June 29, 2010

Fix Wordpress Quotes By Displaying Straight Quotation Marks

By default, Wordpress will convert your straight quotation marks into curvy quotation marks (Smart Quotes or left/right quotes). This function makes the quote marks much prettier than straight quotes, but they have a fundamental problem. When someone tries to cite your blog post or if you are posting a code snippet, the curvy quotes will cause errors and not display correctly as they are pasted into the new system, social media site or CMS/blog.

Unfortunately, we recently faced this problem, as users of this website (Webintel) could not replicate the code snippets that we were sharing. (Sorry about that!) So once we realized this, we had to find a fix...and quick!

We discovered this solution from Noob Cube's Jarod Taylor (www.noobcube.com/.../).

To remove the curvy (smart quotes) from your Wordpress post content, paste the following PHP snippet at the end of your functions.php page in your theme folder. Please note: we tested this on a few themes and noticed that this can cause errors with certain functions.php files that have been modified. Simply make a backup of your original file prior to trying this out.

Please the code at the end of your functions.php page:

remove_filter('the_content', 'wptexturize');

You can also remove the curvy quotations from titles by adding this code:

remove_filter('the_title', 'wptexturize');