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 To WordPress Posts & Pages

When creating content, you may need to add custom symbols and characters to your posts.

This tutorial will show you how to insert special characters and symbols into your pages and posts.

Useful Info

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

Inserting Custom Characters And Symbols Into WordPress Posts And Pages

If you need 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 Special Character button …

Insert Custom Character button - WordPress Editor

(WP Content Editor – Insert Character button)

Click on a symbol inside the Special character chart to add it to your text …

Special character popup window

(Special characters)

These symbols are called HTML character entities or extended characters. They are created by typing or adding a combination of characters inside your web page that browsers then convert into special symbols.

Some examples of commonly-used HTML characters are shown below:

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 tutorial for links to useful resources additional information 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 smileys are created by typing two or more punctuation marks. For example:

Smileys

(Smilies)

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 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 smilie ;))

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 Posts And Pages – Useful Plugins

HTML Special Characters Helper

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

HTML Special Characters Helper

(HTML Special Characters Helper – plugin for WordPress)

You can download the plugin from the WordPress plugin directory, or search for “HTML Special Characters Helper” to install it directly from your WP dashboard …

Installing HTML Special Characters Helper

(Adding HTML Special Characters Helper plugin for WordPress)

After the plugin has been installed and activated, a new HTML Special Characters tool will be added to your Add/Edit Post and Add/Edit Page screen columns …

HTML Special Characters widget

(HTML Special Characters)

To access 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 table of characters is displayed with characters organized into labeled sections …

HTML Special Characters - Complete list

(HTML Special Characters – Complete list of characters)

Hovering over an item brings up the HTML code for the character and its name …

Hover over an item to view codes

(Hover your mouse over any symbol to bring up codes)

If you are working inside the Text editor, this plugin is handy because it allows you to add special characters without having to keep switching back to Visual Editor mode. Just click on any symbol or character from the widget and the character encoding will be inserted into your post text at the current cursor location  …

Character encoding added to post in Text editor

(Character encoding inserted into post in Text mode)

If you are working in the visual editor tab the character itself is added to your post body …

Character inserted into post in Visual mode

(Character inserted into post in Visual editor)

Also, note that the Visual Content editor has its own special characters popup helper, which is accessible via the editor 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 consider installing if you work in Text mode and would like to be able to add custom characters without switching to Visual editor tab …

HTML Entities Button - plugin

(HTML Entities Button)

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

Add HTML Entities Button - plugin

(Installing HTML Entities Button)

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

HTML Entities Button Menu Items - Text Mode

(HTML Entities Button Functionality – Text Editor)

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

Convert special characters to HTML entities functionality

(Convert special characters to HTML entities functionality)

Or vice-versa …

Convert HTML entities to special characters

(Convert HTML entities to special characters feature)

Add HTML entities while you work in Text editor mode …

HTML entities

(Add HTML entities button)

Add emoticons to your page content …

Add Emoticons

(Emoticons)

You can also add WP Emojis …

Insert A WP Emoji item

(Insert WP Emojis functionality)

This useful plugin includes an extensive emoji library …

Emoticon Library

(Emoticons)

Tip

If you need more emoticons, look at installing a plugin like WP Emoji One.  WP Emoji One lets you insert more than 1,100 emoticons into your posts and pages …

WP Emoji One

(WP Emoji One)

Another thing you can use the HTML Entities Button plugin for is to add links to your most recent posts …

Insert links to recent posts button

(Insert recent posts link)

To learn how to add internal links to your content using the default internal linking, go here:

Keep Emoticons As Text

Keep Emoticons As Text - plugin for WordPress

(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 in those settings.

Special Characters – Additional Information:

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

Inserting Special Symbols And Characters Into Your WordPress Posts And Pages

(Source: Pixabay)

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

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