Best plugins Front-End editing in WordPress

The great popularity of WordPress is its simple to use interface in the admin panel of the website. However, for some users, especially non-technical people, create posts and pages using the WordPress toolbar can be difficult. Then it is better to use the front-end (Front-End) edit – edit content directly on the website without logging in to the toolbar.

There are many functional plugins for frontend editing in WordPress. These plugins make it easy to create content and customize the layout without touching the code WordPress. Therefore, technical knowledge is not necessary.

In this post we will look at nine of the plugins:

  • four to edit the layout and content,
  • five to editing only content.

And point out all the pros and cons of each plugin. In the end you will have a clear picture of which plugins are right for you. Let’s get started!

Plugins layout the page layout

The plug-ins page layout allow you to completely control the design of your website. You can use them to add and edit content. Also they can be used to add layout elements such as rows and columns, sliders and other elements.

1. Visual Composer ($45 – free with Total WP Theme)

WPBakery Page Builder (Visual Composer previously) is one of the most famous plugin for creating pages for WordPress. For just $ 45 you can add this powerful plugin to your website. Or consider a theme Total Theme WP premium, which includes the Visual Composer. The plugin has been downloaded more than 300 thousand times and it speaks to his strengths.

Switch to the frontend editor of Visual Composer and back is carried out in a single click. You can now edit grid layouts (areas of content), add rows and columns, then drag and drop content elements on the page, rearranging them as necessary. All items are also have several options and options for customizing the appearance of each zone.


  • More than 45 content elements with drag and drop.
  • Available for more than 150 third-party add-ons.
  • More than 60 layouts

Pros: easy to use, preview, live, compatibility with most WordPress themes.
Cons: not discovered.

2. Elementor (free)

When it comes to free configure pages and content, Elementor is the best fit. This powerful plug-in design comes with useful elements for creating content, such as columns, headers, images, spacing, lists, and other key functions. The plugin includes pre-built templates that you can use for even faster starting, as well as the option for custom CSS (for the style). For those who are well versed in code will be helpful: Elementor is well built and it is open source.


  • 23 free block design.
  • +24 blocks pro builder.
  • Easy to use pre-formatted templates.
  • Translation into the required language.

Pros: easy to use, quick start templates, compatible with most themes.
Cons: best features are available with Pro (if you want to upgrade to the paid version).

3. MotoPress Content Editor (free)

Free MotoPress content editor allows you to create web sites visually, dragging and dropping content items. Used on over 10,000 websites, the plugin has a rating of 4.8 stars, making it worthy of your consideration. Also available a version for plugin premium, which offers additional content items and premium support.

Although MotoPress Content Editor is very easy to use, the plugin will only work with the new pages, not existing content. You can learn more about this plugin in our review of MotoPress.


  • More than 30 items to drag and drop content.
  • Expandable via add-ons.
  • Ready layouts.

Pros: very easy to use, available previews, live free.
Cons: does not work with existing content.

4. Live Composer (free)

Live Composer is a page Builder with drag and drop editing. It is used on more than 10,000 websites and has a satisfaction rating of 4.8 stars.

Activate the editor by clicking the green button “Activate editor” on the page in the lower right corner of the screen. You can then drag elements on the page, creating your unique design. In General, the plugin is easy to use, all items can be fully customized, in terms of style and functionality.


  • More than 30 items to drag and drop content.
  • Import and export sections or layouts.

Pros: easy to use, preview, live, free, to create items not used short codes.
Cons: cannot be used with existing content, adds custom post types with the installation.

Plugins edit content

While the previous list of plugins allows you to edit content and layouts, plug-ins for content editing is more limited. Simply put, these plugins allow users to update text, images and other content on posts and pages without using the toolbar WordPress. Let’s look at the five best.

1. Editus (formerly Lasso) ($99)

Editus was originally known as Lasso, and came to us from the developers of Aesop Story Engine (ASE). This is the interface editor, which allows you to view changes in real-time. Editus is a powerful tool that costs 99 USD for use on three sites.

Editing Editus available with one click with small toolbar displayed above the posts and pages.


  • Edit text, links, images and other content in real-time.
  • Support recommended images.
  • Works on both notes and pages.
  • Compatible with multiple devices.

Pros: easy to use interface that can be expanded via add-ASE, compatible with most themes.
Cons: relatively expensive.

2. Front-end Editor (free)

The original editor was developed as a plugin for possible inclusion into the core of WordPress. And although it did not happen, the plugin is still available for use: more than 2000 installations with a satisfaction rating of 4.2 stars.

Front-end Editor is easy to use, the desired configuration is available after installation. After activation, the user is granted permission to edit. When visiting any post or page on your site, use the link “Edit page” on the toolbar at the top of the screen and the “Edit” link under content to allow editing.


  • Edit the text and links in real time.
  • Support recommended images.
  • Works on both notes and pages.

Pros: easy to use interface, free.
Cons: limited functionality (e.g. you can’t edit the image) does not work with all themes.

3. Content Manager for WordPress ($25)

Using Content Manager from the developer OTWthemes you can quickly create flexible layouts for notes and pages. Includes options for custom style, over 50 short codes to simplify the creation of pages, editing of the interface (of course) and even create your own shortcodes. Just paste short lines to create the pages, drag them to the spot, make quick style changes, and then publish. It’s that simple!

Additional features of Content Manager, you can get together with other plugins OTW, such as Sidebar & Widget Manager or Portfolio Manager Pro.


  • 50+ short codes.
  • Edit the front and back.
  • Cusomtizable sidebar.

Pros: easily complemented by other plugins OTW.
Cons: dated design of the user interface.

4. Frontier Post (free)

A free plugin that allows you to fully manage mail messages from your website. This goes beyond simply editing the content of messages (records) that allows users with the correct access rights to create and delete records. The plugin is currently used on more than 2000 active web sites and has a rating of 4.9 stars.

Using this plugin, administrators can control how and when editing notes (posts), as well as what options are available to users when the frontend editing. In addition, you have full control over the powers of the Frontier Post. Standard links to edit cause the interface Frontier, which is a text editor similar to the WordPress TinyMCE editor. You can also preview your post before publishing.


  • The ability to edit text, links, images, etc.
  • Support recommended images.
  • Working with notes, pages, and custom message types.
  • The ability to add categories and tags.

Pros: familiar interface of WordPress editor, custom free.
Cons: no preview.

5. Gutenberg (free)

Also we should mention the plugin Gutenberg. This free plugin for content management will soon be integrated into the core of WordPress. So now is the best time to try it. In fact, Gutenberg is similar to many other editors, content developers and pages. For example, there are built-in blocks that you can use to create the desired layout.


  • Simple blocks of content.
  • Work with a reverse entry.

Pros: free, soon to be built in WordPress.
Cons: not as intuitive as other editors.

Although the admin interface of WordPress is easy to use, many beginners still complicate the situation. The use of plug-ins that allow users to create and edit the content of the website frontend, not in the toolbar, WordPress simplifies the process and reduces the load for those who moves in unknown environment.

We would very much like to hear about your experiences with editing WordPress plugins. Share your tips in the comments section below!

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