My visual editor looks like this: visual editor

My text editor looks like this: text editor

But my front end looks like this: Front end

I know that the wordpress automatically removes linebreaks. So I installed tineMCE advace editor and checked "stop removing <p> and <br> tags" on the plugin setting. After that line breaks were there. I saw the space. But it was adding <p> tag on every single line. It was so annoying. So I uninstalled the plugin.

then I added these code snippets on my functions.php

remove_filter( 'the_content', 'wpautop' );
remove_filter( 'the_excerpt', 'wpautop' );

Still no luck. in front end I see a single line as my 3rd image.

Then I put this snippet on my functions.php

function clear_br($content){
        return str_replace("<br />","<br clear='none'/>", $content);
    add_filter('the_content', 'clear_br');

Still the result is same as my images above.

My site is member based. So when a member types something on visual editor that should appear in front end as he formatted. We can not ask all the members to learn the HTML.

for now I am in need of two requirements. 1. Line breaks should be kept. when someone press enter the space between the next line should be appeared on front end also. 2. If I achieve that by plugin, I do not want the editor adding <p> tags on every single line.

How can I do that without using any plugins? Why WP still has such a basic odd editor even the CMS is most popular?

  • How are you outputting your content in your theme on the front end? If using the_content line breaks shouldn't be removed.
    – jzatt
    Commented Jan 15, 2015 at 16:00
  • @jzatt I have this code for my front end $content = get_the_content('Read more'); print $content; Is it incorrect? Commented Jan 24, 2015 at 5:16

1 Answer 1


When you use get_the_content() to get your content, you need to apply filters to it to output with formatting. apply_filters('the_content', $content);

If you don't need to do anything with the content before outputting it, you can replace your line $content = get_the_content('Read more); print $content; with just the_content();

For reference see apply_filters() and get_the_content() in the codex.

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