Smile: Our New Emoticons Have Arrived!

We just gave our emoticons a loving redesign. Check them out: they’re sure to bring a smile to your face.

Fan of smileys? :) We are. That’s why we just redesigned them to be cleaner, simpler, bigger, more expressive, and modern.

;) :D

These new smileys are actually vector graphics, so they’ll stay crisp if you zoom in on your page. They’ll also stay sharp on high-resolution mobile displays.

8-) :star:

To find out how to use an emoticon appearing in this post, just hover over it and you’ll see which characters produce it. We’re working on expanding our collection, so stay tuned for more smiley fun.

XD >:D :( :'( :| :/ :o :P >:( O_o ^^’ <3

If you’re not a fan of smileys, that’s okay! You can always turn them off and on in your dasbhoard under Settings  Writing. We hope you’ll have fun with these. Smile!

Bonus: We also created a few secret emoticons for you to discover. Good luck finding them! ;)


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  1. Atlas Educational


  2. juppcamper

    Finally! But they kinda remind me of those from G+. ;)

  3. Mel Choyce

    Reblogged this on Stuff I find on the internet and commented:

    New smilies on!

  4. NotAPunkRocker

    I am irrationally excited about these… :-)

  5. Shaun Andrews

    I love ‘em, almost as much as I love burritos! :burrito:

  6. staircaseinthedark

    Yay, I love smileys! It’s always fun to see new ones :D

  7. Michael Arestad

    :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:

  8. Milo

    <3 it!

  9. Blog Woman!!!

    Yay! This makes me smile!

  10. laurelanthenat

    There is no way I’m going to “discover” these. Your going to have to tell me. It would be nice if this how to make them page was somehow on my dashboard when I’m posting. Have pity on the old and uncool.

  11. alix43blog

    Pretty cool! I’ve been bored with all of the other smileys but these might actually not be boring!!!

  12. Fellmonsterchen

    I miss the aggressive “evil” devil smiley. Now there is a grinning smiley with this code. :evil:

  13. katharinetrauger


  14. Donna

    <3 Great to have these – now I have a reference guide for all the characters :D

  15. bumblepuppies

    Wonderful. Another blogger and I were just discussing how much we’d like some additional emoticons a couple of days ago. Very nice work.

  16. the blogging disciple

    What a nice surprise! Thank you!! :) <3 :) <3 :)

  17. BrainRants

    Burrito?!? :burrito:

  18. thguitarist

    Sweet, now everything can be a little more awesome ;)

  19. 1illustriouswriter

    :burrito: ! Can’t wait to figure out some more (feel free to share any you figure out)!

  20. Janneke Van Dorpe

    I always hated using the old ones… These are cute!

    Spoiler alert! :)

  21. Abi. S

    I love using emoticons. You smile they smile. That is so awesome. Smile your heart out and show what you are feeling. Even if it something sad or even of course the best one happy! :p

  22. fridaspeach

    Skip the game and show me the secret ones! Please! ^^’

  23. SmallHouseBigGarden

    you have NO IDEA how much this EXCITES me!!!!! :) :)

  24. Poor Little Rich White Mexican

    >:D Oh! My poor readers are going to get inundated with these for a season…

  25. Tammy Hopkinson

    Reblogged this on Tammy Hopkinson MBA and commented:
    Awesome addition to our posts….Thanks!

  26. Matt (Thomas) Miklic

    Beautiful! Have a drink on me! >-I

  27. Alk3r

    Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice ;-)

  28. Karis

    Cool, bro!

  29. Juliette Kings

    ;) Thanks!

  30. Charlotte Ortega

    I like them!!!

  31. Russian Universe

    I’ve already noticed that. Just saying… ;-)

  32. Ian Stewart

    Joen, you are so 8-)

  33. wwwander

    Awesome!!! I <3 smileys!! :-D :-D :-D

  34. cweenmj

    I miss the animation and the crisp look. :roll: does not look like an eyeroll and :shock: does not look shocked and :oops: is just plain red, it doesn’t blush; :evil: and :twisted: look alike and have no personality. In short, I much prefer the old ones. Can I get them back?

    • Joen A.

      We will be polishing and fixing issues, as well as add more smileys. You raise some good points here, which we will be taking a look at. Thanks for the feedback.

  35. Traci B

    So glad the look of the emoticons made it into the 21st century finally! <3

  36. sixdegreesphotography

    what fun <3

  37. hf556

    Awesome!! The old ones were kind of getting a bit boring, THANK YOU WORDPRESS! Have re-blogged this onto my site :D

  38. kcg1974

    I’ll give you a, “Like,” but, alas, another thing for me to learn………..

  39. J. Christopher Dunn

    Beary nice! :bear:

  40. Matt Wiebe

    I like your style, dude. |_|

  41. wildlifewatcher

    Thanks WordPress! This is by far, a happy thing! I sure like emoticons. So glad you posted this news about the Smiley Faces and the rest of the emoticons. I am happy to be a WordPress blog author!

  42. King Billy

    Fun! Nice job & thx!

