How to remove emoji CSS from WordPress

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Learn how to disable emojis scripts from loading on your WordPress site. It will improve your site performance by loading pages faster.

I’ve also published 8 ways to optimise and speed up your WordPress blog.

As you probably know WordPress added support for emojis. By default, WordPress will convert :) into :).

To make it possible they built a wp-emoji-release.min.js script into WordPress core. It’s only 14KB in size but it generates an additional HTTP request to your server.

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Disable emoji in WordPress

You can disable emoji on your site by adding this 2 lines of code to the functions.php file.

remove_action('wp_head', 'print_emoji_detection_script', 7);
remove_action('wp_print_styles', 'print_emoji_styles');

That’s it, it will no longer load wp-emoji-release.min.js file in the site header.

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Renat Galyamov

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