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Rich Text Editors 2022 Developer Survey: Highlights and trends

Published September 13th, 2022

Now in its second year, the State of Rich Text Editors Developer Survey is the world's largest review of both the trends and desires of the broader developer community that works with Rich Text Editors (RTEs).

Di Mace

Marketing Communications Manager at Tiny


The survey reflects how developers learn and level up their skills with RTEs, which tools and frameworks they're using and what they’ve built. It also highlights areas where they want their rich text editor to lift its game. Or they'll move to another one.

Both the challenge and opportunity that these survey results offer RTE makers, is to noticeably improve the fundamentals of every editor. Whilst innovative features that improve the UX and UI are desirable, the market needs to better explain the methods used to customize an editor and embrace every skill level with comprehensive support, documentation and community outreach.

Read on for the key insights and trends that emerged in the last year and are shaping the world of rich text editing.

RTE 2022 developer survey highlights

No matter how rapidly change happens across the tech field, it seems that it’s the fundamentals that matter most to developers.

When a rich text editor doesn’t do the basics well, or integration and customization are too hard, then it’s the editor that loses out. Not the developer. They quickly move on to find another one, from amongst the three types of WYSIWYG text editors on the market: ready-to-use editors, editor framework plus, headless frameworks.

During 2022 it seems that companies are continuing to invest in their tech stack, in an effort to help their developers stay ahead of the digital transformation and innovation curves. How they’re doing that, focuses on the hallmarks of great engineering:

  • It’s the fundamentals that matter the most to developers when using rich text editors, not fancy features
  • For the second year running, rich text editors that provide a great user experience are considered ‘the best’ type of rich text editor
  • UX and UI remain important, along with customization of your editor – with all of them being frequently sighted by developers as key challenges when using a rich text editor
  • Once again, innovative features are less important than user- and developer-friendliness
  • Most users are settled in their current rich text editor choice, but they still fail to understand the customization opportunities for an editor

Read the full survey report

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Uncovering the 2022 trends in rich text editors

1. More mid-level engineers are working with RTEs

In 2022, more mid-level engineers are using and working with RTEs as compared to 2021, where the results skewed toward senior-level developers.

2. The most popular use-cases

The integration of RTE components within many applications is widespread, however their usage is more recognisable within several use cases: CMS, LMS, Email, CRM, DMS, Workflow and Automation.

3. Content Management is the most popular use-case for RTEs, but CMSs are not the most popular implementation

Respondents are building content management experiences but they’re often not using a CMS to manage the content and are not providing any CMS functionality to users.

4. APIs are not as important as easy implementation

Engineers are willing to give up exposed APIs if it means they’re able to implement and deploy their RTE solution faster and with minimal effort.

5. Customization is key to most respondents

When selecting between a ready-to-use editor, editor framework plus or headless framework as their rich text editor, Engineers want to be able to customize and control their editor on their own terms. If this isn’t possible, they’re likely to go to the effort of building their own.

6. Bug fixing is just as important as new features

The ability to ship updates and fixes for bugs rates highly for respondents and implies they are happy to give up new features if core/priority bugs are fixed first.

Download and read the full survey report

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7. Self-hosted remains king

Self-hosted still remains the preferred choice of deployment for respondents with less people willing to consider Cloud deployments than 2021.

Developer survey changes since 2021

Numerous changes were made following the inaugural State of Rich Text Editors 2021 Report. These were designed to gather more granular and statically valid data and deeply explore key areas of development for RTEs. The changes included:

  • All the questions were made non-compulsory
  • Additional questions were included, relating to – 

- Programming languages

- Perceived value

- Important RTE features

No questions were removed from the 2021 selection, which has enabled year-on-year comparisons of the text editor usage statistics collected.

Statistical validity of 2022 results

This year 269 people completed the State of Rich Text Editor 2022 Developer Survey. Based on the worldwide current total number of developers, allowing for a 90% confidence level and a 5% margin of error, the ideal sample size is 271. Given the response level was only marginally below the ideal sample size, it’s believed that the results present valid generalized guidance on the attitudes, approaches and current trends occurring in the rich text editor market.

Download and read the full survey report

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Frequently asked questions

How can I read the full report?

Read and download the complete RTE 2022 Developer Survey Results here

Did only TinyMCE users take the survey?

No, it was open to all software professionals across various industries, roles, and geographic locations

How can I ask questions or give feedback

Please direct questions or comments about the survey to team@tiny.cloud

I’d like to participate in the next survey. Can I sign up for alerts?

The best way to receive news about the Rich Text Editor Survey is to sign up for our monthly newsletter


author

Di Mace

Marketing Communications Manager

Messaging strategist and copywriter whose passion lies in working with brands like Tiny, that have deep-seated values and embrace the power of their story. She gets a kick out of solving problems, loves learning new things and making stuff, every day. When she’s not thinking through clever copy lines or clarifying value propositions, she’s knitting amazing socks for everyone she knows.

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