Make the wp-caption DIV the Same Width as the Image

Here’s a small piece of code that will use the img_caption_shortcode filter and modify the HTML for captions. The purpose is to create a <div> that wraps the image and the caption, making that <div> the same size as the image that it contains.

<?php
function d3j_wpcaption( $x = NULL, $attr = array(), $content = '' )
{
	extract( shortcode_atts( array(
		'id' => '',
		'align' => 'alignnone',
		'width' => '',
		'caption' => ''), $attr ) );

	if ( intval( $width ) < 1 || empty( $caption ) )
		return $content;

	$id = $id ? ( ' id="' . $id . '" ') : '';

	$ret = '<div ' . $id . ' class="wp-caption ' . esc_attr( $align ) . '" style="width: ' . $width . 'px")';
	$ret .= do_shortcode( $content );
	$ret .= '<div class="wp-caption-wrapper">';
	$ret .= '<p class="wp-caption-text">' . esc_html( $caption ) . '</p>';
	$ret .= '</div>';
	$ret .= '</div>';

	return $ret;
}
add_filter( 'img_caption_shortcode',  'd3j_wpcaption', 10, 3 );

The code works by adding a filter for ‘img_caption_shortcode’. This is called by the handler function for the caption shortcode. The results of the shortcode are wrapped by a new <div> with the caption text placed within another <div> with a class of “wp-caption-wrapper”. With these now surrounding your caption shortcode contents, the appearance of the caption and image can be styled with custom CSS.

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