What Are Smileys?

Smileys, also known as “emoticons,” are glyphs used to convey emotions in your writing. They are a great way to brighten up posts. smile emoticon

Text smileys are created by typing two or more punctuation marks. Some examples are:

๐Ÿ˜‰ is equivalent to smile emoticon
๐Ÿ™‚ is equivalent to smile emoticon
๐Ÿ˜ฆ is equivalent to sad emoticon
๐Ÿ˜• is equivalent to confused emoticon

To learn more about emoticons and their history, see the Wikipedia entry on Emoticons.

How Does WordPress Handle Smileys?

By default, WordPress automatically converts text smileys to graphic images. When you type ๐Ÿ˜‰ in your post you see smile emoticon when you preview or publish your post.

To Turn off Graphic Smileys

If you turn off graphic smileys, whatever you type in plain text will remain, and be displayed, as plain text.

  1. Go to your Admin Panel
  2. Select Settings -> Writing
  3. In the Formatting section, uncheck the box for “Convert emoticons likeย ๐Ÿ™‚ andย ๐Ÿ˜› to graphics on display

Turning off emoticons means that when you type ๐Ÿ˜‰ in a post you will see ๐Ÿ˜‰ when you preview or publish your post. So it doesn’t stop you from using emoticons as plain text. wink emoticon

What Text Do I Type to Make Smileys?

Smiley images and the text used to produce them*:

icon text text full text icon full text
smile ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ lol ๐Ÿ˜†
biggrin ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ redface ๐Ÿ˜ณ
sad ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ cry ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
surprised ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ evil ๐Ÿ‘ฟ
eek ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ twisted ๐Ÿ˜ˆ
confused ๐Ÿ˜• ๐Ÿ˜• ๐Ÿ˜• rolleyes ๐Ÿ™„
cool 8) ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿ˜Ž exclaim โ—
mad ๐Ÿ˜ก ๐Ÿ˜ก ๐Ÿ˜ก question โ“
razz ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› idea ๐Ÿ’ก
neutral ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ arrow โžก
wink ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ mrgreen :mrgreen

* In some instances, multiple text options are available to display the same smiley.