability to clean code, formatting, and add or modify templates.

Advantages
  • Teaches users code which is useful when making Templates.
  • Shows the "true format" of the page.
  • Allows easy adding, removing, and modifying Templates and Links.
  • Loads quickly.
Disadvantages
  • Is somewhat difficult to learn how to use effectively.

Which editor and why?

You can enable any of these editors in your Preferences and play around with them—in fact, I highly recommend that you do so and choose the one that works best for you. But that doesn't mean I don't think that one editor is the best...

For a long time, I used to use VisualEditor. At last, however, I decided to switch to source. While at first it was a bit tricky, I soon knew all the wikitext I need to know. And then I realized... Source editor was way faster, more efficient, cleaner, you name it.

But while I prefer Source editor, pick the one that suits you the best, since that's why there is not just one but three!