  43. Nicky

    :martini: Cheers! :heart: them! :D

  44. eremophila

    Thanks but no thanks. Much prefer the old ones, and as another commented, these are like Gmail ones – which I dislike.

  45. Gary Lum

    I love WordPress emoticons. Thank you so much :-)

  46. isalisil

    nice (y)

  47. peg4x4

    Men!! Hafta change things just to change it. STOP IT!! It ain’t broke,stop fixin’it.
    Give me my old stuff back. I’m 70.5 years old. This is too much to deal with.

  48. debtdebs

    Oh please tell me you have a :beer:


    Thanks & I Love the heart ♥

  50. thehomeschoolmomblog

    Awesome! I won’t remember half of the shortcuts, but cool!

  51. blumenelfe

    Oh I’m in love with the new emoticons <3

  52. Luna Cooler

    Nice and sleek. I agree with @juppcamper, they do remind me of Google+ emoticons, especially the Google+ Hangouts.

  53. Jeff Branch

    I find myself using these a lot in comments – probably too much. I think this is a really good improvement. Thank you. :)

  54. Janneke Van Dorpe

    Looks like the text ones don’t convert. I updated my post, I think I figured them all out now. ;)
    See link in my comment above.
    Also,, ’8)’ doesn’t work any more.

  55. MizCoco&Neeko

    Yay!! Let’s all smile :)

  56. AnneMarie Graham

    Great! These are much better!

  57. oldhippie43

    Smileys are both boring and mundane. Something more original would have been much nicer.

  58. mamasandbebes

    Oooo! I love smileys (probably to a fault). I just used my first smiley in a draft post and noticed how cool they looked. I may blame WP for my future smiley abuse :) .

  59. mystichuntress

    I wonder what the hidden smilies are?
    Is there anyway of testing?

  60. swiggityswag00

    These are so adorable <3 :D

  61. laflor5233

    I hovered over them and nothing happened. What am I doing wrong.

  62. 56atstpats

    whoo hoo :o

  63. M. R.

    Noticed ‘em right away, and think they’re terrific ! Many thanks ! You’re right: they’re much more expressive … Question: could there be something stuck into our dashboards by way of a legend, please ? :star:

  64. Inside of Love

    But when I type on my blog it’s still the old smileys :/

  65. actipu

    its really nice

  66. jennisnails

    Yay! Thank you! :burrito:

  67. SweetCandyDreamer

    How fun! :-)

  68. Sasha Wang

    much better than the old ones!!! :)

  69. teddytom4u

    :bear: we have a bear now too?

  70. Jon R.

    I knew those looked new! Love it! I’m fighting just randomly typing things to see if any make one of those secret ones… ahhhhh :wordpress: :sexy: :secret: :yay: :moo: :haha: (hoping one of those worked)

  71. Suzanne Ong

    So cute!! <3

  72. Rajiv Mohan (@Rajiv_MG)

    Wow I’m <3 it!

  73. Africa Matjie

    nice :)

  74. Sir nativeca66

    Not as good as the old ones IMHO. I appreciate having additional ones, which aren’t hard to do yourself with shortcodes by the way, but the old ones much better reflected the expression they were intended to reflect.

  75. Eamon Walford

    Add me to the short list of people who don’t approve of this change, and it looks like I’ll be using emoticons from other places from this time forward.

  76. dearrasilbersztein


  77. Raquel

    really cute! The first I saw was the heart and I was all like “how did I do this? *o* “

  78. Mormon Soprano

    Nice! ♡♥:-D

  79. mithriluna


  80. redmorgan2000

    Nice :)

  81. fiyaro

    that was awesome

  82. Zen A.

    They’re so cute! XD

  83. kingintraining

    Awesome! <3

  84. chloeroberts93

    They look exactly the same as any other

  85. rarasaur

    These are fantastic! :D

  86. fatoomchan

    oh i like it <3

  87. lautdenkerchristiangruber

    i love words more then smileys

  88. Anna Macaluso

    Great news!

  89. Sandra Louise

    I’ve often wondered why people put <3 on Facebook!

  90. Sandra Louise

    What I meant was < 3 (leaving a gap may stop it turning into an emoticon???)

  91. Gaurav Tiwari

    Cute and hilarious. :P :D Brilliant. <3

  92. Nish

    awesome, will this work on self-hosted as well?

  93. vanessachant

    Good :idea: (w)

  94. JenT

    Awesome! Welcome back to the 90’s! :party: \o/

    But seriously, are “alternate” emoticons supported, like those that have a dash or an equal sign as a nose? Thanks!

  95. Bruce

    I like to use a smiley face every now and then but I won’t remember the codes. I have used them on other sites when commenting and I just had to pick a face from a legend. Having a selector, as mentioned above, would work for me. Thanks!

  96. Filipe Varela

    (w) onderful, Joen!

  97. Midwestern Plant Girl

    I love my s4 keyboard with these in it. .. ;)🐶🍻🌳🌻🚙🎱

  98. SweetCandyDreamer

    Oh no, the smiley faces on my blogposts are not where they are supposed to be anymore after these changes :( They are all out of place..

  99. Annie S.

    Awesome! <3 8-)

  100. belle★beckford

    Great! This is awesome! XD


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