Remove Emoji Support in WordPress 4.2+

Did anyone actually ask around before making this “feature” mandatory? Let’s get rid of this crap…

Option 1

Install Ryan Hellyer’s “Disable Emojis” plugin.

Option 2

Drop these guys into functions.php and then type a :-) instead.

Author: Greg Rickaby

Greg is Director of Engineering at WebDevStudios and author of a children's book titled, Creating a Website: Design and Build Your First Site!.

6 thoughts on “Remove Emoji Support in WordPress 4.2+”

  1. Just imagine what environmentalists would say if they found out how much electricity was being wasted by server CPU’s processing WordPress emoticons that weren’t really needed to begin with.

  2. Thanks for posting… emoji arrows were wrecking havoc on some html arrows in my slideshow carousel.

    Replacing html with images is insane.

    But what’s worse is not having an on off toggle in settings.

  3. Yeah, the source code is pretty horrible. I was a little surprised when I saw it appear in my source. Thankfully it wasn’t too hard to get rid of.

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