How to Edit HTML in WordPress Code Editor (Beginner’s Guide)

Are you looking for an easy way to edit HTML on your WordPress website?

HyperText Markup Language or HTML is a code that tells a web browser how to display the content on your web pages. Editing HTML comes in handy for advanced customization and troubleshooting issues.

In this article, we’ll show you how to edit HTML in the WordPress code editor using different methods.

How to Edit HTML in WordPress code editor

Why Should You Edit HTML in WordPress?

WordPress offers thousands of themes and plugins to change the appearance of your website and customize different elements without touching a single line of code.

However, plugins and themes have their limitations and might not offer the exact features you’re looking for. As a result, you might be unable to style your website the way you want it to look.

This is where editing HTML is really useful. You can easily perform advanced customization using HTML code. It provides a lot of flexibility and control over how your site will look and function.

In addition, learning how to edit HTML can also help you identify and fix errors on your WordPress website when you don’t have access to the dashboard.

Note: If you don’t want to edit HTML, but still want full customization options, then we recommend using a drag and drop WordPress page builder like SeedProd.

That being said, let’s look at different ways to edit HTML in a WordPress website.

We’ll cover how to edit HTML using the block editor and classic editor, and we’ll also show you an easy way to add code to your site. You can click the links below to jump ahead to your preferred section.

  • How to Edit HTML in WordPress Block Editor
  • How to Edit HTML in WordPress Classic Editor
  • How to Edit HTML in WordPress Widgets
  • How to Edit HTML in WordPress Theme Editor
  • How to Edit HTML in WordPress Using FTP
  • Easy Way to Add Code in WordPress

How to Edit HTML in WordPress Block Editor

In the WordPress block editor, there are multiple ways to edit the HTML of your post or page.

First, you can use a Custom HTML block in your content to add HTML code.

To start, head over to your WordPress dashboard and then add a new post/page or edit an existing article. After that, click the plus (+) sign at the top left corner and add a ‘Custom HTML’ block.

Adding custom HTML block in WordPress

Next, go ahead and enter your custom HTML code in the block. You can also click on the ‘Preview’ option to check if the HTML code is working properly and how your content will look on your live website.

Custom HTML code in WordPress Editor

Another way to add or change HTML code in the WordPress block editor is by editing the HTML of a particular block.

To do that, simply select an existing block in your content and then click the three-dot menu. Next, go ahead and click the ‘Edit as HTML’ option.

Click the three dots and select edit as HTML

You’ll now see the HTML of an individual block. Go ahead and edit the HTML of your content. For example, you can add a nofollow link, change the style of your text, or add other code.

Edit the HTML of an individual block

If you want to edit the HTML of your entire post, then you can use the ‘Code Editor’ in the WordPress block editor.

You can access the code editor by clicking the three-dots option in the top right corner. Then select ‘Code Editor’ from the drop-down options.

Access the Code Editor

How to Edit HTML in WordPress Classic Editor

If you’re using the WordPress classic editor, then you can easily edit the HTML in the Text view.

To access the Text view, simply edit a blog post or add a new one. When you’re in the classic editor, click the ‘Text’ tab to see the HTML of your article.

Click on Text in the Classic Editor to edit HTML

After that, you can edit the HTML of your content. For example, you can bold different words to make them prominent, use the italic style in the text, create lists, add a table of contents, and more.

How to Edit HTML in WordPress Widgets

Did you know that you can add and edit HTML code in your site’s widget area?

In WordPress, using a Custom HTML widget can help you customize your sidebar, footer, and other widget areas. For instance, you can embed contact forms, Google Maps, call to action (CTA) buttons, and other content.

You can start by heading over to your WordPress admin panel and then go to Appearance » Widgets. After that, go ahead and add a Custom HTML widget by clicking the ‘Add’ button.

Add a Custom HTML Widget

Next, you’ll need to select where you’d like to add the Custom HTML widget and choose a position. The widget area will depend on the WordPress theme you’re using. For example, you may be able to add it to your footer, header, or other areas.

