I removed wpautop from my theme:

function disable_linebreaks($content) {
       remove_filter ('the_content','wpautop');
       return $content;

But now, when switching between HTML and Editor ALL p-tags disappear, even the ones I coded myself.

What I want is just to prevent Wordpress from adding empty <p></p> - Code. Basically I'm happy with wpautop, it's just that sometimes it's too much (For example around images. There's always an empty p before every image).

  • Do you intend to use or not use wpautop?
    – s_ha_dum
    Jul 29, 2013 at 14:19
  • I dont want to use it. I just want to remove those empty p-tags. I thought disabling autop would do that, but what it does is really too much. Jul 30, 2013 at 11:15
  • If someone can tell me a way to remove autop and keep the p-tags, I wrote myself, that would be ok, too. Jul 30, 2013 at 11:18
  • possible duplicate of remove empty paragraphs from the_content? Jul 30, 2013 at 11:37

1 Answer 1


If what you want is really only

to prevent Wordpress from adding empty <p></p>

and you'd be happy with removing those after post retrieval from the database, then

function wpse108194_remove_empty_paragraphs( $content ) {
   $content = preg_replace( '#<p>\s*</p>#', '', $content );
   return $content;
add_filter( 'the_content', 'wpse108194_remove_empty_paragraphs', 11 );

will do.

  • I already tried this yesterday. For me it doesn't work (They are still there). Im using the roots theme, it has a lot of functions already built in. Maybe there is a conflict, I don't know. I read, that it does not work for other people, too. Jul 30, 2013 at 11:17
  • What does not work for other people? I wrote the above yesterday. That being said, I copied your above function and altered the code - it might be that 1 is too low a priority and that wpautop runs thereafter. Change it to a higher number (as I have now done in the answer) to make it run later. Jul 30, 2013 at 11:23
  • preg_replace does not work. I tried it with priority 9999, too. Nothing. There is a similar question, where somebody said, that this did not work. But after that, there where no further responses. Jul 30, 2013 at 11:25
  • I will try it again, this evening, with exactly your code. But I dont think, it will work, as I tried it in a few different ways. Jul 30, 2013 at 11:26
  • 1
    I did find the question you are referring to. And from reading that it appears the above might indeed not be a solution. Why that'd be the case is beyond me - it should work, in theory. Now we face another issue though: Your question is an exact duplicate of an existing one. I don't have the time for thorough investigation right now, but this is a topic that should have a concrete answer on this site. Might look into it later. Would answer in the existing one, though. This should be closed. Jul 30, 2013 at 11:35

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