How To Insert Special Characters Into WordPress Posts And Pages

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

How To Insert Special Characters Into Your WordPress Pages And Posts

When creating content, you may need to insert custom characters and symbols into your pages and posts.

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to insert special symbols and characters into your pages and posts.

Important Info

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

How To Insert Custom Characters And Symbols Into Your 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 Custom Character button …

Insert Character button - WordPress Content Editor

(Insert Custom Character button – WP Editor)

Select the symbol you want to use from the Special character popup window to insert it into your text …

Special character chart

(Special character popup window)

These symbols are called HTML character entities or extended characters. They are generated by typing or adding character combinations in the page that the browser then interprets as 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 the end of this article for links to useful resources additional resources about HTML characters and symbols.

Using Smileys In WordPress

Smileys, 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:

Smileys

(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 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

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

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

Adding Special Characters To Content In WordPress – Plugins

HTML Special Characters Helper

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

HTML Special Characters Helper - plugin

(HTML Special Characters Helper)

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

Installing HTML Special Characters Helper plugin

(Adding HTML Special Characters Helper plugin for WordPress)

After installing and activating the plugin, an HTML Special Characters tool will show up inside your Add/Edit Post and Add/Edit Page screens …

HTML Special Characters section

(HTML Special Characters Helper tool)

To view more characters, 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 full list of symbols is displayed with characters categorized into different sections …

HTML Special Characters - Entire character list

(HTML Special Characters – Entire list of characters)

Hovering over any of the special characters shows the code for the special character and its name …

Hover your mouse over an item to view HTML entity encoding

(Hover over an item to display codes)

If you’re using Text editor mode, this plugin can be very useful because it lets you insert special characters without having to keep switching back to Visual Editor mode. Just click on any symbol from the widget and the character encoding will be added to the text  …

Character encoding added to post in Text editor

(Character encoding added to post in Text mode)

When used inside the visual editor the character itself is added to your post body …

Character inserted into post in Visual mode

(Character added to post in Visual editor)

Also, keep in mind that the Visual Content editor has its own special characters tool, which is accessible via the editor menu. If you only use the Visual Editor, then this plugin is redundant. as it would be redundant.

HTML Entities Button

HTML Entities Button is another free plugin you may want to consider installing on your website if you work in Text mode and would like to be able to add custom symbols without switching to the Visual editor …

HTML Entities Button plugin for WordPress

(HTML Entities Button WordPress plugin)

You can download the plugin from the WordPress free plugin directory, or search for the plugin by name (i.e. “HTML Entities Button”) to install it directly from the dashboard …

Adding HTML Entities Button - plugin for WordPress

(Adding HTML Entities Button)

After the plugin is installed, you will see a row of new buttons displaying in your Text editor menu …

HTML Entities Button Functionality

(HTML Entities Button Items)

This plugin allows you to convert special characters to HTML entities …

Convert special characters to HTML entities

(Convert special characters to HTML entities functionality)

Or vice-versa …

Convert HTML entities to special characters functionality

(Convert HTML entities to special characters feature)

Add HTML entities while you work inside the Text editor mode …

HTML entities button

(HTML entities)

Insert emoticons into your post content …

Insert Emoticons

(Insert Emoticons button)

Add WP Emojis to your content …

Add WP Emojis functionality

(Add WP Emojis)

This plugin includes an extensive emoji selection …

Emoticon Library

(Emoticons – HTML Entities Button plugin)

Important

If you need more emoticons, you could install a plugin like WP Emoji One.  WP Emoji One allows you to add more than 1,100 emojis to your posts and pages …

WP Emoji One - plugin for WordPress

(WP Emoji One – WordPress plugin)

One more thing you can use the HTML Entities Button plugin for is adding links to your most recent posts …

Insert links to recent posts item

(Insert links to your most recent posts)

To learn more about adding internal links to your content using the default link, see this tutorial:

Keep Emoticons As Text

Keep Emoticons As Text

(Keep Emoticons As Text – plugin for WordPress)

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 graphical 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.

Additional Info:

The links below provide additional resources about custom characters and symbols:

How To Insert Special Characters Into Your WP Pages And Posts

(Source: Pixabay)

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

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