I have a problem with the display of certian characters on my blog.
Some instances of ' and " and - are replaced with several foreign characters, sometimes a singe character is replaced with up to five strange characters.
I think this might have been related to the upgrade to 2.7.
I understand that my database collation and character formats should be in utf8 and have checked through PHP Myadmin and noticed that under localhost are the following settings:
MySQL charset: UTF-8 Unicode (utf8)
MySQL connection collation: UTF8_unicode_ci
If I then select my database and look at the individual table formats I see that most tables are in utf8_general_ci format with the exception of one table (wp_links), which is in utf8_unicode_ci.
I spent several hours yesterday with the helpdesk of my webhost and they were unable to solve the issue. So I have to fix this myself.
I have three quesitons:
1. Does it matter if the tables are in utf8_general_ci or do they all need to be in utf8_unicode_ci?
2. If I need to change them, how do I do that?
I have gone into the 'Structure' tab and ticked all the tables and then gone to the 'Operations' tab and chosen utf8_unicode_ci under the 'Collation' section and clicked 'go' but when I go back to the 'Structure' tab there is no change.
3. I see that several plugins exist that automate the process of changing formats but none have been updated to work with WordPress 2.7.
Does anyone know of a plugin that works with WP 2.7?