Symbols and special characters like Æ , © and others often need to be inserted into content.

In this tutorial you are going to learn how to insert symbols and special characters into your WordPress Posts and Pages.

Watch the video below and then complete the step-by-step tutorial to learn more about inserting symbols and special characters into your Posts and Pages …

 

How To Insert Symbols Into WordPress Posts And Pages

If you need to add symbols to your content (like Æ , ©, 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.

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And select the symbol you want to use from the Select custom character pop-up window to insert it into your post or page.

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These symbols are called HTML character entities or extended characters. They are generated by typing or inserting a combination of characters on the web page that the web browser then interprets as symbols.

When you click on the Select custom character symbol in the Visual Editor, WordPress inserts the character entity code for you into your content. If you’re working in Text Editor mode, you can also insert a character entity by just typing in the code directly (or using the plugin shown in the tutorial below).

Some of the more popular HTML character entities are shown below:

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Useful Tips For Inserting Special Characters Into WordPress

Tip #1 – Use The HTML Special Characters Helper WordPress Plugin

The HTML Special Characters Helper WordPress Plugin is free, and it’s a very useful plugin if you frequently use the WordPress Text editor and need to insert special characters when publishing content in WordPress via Posts and Pages.

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You can download the plugin here, or use the “Search method” to install the plugin directly from your WordPress dashboard:

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After installing and activating the plugin, you will see a new HTML Special Characters widget displayed in your Add/Edit Post and Add/Edit Page screens …

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To display more symbols, click on the See more link at the bottom of the widget …

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The full table of HTML Special Characters is then displayed with all characters categorized into labeled sections …

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Hovering over any of the special characters in the Widget causes a hover text box to appear, showing the HTML entity encoding for the character as well as the name of the character.

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If you’re working in Text Editor mode, this plugin is useful because it allows you to insert a special character without having to switch back to Visual Editor mode.

Just click on any special character in the widget and the character encoding will be inserted into the post body text field at the current cursor location (or at the end of the post if the cursor isn’t located in the post body field) …

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

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Also note that the Visual Editor has its own special characters popup helper, which is accessible via the toolbar menu. If you only use the Visual Editor, then this plugin would be unnecessary, as it would be redundant. We recommend only installing this plugin, therefore, if you work in Text mode and want to avoid switching to the Visual Editor when inserting custom characters.

Tip #2 – Use The HTML Entities Button WordPress Plugin

The HTML Entities Button WordPress Plugin is another free plugin that you may want to look at installing if you do any work in Text mode and want to be able to insert custom characters without having to keep switching over to Visual Mode …

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You can download the plugin here, or use the “Search method” to install the plugin directly from your WordPress dashboard:

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

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The HTML Entities Button plugin buttons allows you to convert special characters to HRML entities …

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Insert HTML entities visually whilst working in the Text editor mode …

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Insert emoticons into your Posts and Pages …

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And even insert links to recent Posts …

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