The WordPress Visual Editor is a semi-WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) content editor to easily create, edit, and format your WordPress website. Like any software tool, it’s a common problem for the editor to stop working.
Luckily, we found a few solutions to help you get your WordPress Visual Editor working again. Let’s explore the different methods below.
What’s the Cause of the WordPress Visual Editor Not Working?
Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to fixing your WordPress Visual Editor. There are a few reasons why the problem may be happening. You may have an outdated theme or plugin interfering with the editor. Or maybe you didn’t update to the latest version of WordPress. To fix this issue, you'll need to do some troubleshooting.
Pro Tip: If the WordPress Visual Editor isn’t the best tool for your website, install a drag-and-drop visual page builder like Elementor to create beautiful, custom webpages.
WordPress Visual Editor Not Working?
Log into your WordPress dashboard. On the left-hand side, go to Users > Your Profile. Check the box beside Disable the visual editor when writing. At the bottom of the page, click the blue Update Profile button. Hard refresh the page using Ctrl + F5 (Windows users) or Cmd, Shift, and R (Mac users). Uncheck the box next to Disable the visual editor when writing. Now, check to see if your Visual Editor reappears.
Still not working? Let’s try the next solution.
Method 2: Reinstall Your WordPress Files
You also can try reinstalling your website to the latest version of WordPress. Before you attempt this method, you’ll want to create a backup of your current website. Then, follow the instructions below.
Go to Dashboard > Updates in your WordPress account.
Click Re-install Now.
After it's done installing, check to see if the Visual Editor is working. If not, go to the next method.
Method 3: Install a New Theme
Every theme won’t be compatible with your WordPress Visual Editor. But there’s good news. You can choose from thousands of themes and install them on your WordPress website.
Go to Appearance > Themes.
At the top, click Add New.
Browse and select a theme.
For your chosen theme, click Install and then Activate.
Now, check to see if your Visual Editor reappears. If not, go to the method.
Method 4: Deactivate All Your Plugins
Plugins are known causes for issues within WordPress. Maybe the software isn’t configured correctly or maybe it needs an update to work with the latest version of WordPress. Whatever the reason, you should try deactivating all your plugins.
On the left side of your dashboard, go to Plugins > Installed Plugins.
Check the box next to Plugin to select all the plugins.
Go to Bulk Actions and click Deactivate.
Then, click Apply.
Now, select Activate to reactivate all your plugins and click Apply.
Go to your Visual Editor to see if it’s working. If not, try our final solution.
Method 5: Edit Your WordPress Config
Our last solution involves more technical chops. If you feel comfortable, you’ll need to access your cPanel through your hosting account and edit your wp-confg.php file manually.
Go to File Manager.
A list of folders will be displayed. Open the public_html folder and scroll down to the wp-config.php file.
Right-click the file and select Edit code.
Copy the code below and paste it just below the line that reads define('db_collate',");:
Save the changes and see if your Visual Editor is working.
It’s never fun when you have technical issues. Hopefully, one of these solutions got your WordPress Visual Editor working again.
Originally published Sep 11, 2019 3:11:24 PM, updated April 20 2020