Ever wondered how popular it is for sites to add trademark ™, copyright ©, registered®, or currency characters to their articles? For new wordpress users, this is very rarely known, and to add special characters or special characters when writing articles is not on the keyboard. In this article, I will show you how to add special characters in WordPress posts.
Adding Special Characters Using the WordPress Visual Editor
WordPress comes with a built-in WYSIWYG visual editor for writing posts and pages. This is a great tool for beginners to write their articles without coding HTML or CSS. This WYSIWYG wordpress editor also has a button that allows you to add special characters anywhere in your WordPress posts or pages.
First you need to click on the kitchen sink button. This will expand the second line of format options where you will see the Special Characters button.
Clicking on the special character button will bring up a pop-up window showing some of the commonly used special characters. It has currency symbols, trademarks, copyright, registered, mathematical symbols and others.
Now you need to click on the symbol or character you want to use, and it will be added in your post.
Adding Special Characters Using Unicode HTML Entities
Unlike the Visual Editor, the text editor in WordPress does not have special key characters. This means you have to write HTML entity code to add special characters.
Each character has its own HTML entity number. For example, 1 has HTML entity number 1 Same applies to almost every character in almost all languages. However, remembering HTML entity numbers is not an easy task.
To solve this problem, the most commonly used special characters have HTML entity names. These names are easy to remember due to their similarity to the real word used for these characters. For example, the copyright sign has the HTML copy entity name, the trademark uses trade, and the registered symbol uses reg as the HTML entity name.
To add these signs you need to add them with an ampersand & and end with a semicolon. Check out the examples below:
& copy; = ©
& trade; = ™
& reg; = ®
€ = €
To find out the HTML entity for each character or symbol, you can refer to chart reference entity character on the W3.org website.
I hope this article helped you add special characters in WordPress posts.