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byArgent310, March 2, 2010
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This extension is straightforward to use and does what it's supposed to. Unfortunately, it makes the site run slower -- the script it generates is fairly large, and tends to lag frustratingly. I was having problems with site sluggishness, and Performance Grader showed that this script was taking up a lot of resources; turning it off alleviated part of the problem.
byArgent310, July 1, 2009
JCE
The prospect of a flexible, powerful WSYWIG editor for Joomla is enticing. Unfortunately, JCE's execution is wholly disappointing.

One of the biggest problems with Joomla is that is integration of stylesheets is exceedingly poor. JCE allows you to create a stylesheet for editing purposes...but it doesn't have any effect on the actual output, forcing you to rely on guesswork and inline styles. Its only utility is if your template makes the editing window hard to read.

Some of its functions (such as the ability to upload an image via the image menu item) simply don't work at all.

It tends to strip tags and formatting from pre-formatted text, regardless of its settings. And while it lets you paste text from Word, the code that results is extremely ugly.

Many of its functions, particularly the HTML editor, are sluggish, and tend to freeze repeatedly.

I spend so much time working around JCE's limitations and adding inline styles that posting content takes as long or longer than if I simply wrote pages in straight HTML.

I cannot recommend this program for any reason.
Owner's reply

"One of the biggest problems with Joomla is that is integration of stylesheets is exceedingly poor. JCE allows you to create a stylesheet for editing purposes...but it doesn't have any effect on the actual output, forcing you to rely on guesswork and inline styles. Its only utility is if your template makes the editing window hard to read."

I think you misunderstand the purpose of the custom editor stylesheet. By default, JCE is configured to use your template stylesheet to provide a preview of what some element and class styling may look like when viewed by visitors in the frontend. This is usually adequate, but for a few reasons creating a custom stylesheet for the editor may be appropriate, ie: to remove css classes that don't apply to content layout, or if text visibility is impaired by the default styling. The actual template css file is still responsible for the layout and styling of your site, as it should be, JCE's use is contained within the editing process only.

"Some of its functions (such as the ability to upload an image via the image menu item) simply don't work at all."

Admittedly a bug in the current version has broken the Joomla! editor buttons that appear at the bottom of all editors (Readmore, Pagebreak, Image) but JCE provides its own buttons in its layout that perform similar task, arguably more effectively and with better results, hence the appeal.

"Many of its functions, particularly the HTML editor, are sluggish, and tend to freeze repeatedly."

JCE's AdvCode editor uses one of the best (if not the best) javascript based syntax highlighting engine available, CodeMirror. Modern browsers cope quite well with the intensive process of syntax highlighting, where each line is scanned for changes, and these highlighting changes applied after each edit. Large amounts of html and other code (css, javascript) may cause this process to become a little sluggish.

"I spend so much time working around JCE's limitations and adding inline styles that posting content takes as long or longer than if I simply wrote pages in straight HTML."

It sounds like you need to learn a bit more about the interaction of content and the template stylesheet and experiment a bit more with the use of these styles through the Styles and Format lists.