Font Emoticons


Replaces WordPress’ smileys (based on images) with font-based emoticons (see screenshots). Font-based emoticons have some advantages:

  • They have the same size as the surrounding text. No more distorting the heights of lines containing smileys/emoticons. They always fit the font size.
  • They have the same color as the surrounding text.

The following emoticons are supported:

  • :) :-) (-: (: :smile:
  • :( :-( :sad:
  • ;) ;-) :wink:
  • :P :-P :razz:
  • -.- -_- :sleep:
  • >:) >:-) :devil: :twisted:
  • :o :-o :eek:
  • 8O 8o 8-O 8-o :shock: (No special icon for “shock” yet. Using “eek” instead.)
  • :coffee:
  • 8) 8-) B) B-) :cool:
  • :/ :-/
  • :beer:
  • :D :-D :grin:
  • x( x-( X( X-( :angry:
  • :x :-x :mad: (No special icon from “mad” yet. Using “angry” instead.)
  • O:) 0:) o:) O:-) 0:-) o:-) :saint:
  • :'( :'-( :cry:
  • :shoot:
  • |) :squint:
  • ^^ ^_^ :lol:

The following general purpose icons are supported:

  • :thumbs: :thumbsup:
  • :thumbsdown:
  • <3 :heart:
  • :star:
  • (/) (ok sign)
  • (x) (cancel)
  • (i)
  • (?)
  • (+)
  • (-)


  • Emoticons/Icons must be surrounded with spaces (or other white space characters); e.g. the emoticon in that:)smile won’t be replaced.
  • Emoticons/Icons won’t be replaced in HTML tags nor inside of <pre> or <code> blocks.

Use In Themes/Plugins

Font Emoticons are supported in most places where user defined text is displayed. However, there may be places in a
plugin or theme that are not supported by Font Emoticons.

In these cases, just apply the filter wp_font_emots_replace to the text that should display Font Emoticons.

For example, you would change the following PHP code:

<?php echo get_the_author_meta( 'description' ); ?>

to this code:

<?php echo apply_filters('wp_font_emots_replace', get_the_author_meta( 'description' )); ?>

That’s it.

Font Licenses

The emoticons used in this plugin are based on the fonts “Fontelico” and “Font Awesome”.


Copyright (C) 2012 by Fontello project

Author: Crowdsourced, for Fontello project
License: SIL (

Font Awesome

Copyright (C) 2012 by Dave Gandy

Author: Dave Gandy
License: SIL (


  • Available emoticons.
  • Emoticon comparison.




great plugin, easy to set up (actually its just the installation) and works without any conflict. Thanks, great job!

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  • Feature: Added general purpose filter called wp_font_emots_replace. This filter can be used to replace emoticons in places not supported by this plugin.


  • Feature: Implemented rudimentary bbpress support. I don’t use bbpress, so some parts may still no display emoticons correctly. (issue #10)
  • Feature: Emoticons are now also replace in the text sidebar widget.
  • Fix: emoticons.css no longer gets an unnecessary ?v= parameter attached (WordPress does this automatically on its own); also made the style’s name more unique so that it’s less likely to conflict with other plugins.
  • Fix: Replaced usage of internal constant WP_PLUGIN_URL with plugins_url()


  • Fix: Self closing span (<span/>) seems to be invalid in some cases. Replaced it with regular <span></span> (issue #8)


  • Feature: New emoticon “squint”: |) or :squint:
  • Feature: Added some general purpose icons like <3 (heart) or :thumbsdown: (:thumbsup: got changed to icon from emoticon)
  • Change: PHP 5.3 is now required
  • Change: “devil” and “eek” got more text representations; “smile” now also supports the Australian version (-:
  • Change: Made font and css classes more unique so that they don’t interfer with other icon fonts (issue #7)
  • Fix: Multiple consecutive emoticons are now parsed correctly (issue #5); emoticons surrounded by HTML tags (like <li>:)</li>) are now parsed correctly.
  • Fix: Wider emoticons now flow correctly with surrounding text (no longer overlap it) (issue #4)


  • Emoticons are now supported in comments and excerpts. (issue #1)


  • Emoticons are no longer replaced in URLs. Instead they now require surrounding white space.
  • Emoticons at the beginning and the end of posts are recognized now.


  • First release.

Contributors & Developers

This is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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