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Rich Text Tags


A TinyMCE Editor for Tags, Categories, and Taxonomies

The Rich Text Tags Plugin allows you to edit tag descriptions, category descriptions, and taxonomy descriptions using WordPress’ built in rich-text editor. Switch between WYSIWYG and HTML editing modes with the click of a link. Use the WordPress uploader to insert images from your computer or site’s Media Library.

Use the WordPress functions tag_description() and category_description() in your theme to show the descriptions. To learn how to show taxonomy descriptions, read more on the plugin page.


  • Edit term descriptions with WordPress’s built-in WYSIWYG editor
  • Works with custom taxonomies (and custom post types, introduced in WP 3.0)
  • Now supports user biography fields!


  • How the rich text editor looks in the Tags page
  • How the rich text editor looks in the Edit Tag page


  • Upload the rich-text-tags folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  • Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


Installation Instructions
  • Upload the rich-text-tags folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  • Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
What is the license of this plugin?
  • This plugin is released under a GPL license.
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Thanks, it’s by Lauren Manning.


September 3, 2016
Worked like charm! Was very tensed to code for WYSIWYG but finally got this plugin and worked for me. Thanks developer you rock (y)
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Contributors & Developers

“Rich Text Tags” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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Change log

1.8 on April 11, 2016

  • Added compatibility with WordPress 4.5
  • Fixed translations



  • Re-added shortened term descriptions in Term view.


  • Fixed HTML “quick tags” button width


  • Added Media description support


  • Fixed bug that made the password fields disappear in Edit User & User Profile screens.


  • Made plugin load even later to allow for more custom taxonomies.


  • Fixed issue with filters stripping tags.


  • Added support for rich text editing user biography fields!
  • Made load a little later for support of more taxonomies


  • Plugin now loads later to allow for custom taxonomies


  • Fixed: restored do_shortcode filter on term descriptions


  • The plugin now uses WordPress’s built-in wp_editor() and requires WordPress 3.3
  • Added localization support (multiple languages)


  • Improved functionality in WordPress 3.2.1
  • Fixed First argument is expected to be a valid callback, 'wp_tiny_mce_preload_dialogs' error (issue 625561 and 603480
  • Improved plugin layout on main taxonomy page


  • Fixed issue #537590, where the rich text editor’s link button wouldn’t work. Thanks to DeannaS



  • Shortened term description in the Edit page so the table doesn’t get too long (good idea, DL). You can modify the length with the term_excerpt_length filter.


  • Added support for NextGen Gallery
  • Improved Media Buttons support by gathering up stray link buttons
  • Added shortcode functionality for term descriptions (tags, categories and taxonomies). Shortcodes will now work in these descriptions.


  • Fixed whitespace from being stripped in HTML mode


  • Fixed issue where toggling between rich text and HTML editors removed paragraphs and line breaks (issue 473880)


  • Added support for WordPress 3.0+
  • Improved code structure
  • Fixed issues with rich text being stripped by WordPress (issue 386264 and 460685

  • Added additional GPL license information


  • Added editor uploader/media library capability


  • Improved Javascript to use jQuery
  • Improved placement of Toggle link
  • Added remove_filter( 'pre_term_description', 'wp_filter_kses' ); code to allow for HTML in tag,
    category, and taxonomy descriptions — since that’s what this plugin does 🙂


  • Updated the readme.txt file to make clearer


  • First version of plugin
  • Added link to disable Rich Text Editor