Support » Fixing WordPress » Drafts Don't Keep Paragraph Formatting

  • I don’t know when this started happening, I know that I’ve recently updated my theme (Thematic, with my own custom child theme, latest Thematic version is and I’m not sure when I last updated WordPress, but it’s on the latest version (3.4.2).

    When I create a new blog post, then save the draft, then come back to it later, all the paragraph formatting goes away. I don’t use the HTML editor, I always use the visual editor and it has always worked fine until now.

    I have a backup of Thematic before the update so I’m going to try uploading that and see if it fixes anything, but my site is being slow right now. Until then, what other solutions could I try?

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  • You might want to try a plugin that will preserve your formatting, WordPress might be stripping some tags.
    I’ve never used this one, but it could help.

    Of course you could always venture out and see if you could fix the problem yourself, I found this resource to be helpful.

    Don’t know if this is a WordPress or Thematic problem, so it might be worth digging into the Thematic options to see if there is anything about formatting there.

    It sounds like a plugin that is attaching a post filter and echoing the data instead of returning it.

    Not sure what your coding experience is like but some plugin or you are using.

    add_filter( 'the_content', 'filter_function_name' )

    or some similar filter during the post/draft save and echoing the data instead of returning it or it’s being returned correctly and the programmer forgot to return it by wrapping it with the php nl2br function.

    I’ve had that issue before 9 times out of 10 it’s a filter being echoed (or printed) using echo or print instead of being returned and/or being returned without using the php function nl2br.

    Hope that helps.

    Um, so I downgraded Thematic to a version that I know worked, couldn’t reproduce the problem. Then I upgraded back to the latest version and now I can’t reproduce the problem. So I guess this is kinda solved?

    I know the posts I wrote that had the problem were written on my desktop, so I tried writing a new post on there, saving draft, then coming back later and the paragraphs were kept in tact. The same thing with my laptop, which is where I usually write posts.

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