Plugin fix orphans position and replace space after orphan to hard space, to avoid line break incorrect position.

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  • Options for entries.
  • Options for widgets.
  • Options for taxonomies.
  • Miscellaneous options.


There are 3 ways to install this plugin:

The super easy way

  1. Log in to your WordPress Admin panel.
  2. Go to: Plugins > Add New.
  3. Type ‘orphans’ into the Search Plugins field and hit Enter. Once found, you can view details such as the point release, rating and description.
  4. Click Install Now. After clicking the link, you’ll be asked if you’re sure you want to install the plugin.
  5. Click Yes, and WordPress completes the installation.
  6. Activate the plugin.
  7. A new menu Orphans in Appearance will appear in your Admin Menu.

The easy way

  1. Download the plugin (.zip file) on the right column of this page
  2. In your Admin, go to menu Plugins > Add
  3. Select button Upload Plugin
  4. Upload the .zip file you just downloaded
  5. Activate the plugin
  6. A new menu Orphans in Appearance will appear in your Admin Menu.

The old and reliable way (FTP)

  1. Upload sierotki folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. A new menu Orphans in Appearance will appear in your Admin Menu.


When this plugin replace spaces?

Plugin works when viewing the content and does not modify your content.

How to use this plugin on custom field?

Use this code:

if ( class_exists( 'iworks_orphan' ) ) {
    $orphan = new iworks_orphan();
    echo $orphan->replace( get_post_meta($post_id, 'meta_key', true ) );

How to use this plugin on any string?

Use this code:

if ( class_exists( 'iworks_orphan' ) ) {
    $orphan = new iworks_orphan();
    echo $orphan->replace( 'any_string' );

How to change plugin capability?

By default to use this plugin you must have manage_options capability, that usually mean site administrator. If you want to allow manage Orphans by “Editors” then you need to use other capability, e.g. unfiltered_html. You can use iworks_orphans_capability filter:

add_filter('iworks_orphans_capability', 'my_orphans_capability');
function my_orphans_capability($capability) {
    return 'unfiltered_html';

How to turn of replacement in my piece of code?

At the beginning of your block just add:

add_filter( 'orphan_skip_replacement', '__return_true' );

and at the end, to again turn on replacements:

remove_filter( 'orphan_skip_replacement', '__return_true' );


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Contributors and Developers

“Orphans” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Orphans” has been translated into 1 locale. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “Orphans” into your language.

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Change Log

2.7.8 – 2021-01-13

  • Added orphan_replace filter to add ability to force replacements on any string.
  • Turned off content filters for admin area – it could mess with another plugins. Props for Zbyszek Zalewski.

2.7.7 – 2020-06-20

  • Added orphan_skip_replacement filter to force skip replacements. Check FAQ to know how to use it.

2.7.6 – 2020-06-08

  • Turned off replacements in feeds.
  • Turned off replacements in REST API.

2.7.5 – 2019-11-12

  • Fixed default values configuration.
  • Handled quotation mark before orphan.
  • Moved orphan’s filters at the end of run, to try to avoid different plugins replacements.
  • Split replacement rules to avoid problem with regular expression is too large.
  • Updated WordPress Options Class to version 2.6.8

2.7.4 – 2018-03-16

  • Fixed problem with too greedy number replacement.

2.7.3 – 2018-03-15

  • Fixed problem with $post object. Props for adpawl
  • Fixed space after a number, but before a word. Props for M. Hawranek.
  • Fixed too early translation load, it causes sometimes missing translation.
  • Updated WordPress Options Class to version 2.6.5.

2.7.2 – 2018-02-13

  • Added html entities handling.
  • Added WooCommerce short description, which use they own filter.
  • Fixed problem with orphan directly after orphan.
  • Refactored input data.
  • Updated WordPress Options Class to version 2.6.4.

2.7.1 – 2017-12-22

  • Fixed a problem with array handling, when document contains scripts or styles.

2.7.0 – 2017-06-29

  • Added custom fields – now you can easily add custom field name to the configuration.
  • Added words: ‘albo’, ‘bez’, ‘czy’, ‘lecz’, ‘nie’, ‘niech’, ‘przez’, ‘tak’, ‘tylko’, ‘więc’ base on Sierotka

2.6.9 – 2017-05-24

  • Fixed a problem with class declaration. Props for gierand

2.6.8 – 2017-05-23

  • Added author description to replacements.
  • Added a taxonomies title and description to replacements.
  • Fixed a problem with preg_replace() “Compilation failed: range out of order”.
  • Use WordPress Options Class to handle new options screen.

