How To Insert Special Characters Into WordPress Posts And Pages

Learn how to insert special characters and symbols into your WordPress posts and pages.

Adding Special Characters And Symbols To Your WordPress Pages & Posts

Symbols like © ® ™ and special characters often need to be inserted into content.

This tutorial shows you how to add HTML symbols and characters to your pages and posts.

Important Info

We have created a detailed tutorial that explains how to use the WordPress editor here:

Adding Special Symbols And Characters To WordPress Posts & Pages

If you want 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 Character button …

WordPress Editor - Special Character button

(WP Editor – Insert Custom Character button)

Click on a character inside the Special character chart to insert it into your post (or page) …

Special characters

(Special character chart)

These symbols are called HTML character entities or extended characters. They are generated by typing or adding character combinations into your page that web browsers then interpret as special symbols.

Here are some examples of popular HTML characters:

Add Custom Character Into WordPress

Notes:

  • 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 further below for references useful resources about HTML characters and symbols.

Using Smileys 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:

Smilies

(Smilies)

By default, WordPress automatically converts text smilies 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 smiley 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 smiley ;))

How to create smileys

(How to create smilies. Source: WordPress Codex: Using Smileys)

For more information about using Smileys in WordPress, go here:

Adding Special Characters To WordPress – Useful Plugins

HTML Special Characters Helper

The HTML Special Characters Helper plugin is free that can be very handy  if you frequently use the WordPress Text editor and need to add special symbols and characters to your posts and pages …

HTML Special Characters Helper plugin

(HTML Special Characters Helper)

You can download the plugin from the WordPress plugin repository, or search for the plugin by name to install the plugin directly from your Plugin admin area …

Installing HTML Special Characters Helper - plugin for WordPress

(Install HTML Special Characters Helper – plugin for WordPress)

After installing the plugin, you will see an HTML Special Characters section appear in your Add/Edit Post and Add/Edit Page screens …

HTML Special Characters Helper section

(HTML Special Characters Helper)

To see more symbols, click on the See more link at the foot of the widget …

HTML Special Characters - See more link

(HTML Special Characters – See more link)

The entire table of symbols is displayed with characters categorized into labeled sections …

HTML Special Characters - Complete list of characters

(HTML Special Characters – Full character list)

Hovering over any of the items brings up the code for the special character as well as its name …

Hover your mouse over an item to bring up codes

(Hover over a symbol to display codes)

If you are using Text editor mode, this plugin can be very useful because it lets you insert a special character without having to keep switching back to Visual Editor mode. Just click on any symbol inside the table and the encoded character will be inserted into the text  …

Character encoding inserted into post in Text mode

(Character encoding inserted into post in Text mode)

When used in the visual editor mode the symbol itself is added to the text …

Character added to post in Visual editor

(Character inserted into post in Visual editor)

Also, note that the Visual Editor has its own special characters tool, which is accessible via the built-in menu. If you only plan to use the Visual Editor, then this plugin is unnecessary. as it would be redundant.

HTML Entities Button

The HTML Entities Button WordPress plugin is another free plugin you may want to look at installing if you work in Text mode and would like to be able to add custom characters without having to switch to Visual mode …

HTML Entities Button - plugin

(HTML Entities Button WordPress plugin)

You can download the plugin from the WordPress free plugin repository, or search for “HTML Entities Button” to install the plugin directly from the WP dashboard …

Add HTML Entities Button

(Adding HTML Entities Button – plugin for WordPress)

After the plugin is installed, you will see that a row of new buttons will appear in the Text editor toolbar menu in your Add/Edit Post and Add/Edit Page screens …

HTML Entities Button Menu Items

(HTML Entities Button Functionality – Text Mode)

The HTML Entities Button plugin allows you to convert special characters to HTML entities …

Convert special characters to HTML entities feature

(Convert special characters to HTML entities)

Or vice-versa …

Convert HTML entities to special characters feature

(Convert HTML entities to special characters button)

Add HTML entities while you work in Text editor mode …

Add HTML entities item

(HTML entities)

Add emoticons to your text …

Emoticons

(Emoticons functionality)

You can also add WP Emojis to your content …

Emoji

(Add An Emoji)

This plugin includes an extensive emoticon library …

Emoticon Library

(Emoticon Library – HTML Entities Button plugin)

Info

Note: For even more emoticons, try installing a plugin like WP Emoji One.  This plugin lets you add more than 1,100 emoticons to your page content …

WP Emoji One plugin

(WP Emoji One plugin)

Another thing you can add with the HTML Entities Button plugin are links to your most recent posts …

Insert links to recent posts item

(Insert links to recent posts functionality)

To learn more about adding internal links to your content using the built-in internal linking, see this tutorial:

Keep Emoticons As Text

Keep Emoticons As Text plugin

(Keep Emoticons As Text – WordPress plugin)

Prior to WordPress version 4.3, WordPress included an option in the “Formatting” section of its 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 its Writing Settings. This plugin does the same thing as unchecking the “convert to smilies” option that was available via the settings.

Special Characters – Useful Resources:

The sites below provide useful information about special characters and symbols:

Inserting Special Characters And Symbols Into Your WordPress Posts & Pages

(Source: Pixabay)

Congratulations! Now you know how to add custom characters and symbols to your posts and pages.

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