WordPress visual editor not showing

wordpressJust installed a WordPress for a friend but the visual editor is not showing up. I encounter wordpress’s visual editor not showing many times and this problem only happen on WordPress 2.8 and above with fresh install. After reading the WordPress documentation and figure out, just a line of code and you will be able to fix this broken visual editor in wordpress.

To fix WordPress visual editor not showing, follow the steps below:-


  • FTP to your web server
  • Download your wp-config.php and add this line of code at the bottom of the file before the “require_once” line.
    define('CONCATENATE_SCRIPTS', false ); 

    (*remember to backup the original wp-config.php)

  • Once done, upload the wp-config.php to your web server again. Now refresh your wordpress page and you should see the Visual Editor now.

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46 Responses to “WordPress visual editor not showing”

  1. Russ says:

    WOW. it worked perfectly !! you are the best. thx

  2. Let Your Millionaire Out says:

    Thanks so much for this…saved me some serious aggravation!

    Much appreciated!

  3. Harry says:

    If this happened only in Firefox, try this:
    In Firefox address bar type:


    Filter the results with:


    Any fields that are BOLD need to be RESET. RIGHT CLICK and RESET each BOLD field.

    Good luck!

  4. Anas says:

    Solution :
    Step 1 : Change the theme
    Step 2 : Clear the cache
    Step 3 : Go to your editor
    Step 4 : Change to ‘HTML’
    Step 5 : Change to ” Visual Editor’
    Step 6 : Now you can find the Visual Editor Options
    Step 7 : Change to your original theme

    If Problem Persists, Add ‘ WP-Super Edit / Use Google Library ‘ Plugins, then check it. πŸ™‚

  5. Markus says:

    Damn dude, you made my day with this, awesomeness!

  6. dado Motta says:

    Many, many many thanks!
    Worked for me!

  7. Scorziello says:

    worked great. thnx

  8. Juergen says:

    So many thanks! The only way i found that really works!! :))

  9. cycy says:

    you save my website bro’

  10. Noel says:

    Thanks for that – problem solved!

    I’m using v2.9.1 and have just had to move my install of WP from a WAMP server to a Linux one, then noticed that the visual editor wasn’t appearing. Did a quick search on (screw)roogle for this problem and 15 million results were returned πŸ™‚

  11. Sisada says:

    Thanks bro, you are awesome…
    This tips really works on one of my domain πŸ™‚

  12. RobMoff says:

    Thank you! This has been driving me nuts.

  13. Dion says:

    Totally agree with AJ Kohn. All other advices are similar: “deactivate your plugins and re-install WordPress” And none of that works. You should probably put this fix on the wordpress forum. It’ll help many.

  14. chua says:

    hi Mark, the wp-config.php is not in your theme folder.
    normally this file is located at /home/urname/public_html/wp-config.php
    depending on where you install your wordpress.

  15. Mark says:

    I don’t seem to have a wp-config.php Am I an idiot and looking in the wrong place or does my theme use something else? help!

  16. chua says:

    Rich, try to logout and clear your browser Cache then login again.
    Double check if your profile use visual editor.
    If this continues, u probably need to reinstall your wordpress …

  17. Rich says:

    I’m running 3.05 and don’t recall when the visual editor left me, but I applied the fix, refreshed and don’t have the option to use HTML or Visual Editor. I also logged out of my site, logged back in and it isn’t there. Any other ideas? Thanks in advance.

  18. AJ Kohn says:

    Did this and it worked after upgrading to 3.05. Amazed that this is the only resource to fix this bug. Thank you!

  19. Duncan says:

    Perfect, you’re a legend!

  20. Rudy Preston says:

    This works great even on 3.0.5 install… bless you!

  21. Jittu Malkani says:

    Hey u r a superstar! Its worked for me! Love u!

  22. Isai says:

    You are a genius! Thanks a lot

  23. Stuart says:

    Perfect. Worked like a charm.

  24. xinn says:

    This really worked! I had a blank visual editor(all the text turned into white) and the visual/html tab & the drop down arrows of the menus stopped working but this totally fixed it.

    Thank you very much.

  25. Rajeev says:

    didn’t fix my problem. i upgraded from 3.0.2 to 3.0.3 and arrow heads stopped responding.

    urgent help needed, plz…

  26. jaspreet singh says:

    This is really awesome solution, it took me more then 2 hours to reach a solution.
    That is written by you

    But i am definitely interested how did u do it or managed to get solution for it.

    Please share ur views

  27. James says:


  28. Seba says:

    Incredible, it also work on WordPress 3.0.1! Thanks πŸ™‚

  29. Thanks ! Five days to find this solutionÒ€¦

  30. Mitch says:

    It worked! Much thanks!!

  31. J.Kail says:

    Been searching for HOURS for a fix to this. You just saved me, and my client, tons of time and expense. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

  32. Jay Thompson says:

    PERFECT solution. Wish I’d found it hours ago…. THANK YOU!!

  33. E-TARD says:

    Thank you soo much dude
    your a lifesaver dude.

    I’m running wordpress Version 3.0.1
    & the dam WordPress visual editor stopped showing up.
    I was thinking maybe it was one of my plug-ins.
    would have never thought it would have been something this easy to fix.
    would have been nice if WP would had toled us somewhere.

    Big Thanks for the InFo Dude πŸ˜‰

  34. Simon Stapleton says:

    This worked! You are awesome. My visual editor is now working as before.



  35. Allan says:

    Thanks for this. I’ve spent an hour trying to find an answer after I upgraded a WP installation this morning. This is the solution that works for me.

  36. Dee Wilcox says:

    Just wanted to thank you for sharing this – it absolutely worked for me on a client site. Much appreciated!

  37. Paris Vega says:

    Thanks! Worked. You’re awesome for sharing. Could you explain why this worked?

  38. Jan says:

    Perfect! Thanks for posting such an easy fix.

  39. WereBear says:

    This is seriously awesome. Thanks so much!

  40. Mike says:

    Thanks so much!!!

  41. Chris says:

    Thanks! This fix worked perfectly.

  42. NatalieMac says:

    Perfect fix! Thank you. Can you believe I’m upgrading a 2.5 site to 3.0. What a mess!

  43. Rich says:

    This didn’t do anything for my blog. I wish I never hit that damn upgrade button.

  44. rrwriter says:

    This was the fix I’ve been searching for – probably 16 hours wasted. Thank you!

  45. chua says:

    gary, u probably need to reinstall all ur wordpress files.
    make sure you backup site before doing any reinstall.

  46. Gary says:

    this did not fix my problem πŸ™

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