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  • Ok I have never dealt with this before…

    I am moving a 4 year old install of WordPress to a new server, for a new client who is rebranding. This client speaks spanish and her name has an accent in it and she put her name and a copyright symbol in 50% of the file names of the images she uploaded (1.2 GB in the uploads folder!)

    So she uploaded something like Santé-©-artwork.jpg and WordPress happily accepted it even though on the server the file looks like this: Santé-©-artwork.jpg. So I downloaded her site contents and uploaded it to the new server (did I mention there are 1.2 GB of images?? Jeez louise…), moved the database over, did a thorough SQL scrubbing to fix all the weird characters there, and even though the same image appears as Santé-©-artwork.jpg on the old server and the new server, and even though I look at the media file details and both old and new server and they both say:

    File URL:é-©-artwork-1.jpg (actually one says and one says
    File name: Santé-©-artwork-1.jpg

    The image appears in the post in the old site but not in the new site. And this problem is in hundreds of posts. I don’t know what to do!

    There are 1000s of images so reuploading them and reattaching them to their posts is not an option.

    Anybody have experience with this?

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  • This may be a server issue.
    Not sure this may be a charset problem

    Contact your host provider regarding this and ask for a support


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