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Classic Smilies


Replace the smilies with the original versions from previous versions of WordPress.

Added bonus: Disables all “emoji” functionality in WordPress 4.2 and above.


Miyzan 19, 2016
I have been using this plugin and I proudly recommend to everyone. PRO – It improve performance by removing inline JS and reducing HTTP requests. Cons – Smiley images shouldn’t be look dull. It could be appear clear like Original. Thanks & Regards, Gulshan
Miyzan 3, 2016
It’s a shame that plugin like this is needed at all, but this one does its job very well. It’s lightweight and focused on a goal.
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  • Added additional code to remove the default 1em styling from smilies, which was added in WordPress 4.2.


  • Updated emoji removal code for 4.2RC3. Should be the same code in 4.2 final.


  • Disables all of the “emoji” features in WordPress 4.2+


  • First version