I have a plugin that allows the user to dynamically add sections that need to have the tinyMCE editor in them. The jQuery clones a div and places it into a container. One of the input boxes is a textarea set up like so:

<textarea name="sectionContent_1" id="sectionContent_1"></textarea>

I need to replace the textarea with the tinyMCE editor.

I've looked at:

How to load wp_editor() through AJAX/jQuery and use wordpress wp_editor in dynamic/ajax html

Neither of these seem to work for us

I've tried this inside the trigger that calls to add the textarea section:


var textAreaID = 'sectionContent_'+sectionID;

tinyMCE.execCommand('mceRemoveEditor', true, textAreaID);
tinyMCE.execCommand('mceAddControl', false, textAreaID);

In this, I'm adding the cloned data (ctHolder) to the .sectionOptions setting the textarea's ID, resetting the editor on the ID, then adding control to the ID... this doesn't work but seems to be most commons suggestion.


2 Answers 2


This works well!

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    Please add some explanation also. Mar 22, 2015 at 3:59
  • This really helps. it works.
    – harrrrrrry
    Jun 1, 2015 at 18:09

This did the trick:

var textAreaID = 'sectionContent_' + sectionID;
        function() {
            tinyMCE.execCommand('mceAddEditor', false, textAreaID); 

Wordpress 3.9 is using tinyMCE 4.x so "mceAddControl" was changed to "mceAddEditor". Also, I placed the call inside a ready function so jquery wouldn't run tinyMCE until after it loaded the textarea on the dom.

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