What you see is what you really get. I stumbled upon this brilliant tip from Andrew Ozz today:
Things like typefaces, headings, image padding and borders, etc. can easily be set by the current theme making the visual editor… more WYSIWYG. All it takes is a stylesheet and a small function in the theme’s functions.php file.
Say what? I had no idea, so I decided I had to give this a try for 2010. The result?
Here’s the HTML Elements page from this site, as seen from within the visual editor:
You get a great sense of the way your text will interact with images when you’ve got a little bit of your theme right inside WordPress. Here’s the Image Alignment and Styles page:
Pretty cool, right? Using the visual editor with the 2010 theme now means getting a perfect replica of your blog’s theme when you’re writing. If you’re like me, constantly clicking “Preview” to check how text wraps around images or whether that size headline will work, you can finally break that addiction. Big thanks to Andrew Ozz for the helpful hint.