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  • Hi. I just upgraded from 2.3 to 2.6. All my old posts has stray characters inserted in them, for example there is  after many of the periods, and things like this:

    video games are an “interactive text” which the user

    How to fix?



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  • Well…I did some investigating, and surmising that this was a character encoding issue, I commented out the line in wp-config.php that says

    define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8');

    That fixed the problem. I don’t know if it is a long term fix though because they editor might be storing the posts in UTF-8, and leaving the charset unspecified could cause problems. Does anyone know how to convert the existing posts in the DB to UTF-8?


    I had the exact same issue after upgrading from 2.1.X to 2.6 tonight and found this post. You were correct – commenting out that define statement seems to remove the stray characters in the posts.

    Kind of strange. Unfortunately I don’t have time to troubleshoot as to why this was happening because this was a blog that a customer was paying me to manage – not the blog their domain/website, the blog just happens to reside on the site.

    I hope the good people at WordPress take note that this is definitely happening and not to just 1 person.

    I have done some posts since commenting out that line and there are no ill effects. Kind of makes me wonder why it was put in there to begin with.

    I wasn’t able to delete this line: define(‘DB_CHARSET’, ‘utf8’); without affecting my new posts after the upgrade. I have also converted my database from latin1 to utf8 in the meantime, but it didn’t help the old posts.

    I finally downloaded the Search and Replace plugin

    Once activated, I was able to “replace” odd characters like  and †by leaving the “with” box blank in the case of double spaces after a full stop (I learned how to type old school and can’t break the habit) or by inserting the correct symbol (ie. & % or whatever character was being replaced by the weird characters) and clicking the “go” button.

    Worked like a charm.

    This chart helped find some of those codes

    Awesome! Thanks for all of the great info and links.

    I still have one problem The special character “” is not being replaced. I have tried using the WordPress search and replace plug-in as well as hand coding it into MySQL. I can do all the other symbols except that one. Any ideas?


    Ashton – take a look at my blog, I believe I may have found a permanent solution to this, if your setup is like mine.

    Let me know if you have any questions… I know what a pain this special character has been for all of us!!


    You are a legend.

    I’ve been trying to work this out for about 3 or 4 hours and with your simple fix it’s now sorted.

    infinisource, your way’s a bit to difficult for relative newbies like me, but what do i know!

    Thanks guys. You’re the best

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