So like a lot of people, for many years I had my website and databases setup to use latin1/western. Attempting to transfer everything over to utf8 right now. I'm still getting problems with question make icons when viewing in utf8 and fine when viewed at latin1. I've tried switching databases export/import, tried using utf8_encode() and reinserting into the database but that hasn't worked either. Only was I have that works is running it through utf8_encode() php function on the actual page, which slows down greatly with large blobs of text. So what would be the "correct" way to go about this? I'd like the kill the utf8_encode used in the page. With my luck there are tons of different characters from over the years stuck in there from various press releases I am going to need to go back and find and replace as well.