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 Special Symbols And Characters Into WP Pages And Posts

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

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to add custom characters and symbols to your content.

Info

If you need help using the WordPress Content editor go here:

Inserting Special Symbols And Characters Into Your WordPress Posts & 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 Special Character button …

WordPress Editor - Special Character button

(Insert Character button – WP Content Editor)

Select a character inside the Special character pop-up window 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 created by typing or adding character combinations in the page that browsers then interpret as special symbols.

Here are some commonly-used HTML character entities:

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 information about custom 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:

Smilies

(Smileys)

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 smiley ;))

How to create smilies

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

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

Inserting Symbols And Characters Into Content In WordPress – Useful Plugins

HTML Special Characters Helper

This plugin is free that can be very useful  if you frequently use the WordPress Text editor and need to add special characters and symbols to your posts and pages …

HTML Special Characters Helper WordPress plugin

(HTML Special Characters Helper WordPress plugin)

You can download the plugin from the WordPress plugin directory, or search for the plugin by name (i.e. “HTML Special Characters Helper”) to install it directly from your Plugin admin area …

Installing HTML Special Characters Helper - plugin for WordPress

(Adding HTML Special Characters Helper)

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

HTML Special Characters tool

(HTML Special Characters Helper tool)

To access more characters, click on the See more link …

HTML Special Characters - See more link

(HTML Special Characters – See more link)

The full table of symbols is displayed with characters categorized into different sections …

HTML Special Characters - Full list

(HTML Special Characters – Full list)

Hover over a character to reveal the HTML code for the special character as well as its name …

Hover over any character to see codes

(Hover over an item to display HTML entity encoding)

If you’re using the Text editor, this plugin can be very useful because it allows you to insert a special character without having to keep switching back to Visual Editor mode. Just click on any special character in the list and the encoded character will be inserted into your text at the current cursor location  …

Character encoding inserted into post in Text mode

(Character encoding inserted into post in Text mode)

Note that when used in the visual editor tab the special character itself is added to the post body …

Character inserted into post in Visual mode

(Character added to post in Visual editor)

Also, note that the Visual Editor has its own special characters tool, which is accessible via the menu. If you only use the Visual Editor, then this plugin is redundant. 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 do any work in Text mode and would like to be able to add custom symbols without switching over to Visual editor tab …

HTML Entities Button - plugin

(HTML Entities Button)

You can download the plugin from the WordPress plugin repository, or search for the plugin by name to install the plugin directly from within your WordPress dashboard …

Installing HTML Entities Button

(Installing HTML Entities Button plugin for WordPress)

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you will see new buttons displayed in your Text editor menu …

HTML Entities Button Menu Functionality - Text Editor

(HTML Entities Button Toolbar Functionality)

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

Convert special characters to HTML entities

(Convert special characters to HTML entities feature)

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

Convert HTML entities to special characters

(Convert HTML entities to special characters)

Add HTML entities while you work in Text editor mode …

Add HTML entities feature

(Insert HTML entities)

Insert emoticons into your text …

Insert Emoticons

(Insert Emoticons)

Add WP Emojis …

Add An Emoji

(Add An Emoji button)

This plugin includes lets you select images from an extensive range …

Emoticons

(Emoticons)

Tip

Note: If you need more emoticons, you could install a plugin like WP Emoji One.  This plugin lets you insert 1,000+ emoticons into your content …

WP Emoji One plugin

(WP Emoji One)

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

Insert links to recent posts functionality

(Insert links to recent posts item)

To learn how to add internal links to your content using the default link, see this tutorial:

Keep Emoticons As Text

Keep Emoticons As Text - plugin for WordPress

(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 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 deselecting the “convert to smilies” option that used to be available via the settings.

Useful Resources:

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

Adding Custom Characters To WordPress Pages And Posts

(Source: Pixabay)

Congratulations! Now you know how to insert custom characters and symbols into your WordPress posts.

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