When I call the_content() i am getting

<div class="page" title="Page 1">
    <div class="section">
        <div class="layoutArea">
            <div class="column">
                <p>my text</p>

I would expect just

<p>my text</p>

I am confused about that. I think I have never had all these wrappers returned. Moreover, I have not found a match for layoutArea in the whole wordpress install, nor in my bootsrtap starter theme.

Any ideas?

-- UPDATE: just saw that all those divs were automatically generated by the editor. I was able to remove them via the tinymce text view tab. Still confused, anyway.

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    Did you copy/paste the text into the editor from another source? Or write directly in it? – TheDeadMedic Feb 18 '15 at 11:56
  • I might have copied the text from an external source. I am no able to reproduce the problem anymore. Thanks! – Marc Feb 20 '15 at 8:19
  • Got it reproduced! You were correct @TheDeadMedic, this error happens when copying-pasting content from an external source. In my case, i was copying it from a pdf, probably exported from indesign or illustrator. – Marc Feb 20 '15 at 9:48

As @TheDeadMedic pointed out, I was copying-pasting text directly from an external source, and that is why the wrappers were in the tinymce as well.

Those divs in my case, were copied from a pdf that was probably exported from illustrator or indesign.


Usually, all those divs surround the the_content(); function. Theme developers use these divs to wrap the content that's going to be outputted by the the_content(); function.

Having those divs present there, makes it a whole lot easier to style the content that's coming out from the_content();

Bottom line: I don't think you should be removing those divs.

  • Thanks Cristian, but those divs were of no benefit to the markup. Even worse i found them nested inside one another. It was kind of messy. I'll com back if i reproduce the problem – Marc Feb 20 '15 at 8:21

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