So basically, I am using the Wordpress editor on my site and I do not want my users posting ANY HTML in it at all since it can cause some problems.

My Wordpress Editor is currently like this:

<?php wp_editor( get_the_content() , 'post_content'); ?>

In simple terms, I would basically like it to just look like a simple HTML textarea, and strip all HTML tags (like what the PHP function strip_tags does. Although, I cannot get this PHP functionality working with a simple textarea... Not to sure why, just a coding problem with my theme.

So yes, is something like this possible?


Remove post type support for the editor:

  function() {
    remove_post_type_support( 'post', 'editor');

Now add a new meta box containing only a textarea

// print a new meta box
function generic_cb($post) {
  $content = (!empty($post->post_content)) ? $post->post_content : '';
  echo '<textarea name="content">'.$content.'</textarea>';

function add_before_editor($post) {
  global $post;
    'generic_box', // id, used as the html id att
    __( 'Text Only Content' ), // meta box title
    'generic_cb', // callback function, spits out the content
    'post', // post type or page. This adds to posts only
    'pre_editor', // context, where on the screen
    'high' // priority, where should this go in the context
  do_meta_boxes('post', 'pre_editor', $post);

And save

// strip your data on save
function strip_post_content_markup($data) {
  if (!empty($data['post_content'])) {
    $data['post_content'] = strip_tags($data['post_content']);
  return $data;

That is the cleanest solution I can come up with.

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  • Seems like a great solution, but I am extremely confused on how to get this working. Could you break it down a little for me by any chance? Am I basically removing my piece of code that I posted with all of your code? – Fizzix Nov 4 '13 at 4:52
  • If you paste those blocks of code into a plugin or MU-PLugin file, even your themes's functions.php, it should work. I left formatting the textarea up to you. – s_ha_dum Nov 4 '13 at 15:02

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