I am creating a forum for non-technical people, and I can't figure out if BBCode or a WYSIWYG editor is easier for them to use.

The forum is for craftsmen, and I am therefor in doubt if a BBCode editor would be too difficult to figure out.

Does any of you have any good suggestions on what to use?

  • IMHO, BBCode is the most useless invention every, and was solely invented to create another own, "cool" language. If you want to provide no WYSIWYG editor, I recommend at least that you allow some other syntax like normal HTML or the syntax that Stack Overflow allows.
    – Uwe Keim
    Dec 31, 2010 at 17:30

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Seems pretty obvious that, for the average person, a WYSIWYG editor is easier to use. If it was easier to write markup by hand, then there'd be no market for WYSIWYG editors at all.

Popular open source options are CKEditor and TinyMCE.

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