Plugin Author: Mickey Kay
WordPress profile: Mickey Kay
Last updated: January 15, 2023 (2 months ago)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 6.1.1
Rating: 5 (out of 5)
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Better Font Awesome allows you to automatically integrate the latest available version of Font Awesome into your WordPress project, along with accompanying CSS, shortcodes, and TinyMCE icon shortcode generator.
Always up-to-date – automatically fetches the most recent available version of Font Awesome, meaning you no longer need to manually update the version included in your theme/plugin.
Backwards compatible – shortcode output is automatically updated depending on which version of Font Awesome you choose, meaning that you can switch versions without having to modify your shortcodes.
Compatible with other plugins – designed to work with shortcodes generated with plugins like Font Awesome Icons, Font Awesome More Icons, and Font Awesome Shortcodes, so you can switch to Better Font Awesome and your existing shortcodes will still work.
CDN speeds – Font Awesome CSS is pulled from the super-fast and reliable jsDelivr CDN.
Shortcode generator – includes an easy-to-use TinyMCE dropdown shortcode generator.
All settings can be adjusted via Settings → Better Font Awesome.
Better Font Awesome can be used in 3 different ways: shortcode, HTML, and TinyMCE
[icon name="flag" class="2x spin border" unprefixed_class="my-custom-class"]
Note that prefixes (
icon-) are not required, but if you do include them things will still work just fine! Better Font Awesome is smart enough to know what version of Font Awesome you’re using and correct of the appropriate prefix.
That means that all of the following shortcodes will work, regardless of what version of Font Awesome you choose:
[icon name=”flag” class=”2x spin border”]
[icon name=”icon-flag” class=”icon-2x icon-spin icon-border”]
[icon name=”fa-flag” class=”fa-2x fa-spin fa-border”]
[icon name=”icon-flag” class=”fa-2x spin icon-border”]
You can read more about shortcode usage on Github
Better Font Awesome also provides you with an easy-to-use drop down menu when editing in TinyMCE’s visual mode. Check out our Screenshots to see what it looks like.
Note that prefixes are required for HTML usage, and are version-specific. For this reason, shortcode usage is encouraged over HTML. If you do want to use HTML, however, you can read more on the Font Awesome site.
Advanced / Integration
Better Font Awesome is built around the Better Font Awesome Library. This library allows you to integrate Better Font Awesome into any custom project you want to create (perhaps a theme or plugin with a constantly up-to-date icon list), and includes all the filters you might need.
Languages / Translations
- French (thanks to David Tisserand)
Many thanks to the following plugins and their authors:
- Font Awesome Icons by Rachel Baker
- Font Awesome More Icons by Web Guys
- Font Awesome Shortcodes by FoolsRun
- Dmitriy Akulov and the awesome folks at jsDelivr
And many thanks to the following folks who helped with testing and QA:
This plugin is unique in that it automatically pulls in all available versions of Font Awesome, meaning you never have to wait for the plugin developer to add the latest version. Furthermore, Better Font Awesome is designed to work with a wide variety of shortcode formats used by other Font Awesome plugins – this means that you can easily switch to Better Font Awesome (if, for example, you need to include icons from the most recent version of Font Awesome, which isn’t always available with other plugins), and they will still work.
Nope. Better Font Awesome automatically pulls in everything you need, and it does it from the lightning-fast jsDelivr CDN.
Better Font Awesome does it’s best to load after any existing Font Awesome CSS, which can minimize conflicts. If you are experiencing any unexpected behavior resulting from plugin/theme conflicts, you can try checking the box to “Remove existing Font Awesome styles” in under Settings → Better Font Awesome.
The icon shortcode dropdown selector
Better Font Awesome settings, accessed via Settings → Better Font Awesome
Latest Change log entry:
- Bump BFAL to properly esc attributes
- Add unit tests
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+ Jason's Comments
This is the big list of icons automatically kept up to date. For a smaller list try Genericon’d.