Earlier as we speak, theme.es launched its Emoji Toolbar undertaking to the plugin listing. It’s a easy picker that integrates with the WordPress Wealthy Textual content toolbar, permitting customers to insert emoji immediately from the editor interface.
After Nick Hamze pulled his Emoji Conbini plugin from WordPress.org final 12 months, there was an emoji-sized gap in my editor toolbox. The plugin was the proper implementation for shortly plopping a fast smiley face or any of the opposite 1000’s of characters out there. Sadly, his departure from the WordPress house meant shedding certainly one of my favourite block-related plugins — and a number of other others that I loved.
It was additionally on par with 10up’s Insert Special Characters plugin, an answer for customers lacking an identical picker from the traditional editor period.
Emoji Toolbar is filling that void and is a strong various for individuals who want an answer. The distinction between the 2 implementations is the placement. Emoji Conbini added the picker button on to the toolbar, and Emoji Toolbar provides it to the “extra” dropdown.
Inserting the picker button within the dropdown makes it slightly more durable to search out. It additionally requires an extra mouse click on to insert emoji. What issues is that the implementation works, however I’d like to see it as a top-level toolbar merchandise.
Utilizing the plugin is an easy matter. When in a Wealthy Textual content discipline, which incorporates blocks like Paragraph, Heading, Record, and extra, the Emoji Toolbar seems within the block toolbar. After clicking it, the plugin creates a popup of the emoji picker.
From that time, customers merely must click on the emoji they need to insert into the put up.
The plugin bundles the Emoji Mart library, which has shortly change into virtually a normal for emoji pickers. The element is a Slack-like field that categorizes every of the characters, and it gives a discipline for looking for that excellent emoji.
There may be nonetheless at the least one emoji inserter various. As an alternative of including a picker to the block toolbar, Emoji Autocomplete Gutenberg permits customers to sort
: and use key phrases for inserting characters. For many who want to work from the keyboard, it’s a faster technique.
Emoji Toolbar shines over Emoji Autocomplete Gutenberg and the now-retired Emoji Conbini primarily based on the way it codecs its output. It inserts the precise characters into the content material, however the different plugins insert an
<img> tag as an alternative. That technique ends in output that isn’t forward-compatible with any adjustments sooner or later or various libraries. Customers who additionally want to disable picture output on the entrance finish can not accomplish that. It is a non-issue with Emoji Toolbar — it performs nicely with different options.
On the entire, the plugin is strong. It has well-written code and gives an easy-to-use picker for inserting emoji.