Use Barley to Edit Live Posts Inline Without WordPress Admin

Barley for WordPress lets you edit your posts live in the browser, without going to WordPress admin edit screens repeatedly? Are you looking for a way to edit multiple posts from front end directly as you see them online, one after the other without having to worry about the back-end code changes that are needed with each post edit.

How about creating new posts directly in the browser without a need to go to the WordPress admin. Like the idea…

I needed a faster way to edit older posts in the archive to fix site content for Google Panda penalties. Revisiting the edit screen of every post and checking the final post outcome online is very tedious. There surely had to be a better way…

If only I could continue to see the post in the browser, edit the text, add a featured image, add tags and change links … all without having to go to the post edit screen repeatedly.

Barley for WordPress

I now use this cool WordPress plugin called Barley for WordPress which will allow me to do just that. When you activate the plugin, lots of options come down from the admin bar. Also, there are many inline options to add images, format text, etc. So here are the cool features you can do

  1. Create new posts, delete posts
  2. Edit Posts content, titles
  3. Format text – like bold, italics, add bullets
  4. Add images, media
  5. Add/Change featured images
  6. Add/Change tags and categories

inline editor

Pricing – Note it is not a free plugin. I purchased it for $12 / year and it is real value for money of you actually need it. A recent update suggests that the plugin has moved to CodeCanyon and now costs $22 per year per site.

Get Barley for WordPress now.

Barley Inline Live Editing Issues

1. No Save Button – You need to be careful what you edit as Barley will save the whole post instantly without repeated confirmation or Save buttons. Which means if you do a single edit, barley will autosave the change. I studied the edit page screen simultaneously and observed it can add lots of “p” tags for paragraphs, div tags, span tags for styling etc. So it is essential that if you do lots of cut pasting etc, then do look at the edit post screen to see what all tags have been added. Be sure of what you edit as the post changes might be irreversible.

2. Inline code inserts – We insert  Adsense in middle of posts and Barley will save that code in the post content itself. So when we intend to use the Barley plugin, we remove the Adsense code and then edit, so that the Adsense is not hard coded into the post content. Similarly if you use plugins to insert code inside posts like related posts etc, you need to lookout that it is not saved inside post content.

3. WordPress Theme support – If you try it on default WordPress themes, it will work well. But if you have a custom coded theme, it might be missing tags, classes which are essential for Barley to recognize different post elements. So it is a good idea to ensure your theme has settings as per their suggested guidelines.

4. Updates – Since the plugin is  not hosted in WordPress directory, plugin updates will only be available after you login to the Barley website and download the latest version.

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About the Author: P Chandra is editor of QOT, one of India's earliest tech bloggers since 2004. A tech enthusiast with expertise in coding, WordPress, web tools, SEO and DIY hacks.