Convert Old School Emoticons into Emojis with Rereplacer

Emojis are popular. You can see them everywhere on Facebook, Twitter, and now in Joomla too!

I'm a fan of typing emoticons in the old way. On the web, I usually type the smiley one with :) and (y) to represent a thumbs up.

In this tutorial, I'll share a trick to convert those old school emoticons into the new emojis supported in Joomla 3, using the ReReplacer extension.

Step #1. Emoji support

  • Double-check that your Joomla site has support for emojis. This tutorial will guide you[1]. Make sure to check the section "If your Joomla 3.5 site does not support emoji".

Step #2. Download and Install ReReplacer

Step #3. Create the replacement

  • Go to Components.
  • Regular Labs - ReReplacer, or NoNumber ReReplacer (old brand name).
  • Click New.

Emojis with Rereplacer

I want to replace :) and (y) with Emojis with Rereplacer and Emojis with Rereplacer.

  • So, I fill in the Search area separating each emoticon with a comma.
  • In Replace, I copy and paste the emojis taken from the GetEmoji site[2], also separated by a comma.

Emojis with Rereplacer

  • Set Treat as List as "yes".
  • Type a title.
  • Save and close.

Emojis with Rereplacer

Step #4. End result

Any instance of (y) and :) will be converted into cute emojis in frontend, thanks to ReReplacer.

Emojis with Rereplacer

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Valentín creates beautiful designs from amongst the tequila plants of Jalisco, Mexico. You can see Valentín's design work all over this site and you can often find him helping members in our support forum.


  1. ^ This tutorial will guide you (
  2. ^ GetEmoji site (

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