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Better Font Awesome


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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

1. Shortcode

[icon name="flag" class="2x spin border" unprefixed_class="my-custom-class"]

Note that prefixes (fa- and 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

2. TinyMCE

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


Many thanks to the following plugins and their authors:

And many thanks to the following folks who helped with testing and QA:


  • The icon shortcode dropdown selector
  • Better Font Awesome settings, accessed via Settings → Better Font Awesome


This section describes how to install the plugin and get it working.

  1. Upload Better Font Awesome to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. That’s it! Now you can use 3 different methods (shortcode, HTML, TinyMCE) to insert Font Awesome icons, all outlined in the Description section.


How is this plugin different from other Font Awesome plugins?

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.

Do I have to install any font files?

Nope. Better Font Awesome automatically pulls in everything you need, and it does it from the lightning-fast jsDelivr CDN.

What happens if I have another plugin/theme that uses Font Awesome?

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.


September 13, 2022
Cant type in search form from Better Font Awesome By Mickey Kay. Click in search bar to start typing is not working. Cant attach Youtube link so you can find the video searching there for: “Wordpress plugin Better Font Awesome By Mickey Kay”
January 13, 2022
1. It is not really compatible with font-awesome official plugin. I have this shortcode [icon name="fort-awesome" prefix="fab"] but not rendered correctly in this plugin. 2. There is only one version available while the screenshot showing version select box which make me understand that there are multiple versions to use. It is okay to use latest but just update screenshot please. 3. FAQ said there is checkbox Remove existing Font Awesome styles but there is not. The only remove I see is Attempt to remove Font Awesome CSS and shortcodes added by other plugins and themes which is very unclear that it will be mess up my post data or not. 4. They use only CDN, no local file option available. If I have to install a site in local network without internet access then this will be dead end. To be fair, this choice is not negative or positive but just my comment. 5. This plugin leave junk in my DB. The option name better-font-awesome_options still exists after uninstalled. The WordPress document is recommended to clean up the data on uninstall. Read more at Plugin Handbook / Plugin Basics / Uninstall Methods
May 5, 2021
Something simple like [icon name=”facebook-f”] And nope – sh*t plugin. Do NOT recommend it. Here is what worked for me despite older and less updated plugin – works better than this plugin: WP SVG Icons
March 11, 2021 3 replies
Developer is busy but working on the plugin as much as he has time. Very appreciated.
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Contributors & Developers

“Better Font Awesome” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Better Font Awesome” has been translated into 18 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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  • Bump BFAL to properly esc attributes
  • Add unit tests


  • Bugfix: fix broken icon text selection
  • Improve admin settings success/error message logic


  • Bugfix: fix CSRF vulnerability


  • Bugfix: add necessary @font-face mappings to ensure site-specific CSS and pseudo-elements render correctly


  • Add support for Font Awesome v5
  • Integration with Font Awesome GraphQL API for all data fetching (improve performance)
  • Integrate with Font Awesome CDN for all CSS
  • Add option to include the v4 Font Awesome CSS shim to support older icons (default on for upgrades)
  • Updatee hard-coded fallback Font Awesome version
  • Modify version check frequency to a saner 24 hour interval
  • Ensure admin notices are dismissible
  • Lower data fetch timeout to mitigate performance risks
  • Remove legacy options that are no longer relevant (version select, minification opt-out)
  • Add more/better unit tests to ensure things are working as expected


  • Fix: revert to 1.7.4 codebase.
  • Fix: remove calls to ready() jQuery method to support latest jQuery versions.


* Fix: remove calls to ready() jQuery method to support latest jQuery versions.
* Fix: update fontawesome-iconpicker dependency to repair broken icon select functionality.


  • Fix: revert accidental bump to underlying Better Font Awesome Library dependency.


  • Add admin notice to invite beta testers.


  • Bump “tested up to” value to 5.5.


  • Fix functionality to hide/show admin notices.


  • Update fallback Font Awesome to v4.7.0.
  • Switch from using git submodules to composer dependency management for core library inclusion.