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Problems with character encoding and the MySQL Database

  • A month or so ago I moved webhosts and I just noticed that it probably changed the encoding of the database, from utf-8 to some latin1 thing.

    Even tho this is not too bad, before I could use things like

    — ' •

    Directly, but now posts and things like that that have those special characters appear with ?, so I manually have to put the HTML code for those special characters.

    As I’m speaking my brother is trying to help me with that, but I’m not sure and wanted to ask: is it safe to change the character encoding of the whole database? How can it be done? Would I get into trouble if I do so?

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