Symbols like © ® ™ and others often need to be inserted into content.
In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to insert custom characters and symbols into your content.
We have created a detailed step-by-step tutorial that explains how to use the WordPress Content editor here:
Adding Custom Characters To WordPress Posts And Pages
If you would like to add special characters and symbols to your content (like © ® ™ etc), open up a new or existing Post or Page, then make sure you are using the WordPress Visual Editor and click on the Insert Custom Character button …
(Insert Custom Character button – WordPress Content Editor)
Select the symbol you would like to use from the Special character chart to add it to your text …
These symbols are called HTML character entities or extended characters. They are created by typing or adding character combinations in the website page that your browser then converts into special symbols.
Some commonly-used HTML characters are shown below:
- When you click on the Select custom character symbol in the Visual Editor, WordPress places the character entity code for you into your content. If you’re working in Text Editor mode, you can also add a character entity by just typing in the code directly (or using the plugin shown in the tutorial below).
- See the end of this tutorial for links to useful resources additional resources about custom characters and symbols.
Using Smilies In WordPress
Smilies, also known as “emoticons,” are used to convey emotions in your writing. They can be used to brighten up your posts, express disapproval, confusion, sadness, anger, etc… 🙂
Text smilies are created by typing two or more punctuation marks. For example:
By default, WordPress automatically converts text smileys to graphic images. Thus, when you type 😉 in your post you see 😉 when you preview or publish your post.
You can turn off this feature using plugins (see below), so that when you type 😉 in your post, you will see 😉 instead of ;-).
The screenshot below shows a number of smilie images you can use in your content and the characters used to produce these (note: in some instances, you can use multiple text options to display the same smilie ;))
(How to create smileys. Source: WordPress Codex: Using Smileys)
For more information about using Smileys in WordPress, go here:
Plugins For Adding Symbols And Characters To Content In WordPress
HTML Special Characters Helper is a free plugin that can be very handy if you frequently use the WordPress Text editor and would like to add special characters and symbols to your posts and pages …
(HTML Special Characters Helper – WordPress plugin)
You can download the plugin from the WordPress free plugin directory, or search for the plugin by name (i.e. “HTML Special Characters Helper”) to install it directly from within your Plugin admin area …
(Add HTML Special Characters Helper)
After installing and activating the plugin, an HTML Special Characters widget will be added to your Add/Edit Post and Add/Edit Page screens …
(HTML Special Characters Helper widget)
To access more characters, click on the See more link …
(HTML Special Characters – See more link)
The entire list of HTML Special Characters is displayed with characters organized into different sections …
(HTML Special Characters – Complete list)
Hovering over an item shows the HTML entity encoding for the character and its name …
(Hover over an item to see codes)
If you are using Text editor mode, this plugin can be very handy because it lets you add special characters without having to keep switching back to Visual Editor mode. Just click on any symbol from the table and the encoded character will be inserted into the text …
(Character encoding inserted into post in Text editor)
Note that when used in the visual editor the special character itself is added to your post text …
(Character inserted into post in Visual editor)
Also, note that the Visual Content editor has its own special characters tool, which is accessible via the default menu. If you only plan to stick to using the Visual Editor, then this plugin is redundant. as it would be redundant.
The HTML Entities Button WordPress plugin is another free plugin you may want to consider installing if you do any work in Text mode and would like the ability to add custom symbols without switching to the Visual editor …
(HTML Entities Button)
You can download the plugin from the WordPress plugin directory, or search for the plugin by name to install it directly from inside your Plugin admin area …
(Adding HTML Entities Button plugin for WordPress)
After installing the plugin, you will see that new buttons will display in the Text editor toolbar menu in your Add/Edit Post and Add/Edit Page screens …
(HTML Entities Button Functionality – Text Mode)
The HTML Entities Button plugin lets you convert special characters to HTML entities …
(Convert special characters to HTML entities functionality)
Or vice-versa (i.e. convert HTML entities to special characters) …
(Convert HTML entities to special characters)
Add HTML entities while you work in Text editor mode …
Add emoticons to your page content …
(Add Emoticons button)
Add WP Emojis to your content …
(Insert WP Emojis)
This plugin includes lets you choose emojis from an extensive library …
If you need more emoticons, look at installing a plugin like WP Emoji One. WP Emoji One lets you add more than 1,100 emoticons to your posts and pages …
(WP Emoji One – plugin for WordPress)
One more thing you can insert with the HTML Entities Button plugin are links to recent posts …
(Insert links to recent posts button)
To learn how to add internal links to your content using the built-in link, see this tutorial:
(Keep Emoticons As Text – WordPress plugin)
Prior to WordPress version 4.3, WordPress included an option in the “Formatting” section of the Writing Settings (Convert emoticons like 🙂 and 😛 to graphics on display) which instructed WordPress to convert all of the emoticons in your posts into image smileys. This checkbox was enabled by default and allowed users to turn off the feature by unticking the box.
After the release of version 4.3, WordPress removed the “Formatting” section from the Writing Settings. This plugin does the same thing as unchecking the “convert to smilies” option that used to be available via the settings.
Visit the sites below for additional information about special characters and symbols:
Congratulations! Now you know how to insert special characters and symbols into your pages and posts.
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