Keep Emoticons as Text

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Disables the default WordPress option of converting emoticons to image smilies

Author:Jaime Lerner - the Geek Goddess (profile at
WordPress version required:
WordPress version tested:5.5.3
Plugin version:1.0.0
Added to WordPress repository:24-11-2015
Last updated:17-08-2020
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
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Total downloads:5 381
Active installs:1 000+
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As of the release of 4.3, WordPress removed the “Formatting” section from the Writing settings. Included in there was the option to turn off WordPress’s default action to convert text emoticons to image smilies. This plugin does the same thing as unchecking the “convert to smilies” box that used to be available via the settings.