I got a request yesterday from Roy Bayfield asking if it was possible to put a heart in the title of a news story and I didn’t have a clue! So I did a bit of looking online and found a page on the WordPress Codex saying how you can insert special characters. I did a couple of test posts on our news system and lo, it worked!
It’s possible to put the full selection of suits in – ♦♥♣♠ – plus a selection of other characters like musical notes (♫), chess pieces (♘) and miscellaneous items of stationary (✉). Best of all these work without messing around with changing fonts!
Update: Your Mileage May Vary! And I should add that our news system isn’t powered by WordPress, but both allow for this kind of thing.