Dang that Invisible Visual Editor that refuses to Work!

Over the last few months there have been a number of complaints about the visual editor not appearing. This also applies to people who suddenly open up pages and posts just to see all their content missing in visual but perfectly intact in the text editor. So I am hoping that some troubleshooting options will be helpful for anyone experiencing these problems.

Unfortunately, many of use prefer to work with the visual editor as it makes it significantly easier to format your post without having to know any html (which is required to do fancy things in the text editor)

In case you aren't sure what you are looking at

Visual Editor

Text Editor

As you can see the options in each tab look every different. Quite a few of us, myself included, just do not work well in text mode, especially for any kind of extended period of time.

So it is of top priority to get the visual editor back when it decides to stop working for whatever reason.

Prevention Tip

Judebanks was kind enough to offer a tip in the comments on something that might prevent your visual editor from vanishing in the future. Figured it couldn't hurt to mention it here since some people have reoccurring problems.

When you are done working on your site for the day, close all your website tabs and go back to the main area of your Wordpress Dashboard and log out from there. Don't log out while in one of the editors (I know i have been guilty of this). Just an easy habit to get into that might prevent you from having issues in the future.

Now back to the topic at hand! - Missing Editor

Just to start,trying logging out of your site for a few minutes and logging back in. This happened to work for someone yesterday in live chat. Definitely an easy solution to the problem.

For anyone else that is not so lucky with this technique...

TIME TO GET TROUBLESHOOTING!

***SIDE NOTE - Wordpress does have a troubleshooting option that involves adding some stuff to a .php file. I have left that out as I don't think its a good idea to go messing around with parts of the code unless they know 100% what they are doing.



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Kathy331 Premium
Nice one Jean, this has been asked a LOT just lately, I was getting deja vu. Now I can just point to this training!
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autumn56 Premium
Yeah thats how I have felt the last month. I got the idea for the training when I spent a few hours trying to help someone and realized I had to jump from blog post to blog post and from question to question to find the different options that worked for people. I have just been slacking in actually getting int done... =)
Jean
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DIVICAN Premium
You know what I had that problem but now solved... cheers men
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autumn56 Premium
Yeah ive noticed lots of people have the problem. I find it to be very random. Glad you were able to get it solved. do you remember what you did to solve it?
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AlexSol Premium
Great tutorial, Jean!

Just like you, I was completely unaware of the visual editor being disabled as you described on page 2 of the tutorial! I'll keep that in mind ;)

And I am sure this tutorial will be very helpful to many WP users inside and outside WA ;)
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autumn56 Premium
Oh hi Alex!

It means a lot that you find it useful since you post so much useful stuff for people. But after spending the last few weeks answering the question about the editor over and over I realized there wasn't some easy tutorial for me to link to them!
So I figured I should go ahead and give it a go. One day i'll move up to videos like the big boys =p.

Jean
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AlexSol Premium
Jean, that's exactly how success is born.
Find a gap in the industry and fill it! Find what information is missing and create that information! Once again, great job ;)

I might post a lot of stuff but I don't know everything. That's one of the reasons I've been with WA for so long - always learning new stuff!
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JeanL Premium
Good job, Jean. This really needed to be done, as I see so many people that this is happening to. Now we can just refer them here! Thanks!
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autumn56 Premium
Yeah, i have been putting it off for weeks but I know every few days i see this same question in chat and after spending so much time looking up answers i find that i figured it was time to put them all in one place lol
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DIGGER12 Premium
Awesome job on this training, you covered it all, with great images :-) My culprit when I had this problem was the TinyMce and the wp edit being run ( activated) at the same time. THey were working fine until one day they decided they did not want to play nicely anymore :-( de-activating them both and adding one back and clearing my cache did the trick. Thanks for the great training on this.
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autumn56 Premium
Yeah I was thinking about you for half of it =). Not to mention everytime we are in live chat someone pops in with the problem. Though I guess you could just always skip right to support if you dont feel like dealing with the hassle at all.
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