WordPress (4.2) supports Han characters from the Japanese, Chinese and Korean languages – making it easier for the international community to use WordPress in their native language.
A spin off from this update to the core files sees WordPress also offering support for a range of other character sets. This includes hieroglyphics, musical and mathematical notation and also Emojis.
Emoji is a Japanese term meaning ‘picture letter’. Every Emoji is made up of a just a single character and there are a wide range of them available to use.
What Emojis are not
Emojis are not smileys (emoticons), which are created from typing in two or three punctuation marks. For example colon : followed by a closing bracket ). Put these together and WordPress (by default; turn off in Settings > Writing, Formatting) will automatically convert to 🙂
How do I use Emojis?
You can easily add Emojis to your posts, pages and comments, in fact in most cases where ever you can write text.
Using a mobile device is pretty intuitive, Emojis can be found in the on-screen keyboard. Look out for the smiley face icon (or globe for early iOS versions).
On a desktop try the cheat sheet – 😊 🎁 👌. Copy the icons on the left and paste into WordPress.
Mac users can type Command+Control+Space while in a text editor. This will open a character input panel from which you can then click the Emoji you want to insert.
Windows 8+ users can use the touch keyboard, which includes emoji support. Open by clicking on the keyboard symbol on the taskbar. If this isn’t available, right-click on the taskbar and select Toolbars > Touch Keyboard. Click the smiley face.