Remove Special Characters From Permalinks

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Removes special characters from permalinks

Author:WPFactory (profile at
WordPress version required:4.4
WordPress version tested:6.3.1
Plugin version:1.0.8
Added to WordPress repository:13-09-2018
Last updated:26-09-2023
Rating, %:100
Rated by:3
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Total downloads:7 674
Active installs:100+
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If you are using pretty permalinks, you may have noticed WordPress sanitizes it removing accents and some special characters.

However some of these characters are not sanitized by default, meaning they can be added to some of your post URLs, like a trademark symbol(®), a copyright symbol(©) or even a UTF-8 symbol like ⛓.

Although it may not hurt you at first, it may let users confused and it can cause some problems when interacting with some third party API that is not prepared to read such characters.

This plugin Removes special characters from permalinks when the post is created or updated.

How to use it?

All you have to do is saving/updating your post and you will notice special characters will be swiped out from the permalink.

Pro Version

Enjoying the free version of this plugin?

We have a Pro version that allows removing characters from all permalinks of your site with just one click, including posts, pages and custom post types.
We also offer support if you have some sort of problem.

Update to PRO for a better plugin and helping maintaining the development of this plugin