While switching between text editor mode or updating post fontawesome icon vanishes.Please do not refer to use any plugin.I think i tag is stripped by editor,how can I overcome this? My code in editor text mode

<span><i class="fa fa-user"></i></span>


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As long as I am in text mode everything is well but when I switch to visual mode all of my code gets vanish.

  • 1
    Plugin recommendations are off-topic, what have you tried to do so far, maybe hook into tiny_mce_before_init ?
    – Wyck
    Mar 30, 2014 at 16:59
  • Does this question concern a third party plugin? For example, this one?
    – s_ha_dum
    Mar 30, 2014 at 17:07
  • Can't I just skip the plugin.In wp 3.8 and chrome browser vanishes the icon while switching .I have used two plugin.Is there any filter to do without plugin? Mar 30, 2014 at 17:11
  • Please provide example of markup that vanishes. Also add more involved details (like code) by editing your question, comments don't handle it well.
    – Rarst
    Mar 30, 2014 at 21:48

2 Answers 2


I think you should first enable i tags.Then you should enable class id or span whatever you like.To do so add this code.

function add_mce_markup( $initArray ) {
    $ext = 'i[id|name|class|style]';
    if ( isset( $initArray['extended_valid_elements'] ) ) {
        $initArray['extended_valid_elements'] .= ',' . $ext;
    } else {
        $initArray['extended_valid_elements'] = $ext;
    return $initArray;
add_filter( 'tiny_mce_before_init', 'add_mce_markup' );

This help me to fix this issue Try to inser blank spave &nbsp; or comment code <!--ex--> in between i tag like <i class="fa fa-linkedin-square" aria-hidden="true"><!--tr--></i> So that wordpress did not recognize it as empty tag.

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