Select the area and position for your Custom HTML widget

Once you’ve selected the widget area and position, go ahead and click the ‘Save Widget’ button.

After that, you can click on your Custom HTML widget, enter the HTML code, and then click the ‘Save’ button.

Enter Custom HTML

You can now visit your website to see the Custom HTML widget in action.

Custom HTML Preview

How to Edit HTML in WordPress Theme Editor

Another way to edit the HTML of your website is through the WordPress Theme Editor (Code Editor).

However, we don’t recommend that you directly edit the code in the Theme Editor. The slightest mistake when entering code can break your website and block you from accessing the WordPress dashboard.

Also, if you update your theme, then all your changes would be lost.

That said, if you are considering editing HTML using the Theme editor, then it’s a good idea to backup your website before making any changes.

Next, head over to Appearance » Theme Editor from your WordPress dashboard. You’ll now see a warning message about directly editing theme files.

Theme editor warning in WordPress

Once you click the ‘I Understand’ button, you’ll see your theme files and code. From here, you can choose which file you’d like to edit and make your changes.

WordPress Theme Editor

How to Edit HTML in WordPress Using FTP

Another alternative method to editing HTML in the WordPress theme files is by using FTP also known as file transfer protocol service.

This is a standard feature that comes with all WordPress hosting accounts.

The benefit of using FTP instead of the code editor is that you can easily fix issues using the FTP client. This way, you won’t be locked out of your WordPress dashboard if something breaks when editing HTML.

To start, you’ll first need to select an FTP software. We’ll be using FileZilla in this tutorial, as it’s a free and user-friendly FTP client for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

After selecting your FTP client, you’ll now need to log in to your site’s FTP server. You can find the login details in your hosting provider’s control panel dashboard.

Once you’re logged in, you will see different folders and files of your website under the ‘Remote site’ column. Go ahead and navigate to your theme files by going to wp-content » theme.

You’ll now see different themes on your website. Go ahead and select the theme that you want to edit.

Navigate to your theme files in FTP client

Next, you can right-click on a theme file to edit the HTML. For example, if you want to make changes in the footer, then right-click the footer.php file.

Many FTP clients allow you to view and edit the file and automatically upload them once you’ve made the changes. In FileZilla, you can do this by clicking the ‘View/Edit’ option.

Download and edit your theme file

However, we suggest that you download the file that you want to edit to your desktop before making any changes.

After editing the HTML, you can replace the original file. For more details, we recommend following our guide on how to use FTP to upload files in WordPress.

Easy Way to Add Code in WordPress

The easiest way to add code to your WordPress is by using the Insert Headers and Footers WordPress plugin.

The team at WPBeginner designed this plugin, so you can easily add code to your site in minutes, and we’ve made it 100% free to use.

It also helps organize your code, as it’s stored in one place. Plus, it prevents errors that can be caused when manually editing code.

Another benefit is that you don’t have to worry about your code being erased if you decide to update or change your theme.

The first thing you’ll need to do is install and activate the Insert Headers and Footers plugin on your website. For more details, you can follow our detailed tutorial on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Once the plugin is active, you can head over to Setting » Insert Headers and Footers from your admin panel.

Next, you can add the HTML code to your website in the header, body, and footer boxes.

For example, let’s say you want to display an alert bar on your website. You can simply enter the HTML code in the ‘Scripts in Body’ box and click the Save button.

Adding the HTML code using the Insert Headers and Footers plugin

Besides that, you can add a Google Analytics tracking code and Facebook pixel in the header or add a Pinterest button in the footer of your website using the plugin.

For more details, you can see our guide on how to add header and footer code in WordPress.

We hope that this article helped you learn how to edit HTML in the WordPress code editor. You may also want to look at our guide on how much it really costs to build a WordPress website, or see the most important reasons you should use WordPress for your website.

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