After editing/styling i save the post and this doesn't keep the styling instead give me plain text.

    $content = get_post_meta($post->ID,'principle_duties',true);
    $editor = 'principle_duties';
    $settings = [
        'textarea_rows' => 10,
  if ( isset( $_POST['principle_duties'] ) ) {
        update_post_meta( $post_id, 'principle_duties', sanitize_text_field( $_POST[ 'principle_duties' ] ) );

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after save

  • Has the value of the meta principle_duties definitely got the HTML in it, at the time of fetching it from the database? Can you see HTML in the meta's value in the database?
    – Dan.
    Commented Nov 27, 2016 at 13:55
  • 1
    Please edit your question to include how you're saving principle_duties post meta.
    – Ismail
    Commented Nov 27, 2016 at 14:49
  • @SamuelElh updated the post. please check Commented Nov 27, 2016 at 17:27

1 Answer 1


You are stripping all HTML tags before saving principle_duties.


This function strips all HTML tags, so the value being stored has no HTML. That's why it's coming out as totally plain text.

To sanitize wp_editor I would use wp_kses().

See here on how to use it: https://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_kses

For the allowed HTML tags, you can simply pass the global variable $allowedposttags which I believe would be the same way WordPress does things with it's editor in posts/pages' content.


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