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How to Disable Automatic formatting in WordPress posts

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How to Disable Automatic formatting in WordPress posts

WordPress has a habit of automatically formatting codes which can become a huge problem for some bloggers. You can use the Syntax Highlighter Plugin or encode all codes manually, but these ways have their own shortcomings. Recently working on a client’s site, we discovered a useful trick that will disable automatic formatting in WordPress posts through the use of shortcodes.

First you would need to open your theme’s functions.php file and paste the following code:

    function my_formatter($content) {
    $new_content = '';
    $pattern_full = '{(\[raw\].*?\[/raw\])}is';
    $pattern_contents = '{\[raw\](.*?)\[/raw\]}is';
    $pieces = preg_split($pattern_full, $content, -1, PREG_SPLIT_DELIM_CAPTURE);

    foreach ($pieces as $piece) {
    if (preg_match($pattern_contents, $piece, $matches)) {
    $new_content .= $matches[1];
    } else {
    $new_content .= wptexturize(wpautop($piece));

    return $new_content;

    remove_filter('the_content', 'wpautop');
    remove_filter('the_content', 'wptexturize');

    add_filter('the_content', 'my_formatter', 99);

Once you have pasted the codes above and uploaded the file, then you are ready to use the shortcodes. Simply use the shortcode below when writing the post:

[raw]Unformatted code[/raw] 

Let us know if you have any questions.

Source: WPRecipes

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  • Phil LaNasa

    Excellent! I’ve tried plugins, but they make they work globally – all pages are affected. This is a super quick fix.

  • Emanuele

    Nice piece of code. Made my day. Thanks for sharing.

  • Myrddin


    Thanks for this tip. Kind of nice to be able to have raw scripts/html for select complex forms I am using, without having to pay attention on the remaining site.


  • Blair

    Im seeing this code everywhere , and I’m not so sure it’s a valid solution as it messes with a lot of other shortcodes ( if you theme is using theme ) , and it seems to add back formatting to areas in which did not have auto formatting in the first place ie : with get_the_excerpt() or something like this.

    Is there not an easier way to strip away a selected area of content to be not formatted this way?

    • Editorial Staff

      Umm, we simply use the Syntax Highlighter to display codes. Rest of formatting is ok. Unfortunately there is no real easy way.

  • Karan

    This still does not take out the tags from posts/pages.


    Excellent, this is definitely one frustrating part of WordPress.