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How To Insert Special Characters Into WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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

For more information about using the WordPress Content editor go here:

How To Add Custom Characters To WP Pages & Posts

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 …

(WordPress Editor – Special Character button)

Click on a symbol inside the Special character popup window to add it to your post or page …

(Special characters)

These symbols are called HTML character entities or extended characters. They are generated by typing or adding a combination of characters in the web page that browsers then interpret as special symbols.

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

Notes:

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 smileys are created by typing two or more punctuation marks. For example:

(Smileys)

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 smiley ;))

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

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

Plugins For Inserting Symbols And Characters Into WordPress

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 would like to add special characters and symbols to your content …

(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 inside the WP dashboard …

(Add HTML Special Characters Helper – plugin for WordPress)

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

(HTML Special Characters)

To see more symbols, click on the See more link …

(HTML Special Characters – See more link)

The entire table of HTML Special Characters is displayed with characters organized into different sections …

(HTML Special Characters – Complete list of characters)

Hover over any of the symbols to bring up the HTML entity encoding for the character and its name …

(Hover your mouse over an item to bring up HTML codes)

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

(Character encoding added to post in Text editor)

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

(Character inserted into post in Visual mode)

Also, note that the Visual Editor has its own special characters tool, 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

This is another free plugin that you may want to consider installing on your website or blog if you do any work in Text mode and would like the ability to add custom characters without having to keep switching over to Visual mode …

(HTML Entities Button)

You can download the plugin here, or search for the plugin by name (i.e. “HTML Entities Button”) to install the plugin directly from within your Plugin admin area …

(Install HTML Entities Button – plugin for WordPress)

After installing the plugin, you will see new buttons added to the Text editor toolbar menu in your Add/Edit Post and Add/Edit Page screens …

(HTML Entities Button Functionality)

This plugin lets you convert special characters to HTML entities …

(Convert special characters to HTML entities)

Or vice-versa …

(Convert HTML entities to special characters feature)

Add HTML entities while working in Text editor mode …

(HTML entities)

Add emoticons to your page content …

(Insert Emoticons feature)

You can also add WP Emojis …

(Insert An Emoji)

This useful plugin includes a great choice of icons …

(Emoticons)

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

(WP Emoji One plugin)

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

(Insert recent posts link)

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

Keep Emoticons As Text

(Keep Emoticons As Text)

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

Special Characters – Additional Information:

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

(Source: Pixabay)

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

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