I am building a plugin for frontend submission. I am using shortcodes API to display the form for content submission, but I am having troubles. The problem is, wp_editor echoe's data, and shortcode should return data. When I integrate wp_editor like this:

$final_form .= wp_editor();

form does render, but not in the place but on top of the post content, where shotcode is included. Do you have any idea how would one use wp_editor in shortcode API? I don't wan't to bother with manually calling TinyMCE etc.

Thank you.

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If a function echos data, you can use php output buffering to capture the echoed output and return it instead

// Turn on the output buffer

// Echo the editor to the buffer

// Store the contents of the buffer in a variable
$editor_contents = ob_get_clean();

// Return the content you want to the calling function
return $editor_contents;
  • Thank you for suggestion. Could you show me an example code? Commented Sep 26, 2012 at 14:56
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    see edit above.
    – Milo
    Commented Sep 26, 2012 at 15:26
  • Isn't there a get_wp_editor() function? The output buffering looks a bit "hacky".
    – Ciprian
    Commented Jan 3, 2013 at 13:25
  • @CiprianPopescu there is no get_wp_editor, you can look in source and see exactly why output buffering is necessary in this case, nothing really hacky about it.
    – Milo
    Commented Jan 3, 2013 at 19:14
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    Thanks @Milo. I hope they'll add the option to return it instead of echoing it, without using output buffering. I'm using it for a front-end textarea.
    – Ciprian
    Commented Jan 3, 2013 at 21:48

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