2.6.7 – 2017-05-09

  • Allow to apply replacement to all languages by using filter `iworks_orphan_apply_to_all_languages’ set on true.
  • Fixed rate module. – 2017-04-30

  • Fixed wrong regexp replacement.

2.6.6 – 2017-04-30

  • Avoid to replace “script” and “styles” content. Props for m1nified
  • Added a widget title to replacements.
  • Added a widget text to replacements (it work only for the widget text).

2.6.5 – 2016-11-01

  • Rollback to 2.6.3, because 2.6.4 broke images.

2.6.4 – 2016-11-01

  • Added symbols, like FX-10, F-800, F-600-K3-Z. “-” is replaced by ‑ char. Props for Marcin

2.6.3 – 2016-10-25

  • Implement WP syntax rules for PHP files.
  • Added “Call for ratings” on settings page.

2.6.2 – 2016-02-27

  • Fixed a problem with ignored option for numbers. Props for Kacper
  • Added check site or entry language to avoid replacing if language is other then Polish. It is one exception: numbers.

2.6.1 – 2016-01-11

  • Fixed a problem with non-breakable space. Replace space after number to space between numbers.

2.6 – 2016-01-09

  • Change language domain from iworks_orphan to plugin name `sierotki’ to be compatible with i18n WordPress rules.
  • Added activate plugin hook to change options autoload status.
  • Added deactivate plugin hook to change options autoload status.
  • Added filter iworks_orphans_capability, Props for Cezary Buliszak.
  • Added non-breakable space after numbers.
  • Added uninstall plugin hook.
  • Update screenshots.

2.5 – 2015-11-06

  • IMPROVEMENT: added filter iworks_orphan_replace

2.4 – 2015-02-12

  • Added hard space between number (year) and polish year shortcut “r.”
  • Added WooCommerce product title and short description to available options. Props for Dominik Kawula

2.3.2 – 2014-09-12

  • Fixed error in options array

2.3.1 – 2014-09-12

  • Checked option array for non existing hash.
  • Updated screenshots.

2.3 – 2014-07-10

  • IMPROVEMENT: added all forms of word number

2.2 – 2014-01-24

  • IMPROVEMENT:added links to forum
  • IMPROVEMENT:checked capability with WP 3.8

2.1 – 2013-11-09

  • IMPROVEMENT:checked capability with WP 3.6
  • REFACTORING: implement PSR-0 rules to orphan class

2.0.2 – 2013-08-20

  • BUGFIX: fixed replacement for single letter orphan after orphan. Props for Szymon Skulimowski
  • IMPROVEMENT:checked capability with WP 3.6
  • IMPROVEMENT:added help and related section

2.0.1 – 2013-07-10

  • IMPROVEMENT:added numbers

2.0 – 2012-08-12

  • BUGFIX: fixed permissions to configuration page
  • BUGFIX: fixed replacement for strings starting with a orphan
  • REFACTORING: rewrite code to the class
  • IMPROVEMENT:added some shorts of academic degree
  • IMPROVEMENT:massive increase orphans dictionary. Props for adpawl

1.4.2 – 2012-03-02

  • NEW: added the_title filter.

1.4.1 – 2011-02-24

  • NEW: Trim chars.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed multi coma use.

1.4 – 2011-02-24

  • NEW: Added user defined orphans.
  • BUGFIX: Corrected capability name.

1.3 – 2011-02-19

  • NEW: Added option page to turn on/off filtering in content, excerpt or comments.
  • NEW: Added “(” as char before a orphan.

1.2 – 2011-02-18

  • NEW: Added filter comment_text.
  • BUGFIX: Capital letters was missing by plugin.

1.1 – 2011-02-17

  • Abandoning elegant anonymous function, which requires PHP 5.3.0 🙁
  • NEW: Added filter to the_excerpt.

1.0.2 – 2011-02-17

  • NEW: Added “>” as char before a orphan.

1.0.1 – 2011-02-16

  • NEW: Added word “to”.

1.0 – 2011-02-16

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