I dont want to use the WYSIWYG at the top of my Custom Post Type. I want to use a custom field textarea that i can place at bottom of my list of custom fields instead.

Is this possible?

add_action('init', 'init_remove_support',100);
function init_remove_support(){
    $post_type = 'your post type';
    remove_post_type_support( $post_type, 'editor');

place it to your themes functions.php

  • 1
    Note: I would recommend calling remove_post_type_support() inside the same callback that you call register_post_type(), to ensure proper order of execution. – Chip Bennett Nov 16 '12 at 16:21
  • I dont see register_post_type() in functions.php. I am using Custom Types UI in combo with AdvancedCustomFields. – scottgemmell Nov 16 '12 at 16:42
  • That you're using the Custom Post Types UI Plugin is a rather important detail to your question. :) The Plugin exposes the supports parameter in its UI. Refer to these screenshots. – Chip Bennett Nov 16 '12 at 16:58

You can actually disable the WYSIWYG editor, leaving only the html source editor. Choose a function below:

// disable wyswyg for custom post type, using the global $post
add_filter('user_can_richedit', function( $default ){
  global $post;
  if( $post->post_type === 'product')  return false;
  return $default;

// disable wyswyg for custom post type, using get_post_type() function
add_filter('user_can_richedit', function( $default ){
  if( get_post_type() === 'product')  return false;
  return $default;
  • is there a way to only remove the WYSIWYG from the excerpt? My theme has it turned on, and I'm dubious about some of their code, I'm not sure I can remove it. I asked this as a new question here: wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/300877/… – Jason Apr 16 '18 at 6:13
  • Hi, honestly, I don't know, my WP knowledge is a bit rusty, sorry. The only thing I can suggest is to dig into the WP source code, find something relevant, then duckduckgo/google it for documentation/examples. – user188421 Apr 17 '18 at 6:32

Alternatively, you can handle post-editor support directly in your register_post_type() call, via the 'supports' parameter in the $args array.

The default value is: 'supports' => array( 'title', 'editor' ).

You can change it to whatever you need; for example: 'supports' => array( 'title' ).


Re: this comment:

I am using Custom Types UI in combo with AdvancedCustomFields.

The Custom Post Types UI Plugin exposes all of the register_post_type() $args array parameters in its UI.

In this case, you simply need to find the Supports section, and disable/uncheck Editor:

Custom Post Types UI Plugin - Register Post Type options

  • Even though another answer was set as the selected answer, this is the correct answer. There's no need to run a filter to remove something that you can just exclude when declaring the CPT to begin with. – butlerblog Aug 13 '17 at 18:56

Another, more consistent way to disable the WYSIWYG editor, leaving only the html source editor - is to disallow tinymce using "wp_editor_settings" filter for your custom post type.

function my_post_type_editor_settings( $settings ) {

    global $post_type;

    if ( $post_type == 'my_post_type' ) {

        $settings[ 'tinymce' ] = false;

    return $settings;

add_filter( 'wp_editor_settings', 'my_post_type_editor_settings' );
  • Please edit your answer, and add an explanation: why could that solve the problem? – fuxia May 11 '17 at 12:04

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