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How to display the content for given page ID withot the <p></p> wrapper?

The method I'm currently using is:

$post = get_page($id); 
$content = apply_filters('the_content', $post->post_content); 
echo $content;  

For example page ID = 21 has the following content: Some content

What the wordpress echo is <p>Some content</p>

Any suggestion much appreciated.

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

You can add this in your functions.php file for instance,

remove_filter ('the_content',  'wpautop');

Which will remove the paragraph formatting from the_content template tag in all cases.

Should you have a need for it in the future, you can write;

<?php wpautop(the_content());?> in your template to add formatting without having to add the filter back.

Using echo get_the_content(); will by pass the WordPress wpautop filter too.

Here's a little function I wrote for you that you can use in your template files (paste the snippet into functions.php and see usage instructions below).

function custom_content($args = '', $allow = ''){

if ($args == 'alltags') {

    $type = the_content();

} elseif ($args == 'notags') {

    $type = strip_tags(wpautop(get_the_content()), $allow);

} else {

    $type = get_the_content();


echo $type;



<?php custom_content();?> // no <p> tags, but <a>, <strong>, etc are preserved.
<?php custom_content('notags');?> // strips all tags from content
<?php custom_content('notags', '<a>');?> // strips all tags except <a> 
<?php custom_content('notags', '<a><p><etc..>');?> // strips all tags except <a> & <p> 
<?php custom_content('alltags');?> // all tags uses the_content();

Now some of this might be redundant but it illustrates how you can create a multipurpose function for use within your templates that can give you some, all or no formatting based upon your situation.

Note: In case anyone is wondering why wpautop is wrapped around get_the_content above, is due to get_the_content not being passed through the wpautop filter, therefore if you want to use <p> tags in a specified list of allowed tags whilst using the custom notags argument you need to add <p> formatting back with wpautop.

Alternative for getting the content of a page based on ID and without <p> tags;

function get_content($id) {

    $post = get_page($id);
    $content = apply_filters('get_the_content', $post->post_content);
    echo $content;



<?php get_content(21); ?>
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Hmm.. This does not seams to work. Does it make any difference that I'm running this on WAMP? – Iladarsda Jun 27 '12 at 16:47
Have you tried using get_the_content instead, this strips P – userabuser Jun 27 '12 at 17:10
how do I use get_the_content and show page by ID at the same time, any code example please? – Iladarsda Jun 27 '12 at 18:55
@NewUser See above for an update, additional snippet, that can be placed in your functions.php file and used in your template files. – userabuser Jun 27 '12 at 19:22

You need to remove the wpautop filter ex:

$post = get_page($id); 
//remove auto p filter
remove_filter ('the_content','wpautop');
$content = apply_filters('the_content', $post->post_content); 
//return the filter for other posts/pages down the road
add_filter ('the_content','wpautop');
echo $content;  
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Please see here: dl.dropbox.com/u/17683975/stackoverlow/WordPress-Without-P.png // Does not seems to work. Does it matter that I'm runnning this on WAMP? – Iladarsda Jun 27 '12 at 16:51

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