I would like to replace a textarea in a wordpress plugin with the wp editor if possible. Here is the textarea code:

<textarea id="<?php echo esc_attr( $html['id'] ); ?>" class="awpcp-textarea required" <?php echo $html['readonly'] ? 'readonly="readonly"' : ''; ?> name="<?php echo esc_attr( $html['name'] ); ?>" rows="10" cols="50" data-max-characters="<?php echo esc_attr( $characters_allowed ); ?>" data-remaining-characters="<?php echo esc_attr( $remaining_characters ); ?>"><?php /* Content alerady escaped if necessary. Do not escape again here! */ echo $value; ?></textarea>

I would appreciate anyone's help. I'm not a coder per se. Thank you in advance for your help.


  • I am assuming you are trying not to alter the plugin? That seems like it would be the only way.
    – Samyer
    Commented Mar 23, 2017 at 19:08
  • Oh no, I could alter the plugin. Not a problem. thanks
    – Peter
    Commented Mar 25, 2017 at 5:06

2 Answers 2


You would need to edit the plugin and insert an instance of the wp_editor instead of that textarea.

Refer to the wp_editor function reference.

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    Ok, thank you very much for your help!! It is much appreciated. I will try this out and reply here as to how it goes. Thank you again!!
    – Peter
    Commented Mar 26, 2017 at 23:12
  • I successfully replaced the textarea with wp_editor. However it is stripping out for instance using the iframe html tag and others as well. How can I alter this? Thank you again.
    – Peter
    Commented Apr 1, 2017 at 22:01

Try this:

<?php wp_editor( $value, $html['id'], array(
    'textarea_name' => $html['name'],
    'textarea_rows' => 10,
) ); ?>

If you need set read only for editor see How to make the wordpress editor readonly?

  • Assuming that the question is useless and just providing an un-related different approach isnt an answer.
    – Sagive
    Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 14:15

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