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  • I restored an ancient version of wordpress 1.52 backup via MySQL database to WP 3.0 and now these strange characters are throughout my blog in place of the apostrophe’s ’ and in place of double quotes I get these
    “ and ”

    Following one thread’s advice, I’ve tried changing charset from the default UTF-8 to ISO-8859-1 in reading-encoding for pages and feeds but this doesn’t work, just gets new weird characters

    Following another one’s advice, I’ve tried modifying the config.php to

    Commenting these out like this:
    //define(‘DB_CHARSET’, ‘utf8’);
    //define(‘DB_COLLATE’, ”);

    and neither works.

    Any ideas?

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  • any suggestions? wild guesses?

    If the issue is seen in blog/post titles, the best way to fix this is to do what WordPress itself does.

    Use the following code to get the blog title, instead of using just get_option(‘blogname’) or get_bloginfo(‘name’):

    wp_specialchars_decode(get_option(‘blogname’), ENT_QUOTES);

    This will ensure that the apostrophe special characters are reconverted back to the apostrophe before being displayed.


    Vijay Padiyar

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