Magento – allow users to
code HTML in Short Description
of products in 6 easy steps

Sometimes people want to be able to add html code directly to the short description section of a product on a magneto shopping cart.

For example someone might want to bold a product feature in the description.

To allow users to do this there is a simple fix.

Step 1: Login to your magento backend and go to Catalog > Attributes > Manage Attributes

Step 2: Find the attribute entitled “short_description” click on it.

Step 3: Change enable “WYSIWYG” to yes then save the attribute.

Depending on the magento you are running this might do the trick.  This often will work great for the single product view but when looking at a category page it will not render the code properly. If your the category list page still looks funky then you have three more steps to do!

Step 4: Open your ftp and go to /app/design/frontend/default/yourtemplate/template/catalog/product/list.phtml

Step 5: Find the line

<?php echo nl2br($this->htmlEscape($_product->getShortDescription())) ?>

Changing to this…

<?php echo nl2br($_product->getShortDescription()) ?>

Step 6: Save the file and get yourself a reward… your done.