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I have a weird issue with the diamond question marks for strange symbols in Wordpress. I just migrated my website and content to a new redesigned template. You can see at the bottom of this url what my issue is.

It looks like the diamond is only appearing instead of a space before a html tag. So in the bottom of the page you see the issue with an <a> tag, but it also happens with for example <strong> tags through the website.

  • My database is InnoDB with utf8_general_ci
  • Meta tag: <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html" charset="UTF-8"/>
  • Custom template
  • Advanced Custom Fields

Anyone who can help out?

  • this sign replace something that is missing or it is just add to the initial content ? if it's just add, you can try to clean the database with a tool like this : github.com/interconnectit/Search-Replace-DB – mmm Oct 8 '17 at 20:00
  • I searched for the text in the database. But there I just see the space, no weird characters or something. So I don't know where to look for with the replace library. Any suggestions? – ronnyrr Oct 8 '17 at 20:32
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A diamond question mark is browser for "I can't decode that."

I would assume what is happening is when you migrated the HTML entity for space was encoded in your database wrong or WordPress is reading it with the wrong encoding assumed.

  • Yes, I did understand that it was a missing sign or character. Like I mentioned in a comment above; I searched the database, but no weird signs or characters anywhere, just the spaces. Any suggestions on what to change the Wordpress reading to? – ronnyrr Oct 8 '17 at 20:34

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