Category Description Editor

This plugin was discontinued as there was little interest in it. It no longer works in newer WordPress versions. It seemed like a good idea at the time but very few people even tried it…


If you are organizing your blog by category and perhaps using the “Categories” menu for navigation, this plugin will help you make nice category descriptions that appear at the top of each category page. It enables the WordPress visual editor (TinyMCE) on the Edit Category admin page and lets you add or edit the descriptions the same way you write posts. It lets you add images, links, lists, font colours, headings, etc.

Screenshots:

Add Category Edit Category

 

Installation

If your theme doesn’t display category descriptions, have a look at the WordPress codex page about the category_description template tag.

Standard WordPress quick and easy installation:

  1. Download.
  2. Unzip.
  3. Upload the “cat-description-editor” folder to the plugins directory and activate the plugin.
  4. Log in WordPress and activate the plugin.
  5. Edit any category to see the changes.

Version 1.1 supports adding and editing descriptions to both categories and tags, new in WordPress 2.8. The enhanced editor is only available on the Edit Category or Edit Tag pages. To add description to a category or tag, create it first then edit it by clicking on it’s name.

Version 1.0 supports (and requires) WordPress 2.7. The enhanced editor is only available on the Edit Category page. To add description to a category, create it first then edit it by clicking on it’s name.

109 thoughts on “Category Description Editor”

  1. hi,

    echo category_description() doesn’t show the formated description in wp 3.0.1 ?!?

    category_description() uses sanitize_term_field() with the context “display” and then returns a html striped version of the description in between p tags.

    to show your own formated version of the description, you might call the ‘raw’ context and use instead :
    echo get_term_field( ‘description’, get_query_var( ‘cat’ ), ‘category’, ‘raw’ );

    get_query_var( ‘cat’ ) should return your current category id.

    i hope this will help.

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  5. hi,

    echo category_description() doesn’t show the formated description in wp 3.0.1 ?!?

    category_description() uses sanitize_term_field() with the context “display” and then returns a html striped version of the description in between p tags.

    to show your own formated version of the description, you might call the ‘raw’ context and use instead :
    echo get_term_field( ‘description’, get_query_var( ‘cat’ ), ‘category’, ‘raw’ );

    get_query_var( ‘cat’ ) should return your current category id.

    i hope this will help.

    seb

  6. Dear sirs,
    I am not very good with technical operations.
    I went to wordpress.org to look for your category description editor because I wanted to put images in the category descriptions.
    That plugin is not in the WP.org database .
    you know it is easy to use plugins from there because you can download them to your desktop or wherever and with no further steps you can go into the dashboard of your wordpress blog and click upload and browse and then find the download and choose it and click upload and activate.
    When I downloaded your plugin, I could not get it to work I guess mainly because I don’t understand how to use FTP and your plugin comes with other files attached or grouped in the zip file.
    Anyway I would love to get and use this plugin but I need help to make it work.

  7. Hi, this sounds great, but I m wondering
    This would not work with categories from e-commerce plugin, or would it?
    Agnes

  8. Hi there,

    I have been using the plugin for quite a while and it always worked like a charm. great work!
    an issue came up when i upgraded worpdress to 3.0 version, though. while I didn’t change anything else, category descriptions that looked great on my website before (with image, grey text… as it looks in the editor), now look very basic with black text, no image, no line-breaks.
    is the plugin working with wordpress 3.0 ?! do i have to perform any manual change?

    thanks for your help

  9. Hi,

    Could I know the main purpose of this plugin before I download it?

    No offense. Sorry, this is only because I do not understand exactly what the main purpose of this plugin so that I want to figure it out clearly before download it. Screenshots above only show the Edit Category admin page, does not show the actual display on their blogs through a browser. I mean by watching the real appearance on the blog – not on the admin page – then I will figure out the real benefits. Could you provide the URL of the blogs that have appeared Category Description Editor, please? Thank you in advance.

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