Raw HTML Plugin for WordPress


Recently I needed to put some style definitions and a JavaScript function in a post on another blog that I have. I wasted several hours trying to do this, because WordPress insisted on putting backslashes in front of my apostrophes, inserting superfluous <p> or <br /> tags in place of newlines, and generally breaking my HTML in various horrible ways.

In the end I decided to just go and write a plugin that would let me disable the automatic formatting that WordPress applies to post content. This plugin adds a set of shortcodes that you can use to “protect” specific parts of your post and prevent WP from messing with them.

Download & Installation

Requirements :

  • WordPress 2.8 or later
  • If you use the free version, I strongly recommend disabling the visual editor. It (the editor) can mess up your code even if you use this plugin.

Installation is straightforward – download the zip file, unzip, upload the raw-html folder to /wp-content/plugins and activate it in the Plugins tab.


There are two ways to use the plugin. First, to turn off “smart quotes” and other built-in filters for an entire post, use the checkboxes that Raw HTML adds to the “Edit Post” screen:

Raw HTML meta box screenshot

If you want to prevent a specific part of your post or page from being processed and “texturized” by WordPress, wrap it in ... or <!–raw–>…<!–/raw–> tags. The two versions work exactly the same, with one exception – the <!–raw–>’s won’t be visible to your visitors even if you deactivate the plugin.

Example :


a ‘test’!

Result :
This is a 'test'!

If you view the source code of this page, you will see that the newlines are still there, and the apostrophes haven’t been converted/escaped.

Other Notes

This plugin is provided AS IS, with no guarantee that it will work on your site.

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298 Responses to “Raw HTML Plugin for WordPress”

  1. Graham says:

    Hey Dude,

    Thanks for your plugin. But the 1.4.3 update introduced a problem on my site; it causes a large space to be left under buttons created by Really Simple Facebook Twitter Share Buttons. It looks like a spurious [br /] is being inserted into the button code or something. Version 1.4.2 works fine.


  2. Jānis Elsts says:

    Looks like a problem with filter priorities. I’ve patched it in the development version, give it a try.

  3. qammar says:

    Hi, I just use your plugin in one of my client wordpress website, she having problem with form validation javascript. this just save a lot of my time. many thanks for the Raw HTML plugin.

    qammar feroz

  4. I would love to buy the pro version of your plugin for RAW html. However, I pretty much refuse to deal with paypal accounts after they ripped me off for $7000. I don’t mind using a credit card through paypal, but your cart requires the creation of a paypal account, which it does not have to do. Any alternative ways I can pay you?


    Rich Dutton

  5. Javier says:

    Gracias!!!! Gracias!!!!!! me has salvado la vida con este plugin!!!!!!!

  6. Erisian says:

    I like the idea of your raw plug-in but was surprised to discover that it creates 4 separate post_meta entries for every post – even for posts which activate none of the features.
    The much abused post_meta table is bloated enough already – was there any special reason for not serializing or otherwise compressing the 4 bits of data your plug-in uses?

  7. Jānis Elsts says:

    You make a good point. I’ll have to change that in the next version.

  8. […] it. These innocuous actions rendered XML entities into their default (non-escaped) representation. "RawHTML" is a plugin which stopped that outrage 🙂 You just wrap your code by special tags and that's […]

  9. Pat says:

    Thanks, great plugin, I always wondered why the code changes sometimes in the wordpress editor.

  10. David says:

    I was going to buy the Pro version but found out you also want $3 per month? So if I use this for the next 10 years which I probably would, you are valuing the plugin at $360 + $15 = $375?

    That is not the normal way to make money from a plugin. Are you getting tons of sales? I doubt it. I would like a reasonable price. Please let me know and I will buy it right away.

  11. Arkadia says:

    It sounds like it’s $3/month, optionally, for ongoing support David. I could be wrong but that’s what I read under the pricing page. 🙂

    I have a client that is going nuts with the HTML getting mangled everytime she tries to make a change to her WordPress pages. I tried to show her how to avoid visual mode on the editor, but she seems to be doing it wrong (she lives across the world from me, so I haven’t observed what she is doing wrong…). Avoiding visual mode is a method that works flawlessly for me, but she is over 60 years old, quite an impressive tech granny but still a granny nonetheless so I understand her frustrations. She doesn’t part well with her money, so I need to be able to test your plugin before I purchase it. Is this possible? Seems like the free version doesn’t do what the pro does by a long shot. Even access to a demo site (with admin access) would be awesome. Please and thank you!!!

  12. Jānis Elsts says:

    Yes, that $3 is for support and updates. If you don’t want them, you can cancel the subscription right after buying, and you won’t need to pay the $3 even once.

    As for a demo, I don’t have a demo site set up right now, but I suppose I could whip up a simple one for you. Contact me by privately about this : whiteshadow@w-shadow.com

  13. Bob Easton says:

    Hmmm. I can’t find any Terms and Conditions for the Pro version. Is the pricing for the tool itself, buy once, use on several blogs, or on a per blog basis?

  14. Jānis Elsts says:

    Right now, it’s buy once, use on any number of (your) blogs.

  15. Bob Easton says:

    Now, THAT’s a deal! Thanks for the clarification.

  16. meeble says:

    Hi there,

    What is the difference between the free and pro versions of the plugin?


  17. Jānis Elsts says:

    The Pro version makes it possible to switch between HTML and the Visual editor without WordPress messing up your content. The code between [raw] tags is protected. With the free version, WP can still mangle the code if you use the Visual editor.

  18. BluesWino says:

    I clicked on the link for the Pro Version, went to the site and could not find it. Where is it? Many Thanks!

  19. Jānis Elsts says:

    Sorry about that, the link was outdated. I’ve fixed it now. The right link is: http://rawhtmlpro.com/

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