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  • Hello everyone!
    I’m having some troubles with Hebrew encoding on my blog.
    It’s in Hebrew as you may understand, and right now encoded as default (WP default) with utf-8 which isn’t the recommended encoding for the language. Those which are recommended for use are windows0-1255 and ISO-8859.

    On my blog page there is the blog data and Hebrew paragraphs which do not come from the blog itself (just plain text in Hebrew I’ve added). In the UTF-8 encoding, that independent text is shown as gibrish.
    Anyway- While configuring my blog at the prefernces as any encoding other than utf-8, the whole blog is messed up. However when it’s back to utf-8 my own Hebrew text is back to it’s gibrish-self 🙁
    how do I solve this?

    I took the time to describe this with a little screenshot:

    I hope you’ll be able to help me!
    Thank you,

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  • Ryan Boren


    WordPress Dev

    You can either convert the UTF-8 encoded WP language file to ISO-8859, find a language file that is already in ISO-8859, or convert your posts to UTF-8 and make sure you have a UTF-8 encoded Hebrew font installed. Both the language file and the posts must be in the same encoding. This page has some resources that may be useful. UTF-8 is usually preferred and recommended.

    The text you marked as “gibberish Hebrew (not blog text)” is, I presume, hardcoded in your template (meaning, you typed it into the template file)? In this case, the important step is to safe the template in utf-8 encoding. Any good editor (for HTML or coding) will have this option ready.

    In principle, you could use either ISO 8859-8 or utf-8, provided that everything (the template, the blog option setting…) is in the same encoding. In practice, utf-8 is more universal. It is also the preferred format for localization files. And you are free to mix Hebrew text with any other characters in your blog if you use utf-8.

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