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  • is there a plugin that will prevent wordpress from chanigng ‘ and ” to html & # 8 2 1 7 ; (without spaces) and such? For the purpose of SEO it’s a real pain to have great content but confusion between ‘ and & # 8 2 1 7 ;

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  • TextControl may be want you’re looking for:

    Once you have it installed on your blog, set it to ‘no character encoding’ (it’s wptexturize that’s doing the conversion to character entities).

    Will this also take care of the    and the special characters that appear when you enter quotes or other pontuation marks?

    That sounds like a character encoding issue, but we can only guess because you have not provided a link to your site.

    The text control worked perfectly (so far) thank you.

    Here is a link to my site.

    You can see the    and also I get “ when i put in double quotes.

    For some strange reason you don’t have the character encoding defined in your header… Did you remove it or was the theme designed that badly?

    On the single post view like this:
    the encoding seems to be utf-8 (that’s what the browser says), while on the main page you just linked above
    the encoding is iso-8859-1 (western).

    This kind of mismatch is always a sure recipe for wierd characters…

    Are you running version 2.0.3 by any chance?

    I am running version 2.0.2

    I did not remove any the encoding from the header. I am using the tiga theme which I dounloaded from the theme gallery.

    In any case, how do I add the utf-8 encoding to the main page?

    Add this to the header.php of the theme:
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=<?php bloginfo('charset'); ?>" />
    e.g. just under the <title> tag would be fine.
    Then make sure in the admin > Options > Reading the proper encoding is selected.

    OK, I will try that.

    Reading encoding is set to UTF-8



    I tried adding the call where you suggested, but no luck.

    I see what you mean, when I change the encoding on the browser to UTF-8 it looks fine.

    Is there another way to set the encoding?

    Are you sure you are not seeing a cached version? Did you try Ctrl+F5?
    I am seeing your main page without the strange characters and the site is “sending” out the right information about the encoding – utf-8. I don’t have to change anything in my browser’s settings. The browser can detect the encoding.

    Sorry, disregard the last message, I added the statement inside of the <Title> section.

    I moved it to a “good” place and I seems to be working fine.

    Thanks a lot.


    This is the exact problem I’m having with a new theme I’m working on. I tried the above and it didn’t work…


    What is the “exact problem”, which theme and where (=link)?

    “Didn’t work” means nothing.
    Be specific if you want sepcific help.
    Otherwise you will just be told how to post 🙂

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