How to Disable Emojis in WordPress 4.2

How to Disable Emojis in WordPress 4.2
Freda Moody

Removing emojis served by WordPress is a sound decision performance wise. However, if you want to get rid of all emojis due to design inconsistencies, using the plugin discussed or extending your functions-file is just part of the equation. People will still be able to use Emoji characters. Whether these are displayed properly depends on native support. The only solution is to use a regular expression matching the Unicode emoji list and then replace them with your own for a unified look (isn’t WordPress trying to do that?) or remove them from the string altogether. Emojis have changed the way we communicate, love them ❤️ or hate them

How to Disable Emojis in WordPress
Sparkle Field

There are a lot of web performance optimizations and tweaks you can do to make your WordPress site load faster.  One easy optimization is to disable emojis from loading. Emojis are little icons used to express ideas or emotions. While these icons are fun and all, are they really necessary for your WordPress site? Especially if you are a business, these are simply adding additional load time which is unnecessary.

How to Disable Emojis in WordPress
Maisie Pickett

As many of you know I am pretty OCD when it comes to speed. I work for a content delivery network (KeyCDN) and so when I’m not optimizing websites I am blogging about optimizing websites. With the release of WordPress 4.2 came updates for additional emoji support. That is all fine and dandy, but unfortunately what this means is that they are now including an additional javascript file wp-emoji-release.min.js?ver=4.3.1 in your header. If you aren’t using emojis, this creates an extra HTTP request, which in turn slows down your WordPress site.

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