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How to Remove HTML Tags from WordPress 3.x Comment Box

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How to Remove HTML Tags from WordPress 3.x Comment Box

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How to remove: “You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=”” title=””> <abbr title=””> <acronym title=””> <b> <blockquote cite=””> <cite> <code> <del datetime=””> <em> <i> <q cite=””> <strike> <strong> ” in the comment box above “Post Comment” button of Twenty ten WordPress 3.

This tutorial is going to guide you how to get rid of the html code under the message box in the WordPress twenty ten’s comment template.

First a warning, do not edit or delete the code from WordPress 3.x core files, instead hide it with CSS code.

  • Using CSS has the advantage of not requiring core file modifications (always a bad idea).

Put simply, you need to add the following line of code to the your Theme style sheet.

.form-allowed-tags { display:none; }

So, using the WP Twenty ten theme as an example, here are the steps:

1. Login to your WordPress dashboard

2. Go to Appearance/Editor.

3. Open the stylesheet file, style.css. It will be listed at the bottom of the right-hand column.

4. Go to the end of the style.css style sheet and enter the code on a new line:

.form-allowed-tags { display:none; }

5. Save the file (Update File button) and you’re done.

6. And that’s all there is too it. If you now inspect your comment box the offending HTML Tags will have gone.



Well I hope you found this interesting and of use. See you soon.

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    2. WoW! Great and Ty for the info, now my comment box looks good!

    3. It’s challenging to find knowledgeable folks on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

    4. This hasn’t worked for me on the Coraline theme. Please help!

      If I share a post on Facebook all of that code shows up instead of my post excerpt!

      • Sorry Coral, I can only suggest you investigate the style sheet (css) for your theme. Your looking for the: .form-allowed-tags { display:none; } code.
        Your theme may have already overwritten/changed the code.

    5. thanks for sharing it with me

    6. Great, thank you for solving this problem

    7. You have shared something useful. Thanks a lot for the share.

    8. One of the easiest things I have modified in WordPress. Thanks you very much for the information. It just tidies the coment box up nicely and totally gets rid of the ugly looking code at the bottom scaring people aways 🙂

    9. This is the best post I have ever seen, thanks for posting

    10. Thanks for sharing this useful information! Hope that you will continue with the kind of stuff you are doing.

    11. That’s smart. Hiding the message instead of actually removing it.
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    12. Thank you so much for this post, been searching for hours! loll.

    13. Thanks for this, problem solved. I was trying to go through the comments.php code but couldn’t find it and google brought me here.

    14. Works perfect with all themes we use in wordpress 3.2.1, thank you!

    15. Works perfect, done in 1 minute. Thank you for that tip.

    16. thanx, it worked like a gem 😉

    17. Great post, this is brilliant. Thank you

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