Is there a way to add a TinyMCE editor to the taxonomy description field on the term editing pages? The solution here (Can you add the visual editor to the description field for custom taxonomies?) no longer works, I think because the wp_tiny_mce function has been deprecated.


You can use a {$taxonomy}_edit_form_fields action hook to add html to the term edit table. In that HTML you can remove description textarea and add tinymce editor

add_action("{$taxonomy}_edit_form_fields", 'add_form_fields_example', 10, 2);

function add_form_fields_example($term, $taxonomy){
    <tr valign="top">
        <th scope="row">Description</th>
            <?php wp_editor(html_entity_decode($term->description), 'description', array('media_buttons' => false)); ?>
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  • Oleg, I'll try this first thing in the morning. – Josh M Jun 8 '15 at 18:57
  • About to test. By the way, you have a typo on line 3, "function." :) – Josh M Jun 8 '15 at 20:03
  • I am really sorry about that. Thanks userabuser for fixing my typo. (I was about to go home yesterday due a terrible headache when I deside to post response on 'one more' question here.) – Oleg Butuzov Jun 9 '15 at 7:17
  • I get "Undefined variable: taxonomy". How does this work? I put it in functions.php – Jordan Carter Aug 14 '17 at 18:32
  • I've tried the code and it's working, but the thing is I don't know to apply it to my issue: wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/318814/… – leonardeveloper Nov 10 '18 at 5:20

For those still looking for a solution to this problem, it's worth mentioning that the Yoast SEO plugin adds a WYSIWYG editor for descriptions automatically on the taxonomy term edit screen.

If you're not planning to use that plugin for SEO please don't add it only for this functionality. Given the plugin's popularity, I figured it was worth noting it here since it could save time for someone who already plans to install the plugin.

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