How To Insert Special Characters Into WordPress Posts And Pages

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

Inserting Custom Characters Into WordPress Posts & Pages

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

This tutorial explains how to add special characters and symbols to your posts.

Useful Info

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

Inserting Special Characters And Symbols Into 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 Character button …

Insert Character button - WordPress Editor

(WP Editor – Insert Custom Character button)

Select an item inside the Special character table to insert it into 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 character combinations inside your website page that web browsers then interpret as 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 references additional resources about special 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:

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 smilie ;))

How to create smileys

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

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

Plugins For Adding Symbols And Characters To WordPress

HTML Special Characters Helper

HTML Special Characters Helper is a free WordPress plugin that can be very useful  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

(HTML Special Characters Helper)

You can download the plugin here, or search for the plugin by name (i.e. “HTML Special Characters Helper”) to install the plugin directly from your WP dashboard …

Add HTML Special Characters Helper

(Add HTML Special Characters Helper – plugin for WordPress)

After the plugin has been installed and activated, an 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 section)

To view more characters, click on the See more link at the bottom of the tool …

HTML Special Characters - See more link

(HTML Special Characters – See more link)

The entire table of special characters is displayed with characters organized into different sections …

HTML Special Characters - Entire list

(HTML Special Characters – Full list of characters)

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

Hover your mouse over a character to display HTML entity encoding

(Hover over an item to bring up HTML entity encoding)

If you’re working in Text editor mode, this plugin is useful because it allows you to add a special character without having to switch back to Visual Editor mode. Just click on any character inside the table and the encoded character will be inserted into your text  …

Character encoding added to post in Text editor

(Character encoding inserted into post in Text mode)

Note that if you are working in the visual editor mode the character itself is added to your post body …

Character added to post in Visual editor

(Character inserted into post in Visual mode)

Also, note that the Visual Editor has its own special characters popup helper, which is accessible via the editor menu. We recommend installing this plugin only if you work in Text mode and want to avoid switching to the Visual Editor in order to add special characters.

HTML Entities Button

This is another free plugin that you may want to look at installing on your website if you work in Text mode and want the ability to add special symbols without switching to the Visual editor …

HTML Entities Button plugin for WordPress

(HTML Entities Button – plugin for WordPress)

You can download the plugin here, or search for “HTML Entities Button” to install the plugin directly from your dashboard …

Installing HTML Entities Button

(Adding HTML Entities Button)

After installing the plugin, you will see that new buttons will show in the Text editor menu …

HTML Entities Button Toolbar Functionality

(HTML Entities Button Toolbar Functionality – Text Mode)

This plugin lets you convert special characters to HTML entities …

Convert special characters to HTML entities functionality

(Convert special characters to HTML entities)

Or vice-versa (i.e. convert HTML entities to special characters) …

Convert HTML entities to special characters functionality

(Convert HTML entities to special characters feature)

Add HTML entities while you work in the Text editor …

HTML entities

(Insert HTML entities feature)

Insert emoticons into your text …

Insert Emoticons button

(Emoticons)

You can also add WP Emojis …

Emoji

(EP Emojis)

This plugin includes lets you choose emoticons from an extensive selection …

Emoticon Library

(Emoticon Library)

Tip

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

WP Emoji One - plugin for WordPress

(WP Emoji One)

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

Insert links to recent posts functionality

(Insert links to recent posts feature)

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

Keep Emoticons As Text

Keep Emoticons As Text - plugin for WordPress

(Keep Emoticons As Text 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 used to be available via the settings.

Additional Information:

Click on the links below for additional resources and information about characters and symbols:

Inserting Special Characters Into WordPress Pages And Posts

(Source: Pixabay)

Congratulations! Now you know how to insert HTML characters and symbols into your pages and posts.

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