I'm inserting a post using wp_post_insert(). And my post's content looks like this:

<img src="data:image/png;base64, iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAN4AAAB6CA { ... }

but on the insert process, Wordpress removes the data attribute. So above code becomes this:

 <img src="image/png;base64, iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAN4AAAB6CA { ... }

I've tried something like this but no luck:

function my_filter_allowed_html($allowed, $context){
if (is_array($context)) {
    return $allowed;

if ($context === 'post') {
    $allowed['img']['data'] = true;
    $allowed['src']['data'] = true;


return $allowed;
add_filter('wp_kses_allowed_html', 'my_filter_allowed_html', 10, 2);

How can I avoid this?


Thanks to naththedeveloper from StackOverflow. His answer worked for me.

Well, this was a nightmare to find, but I think I've resolved it after digging through the WordPress code which hooks in through wp_insert_post. Please add this to your functions.php file and check it works:

add_filter('kses_allowed_protocols', function ($protocols) {
    $protocols[] = 'data';

    return $protocols;

Essentially internally in WordPress, there's a filter that checks the protocol of any URL's in the content and strips any which it doesn't like. By default, the supported list doesn't support the data protocol. The above function just adds it to the list of supported protocols.

This filter does not run if you're an administrator, which is probably why you're seeing this issue only when logged out.

Thank you for your research.

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