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Undo WordPress Default Formatting


WordPress applies default text formatting that replaces characters such as ‘-‘, ‘–‘, quotes, … to pretty HTML characters. This plugin was created to revert that back. This is especially useful for tech-oriented blogs that need the original input because they may contain commands that need to be executed.


  1. upload the directory “undo_wordpress_default_formatting” to your wp-content/plugins directory
  2. activate the plugin from your WordPress ‘Plugins’ menu


The characters get replaced to something else than my original, why is that?

WordPress changes a few characters to the same HTML entity character. I can not guess what the original character was, so I’m using a ‘best effort’ way of converting the HTML character back to the original one. Sometimes, it’ll be wrong.


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“Undo WordPress Default Formatting” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • First version of the Plugin, stable