How To Add Simple HTML to Widget Titles

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Are you looking for a way to add simple HTML to widget titles? Normally you can’t add HTML in widget titles, as the HTML code is removed. This snippet lets you add strong and em tags to your widget titles.


  1. Add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin.
  2. User the codes [s]text[/s] and [e]text[/e] on your text. [s]text[/s] will become <strong>text</strong> and [e]text[/e] will become <em>text</em> in the HTML. If you are familiar with coding, you can also add more tags to the snippet, but be sure to keep security in mind.
function html_widget_title( $title ) {
	//HTML tag opening/closing brackets
	$title = str_replace( '[', '<', $title );
	$title = str_replace( '[/', '</', $title );

	$title = str_replace( 's]', 'strong>', $title );
	$title = str_replace( 'e]', 'em>', $title );

	return $title;
add_filter( 'widget_title', 'html_widget_title' );

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

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Comments   Leave a Reply

  1. Thank you very much, could you please tell me what to add for making a line break in widget title with ?
    Thank you!

    1. If I understand the question, you could possibly use this line:

      $title = str_replace( ‘?’, ‘
      ‘, $title );

  2. Prasun Bhattacharya August 20, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Thank you very much….:)

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