This is the first post related to CKEditor, and I'm gonna try through several posts to guide you about how to use CKEditor in your page.
The first step is obviously to "install" CKEditor in your server.
I've quoted install because you just need to extract the zip to the place where you prefer. In the rest of these posts I'll assume that you have placed it in
/ckeditor/ like the example in that page.
If you are looking for an ".exe" to install CKEditor, then you are trying to use the wrong tool. You should look at Kompozer to get a HTML authoring program for your computer
So now you can check the _samples folder.
Test the samples to verify that they work, read them and check its source code. The samples are there because they can be useful in order to understand how to use the editor. If you ask questions that can be easily answered by looking at those samples people might not bother to reply to you because you are lazy.
If you are not a developer then forget about installing CKEditor as you will need some experience about coding in order to create the rest of the site or modify those files to integrate CKEditor. In those situations you should:
- Search for a CMS / Blog / eCommerce system that fits your needs.
- Search for a plugin/tutorial that explains how to integrate CKEditor into your system selected in step 1. Google, Yahoo, Bing, whatever... write there "CKEditor" + your CMS and your might find someone that will help you. As CKEditor has just been released as a stable version, it isn't strange that those plugins aren't available, in that situation you can search for FCKeditor + your CMS and check there if that people is interested in creating a plugin for the new version. Making a donation can help!
- If you have absolutely no idea about coding, then you will save a lot of time if you pick some hosting that comes preinstalled with some package that you can use, or, hire someone to install it for you.
So in order to use CKEditor, you should have your site up and running, and use <textarea>s in the place where you will later want to use CKEditor, everything must work, check that you can read and save data that includes quotes, single quotes and that it doesn't becomes distorted due to any server filtering.
For example, use this code as the source for the textarea and verify that it isn't altered although you load/save the content several times:
<p>This is some <strong>sample text</strong>. You are using <a href="http://www.fckeditor.net/">CKEditor</a>.</p> <form method="post" name="test"><textarea name="area"></textarea></form> <p>Final <> quote '</p>
If you are unable to make your system work properly with that code, then you have some problem with your server and trying to use CKEditor won't help you to understand the problem, you'll say that it's due to CKEditor but it's just your code.
Now it's the time to read the second page in the developer docs: Integrate CKEditor in your site. I'll explain the creation options in the next post.