Disable WordPress Smilies in Posts and Comments

I hate those small evil graphics

If you want to put an end to those annoying smilies that replace your text in posts & comments, follow the next instructions.

First, what are smilies?

Smileys, also known as “emoticons”, are little faces that help you display various emotions. Text smileys are created by typing two or more punctuation marks like :) and :-(

Here is the full list of smilies in WordPress

icon text text full text icon full text
smile :) :-) :smile: lol :lol:
biggrin :D :-D :grin: redface :oops:
sad :( :-( :sad: cry :cry:
surprised :o :-o :eek: evil :evil:
eek 8O 8-O :shock: twisted :twisted:
confused :? :-? :???: rolleyes :roll:
cool 8) 8-) :cool: exclaim :!:
mad :x :-x :mad: question :?:
razz :P :-P :razz: idea :idea:
neutral :| :-| :neutral: arrow :arrow:
wink ;) ;-) :wink: mrgreen :mrgreen:

How do I get rid of them?

It’s actually pretty easy. All you got to do is go to your admin panel -> Settings -> Writing where you will see the following checkbox:
Convert emoticons like :-) and :-P to graphics on display
Uncheck the check box that says “Convert emoticons like :-) and :-P to graphics on display” just like in the image above and click “Save Changes”.

How to replace them

If you want to keep the smilies but you don’t like the current set of smilies you can change them.
Open your FTP program (I use FlashFXP) and upload (overwrite) your custom smilies to /wp-includes/images/smilies.

Looking for more information? Check out the WordPress codex page on smilies.
What about you, do you like them? I just prefer the plain text, it makes it easier to understand. :P

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Oren Yomtov

Hi, I’m Oren. I’m a technologist and entrepreneur.

I started coding at a young age, served in IDF's Technological Unit, worked in Silicon Valley, and co-founded a VC-funded startup acting as CTO.

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Hi, I’m Oren. I’m a technologist and entrepreneur.

I started coding at a young age, served in IDF's Technological Unit, worked in Silicon Valley, and co-founded a VC-funded startup acting as CTO.

Interested in consulting? Reach out using the contact page.

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