One of the very first tasks I always perform on every new WordPress installation I do is to go into my user profile and turn off the visual WYSIWYG editor. I prefer to handle all my formatting markup myself because it gives me more control over the final product. The other day, Mark suggested that most ‘professional’ bloggers also prefer not to use the visual editor.
So, the question I throw out to you, the reader, is this – which do you prefer to use, the visual editor or the basic editor, and why?
Extra credit: Do you use any formatting plugins for faster, easier, on-the-fly markup? If you use one of these plugins, why do you use that specific markup plugin? For instance, I use TextileWrapper on my own blog because I like how easy it is to add just a single character or two to a line or phrase to get the formatting I want. I originally used Text Control – and I still prefer – but it broke on a WordPress upgrade awhile back and is no longer being supported by the author, forcing me to find an alternative. TextileWrapper is an excellent plugin in its own right and continues to function well through each upgrade.