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utf8 unicode or general?

  • 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?

    Thanks.

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  • Ok, getting more frustrated and I am thinking of taking a different tact.

    The amount of probems caused by the upgrade to WordPress 2.7 is incredible. So I am considering other options, one of which is to go back to the previous version of WordPress. But I would like some advice from people who are more knowlegable than me before I risk making matters worse. My question is this:

    Will my posts created in WordPress 2.7 still work in a previous version of WordPress. I don’t see any reason why they won’t but need to be sure.

    Are there any possible problems that might occur by reverting back to the previous version of WordPress?

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