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  • barbaricht


    If i enter this code
    <?php echo site_url(); ?>

    in the HTML editor and switch to visual editor the php characters < > are replaced by HTML character entities, which renders the code useless.

    I need to have both editors available.

    thank you,

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  • Clayton James


    ‘Yep. flipping between editors will often change code you entered in HTML mode.

    Also, you probably cannot enter php code in the visual editor and expect it to run, as a general rule of thumb. Generally speaking,I don’t think PHP code will run by default from a post or a page when entered from the visual or the HTML editor (if that’s your goal).

    Perhaps you need a plugin that will allow you to run php from a post or page? Or are you just trying to post code snippets for display in an article?

    A general search:



    Dear James,

    Thank you for your response. My goal was not hardcode absolute URL’s for image tags. As a result, I added image tags in this way below using the HTML editor:
    <img src=”<?php echo site_url(); ?>/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/newsletter.png” />

    I did this because i will be uploading a local/development wordpress website to production on the Interent using a different domain name.

    This method worked fine, until i switch to the visual editor, which change the php code as described in the above posts.

    And yes i’m using a plugin that allow me to add php code in the HTML editor. The name of plug-in is “PHP Code for posts”.

    thank you!

    Moderator bcworkz


    A few random thoughts for possible workarounds…
    1. Will the php code plugin still work if you used < and > to denote code blocks?
    2. Consider creating a shortcode to insert the site url.
    3. Develop the discipline to only work in html. Use the post preview feature to view the results.




    Dear bcworkz,

    thank you for you comments! To answer your questions starting with the first: the php code won’t work with code blocks. The visual editor still changes < > to character entities even though they are wrapped in code blocks.

    The short code idea i like. I don’t know anything about short code because i just starting learning wordpress a month ago. So i take a look at it.

    lastly, i’m a web developer by profession and i use many programming languages. I could never only use html.


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