Typically, having the proper character encoding on a page can be a bit of a pain, even if you have the right meta-tag. Here are some tips on how to ease the issue.

1. Add the following to the top of your php page:

ini_set('default_charset', 'UTF-8'); header('content-type: text/html; charset: utf-8'); mb_language('uni'); mb_internal_encoding('UTF-8');

2. Database in MySQL

Be sure that your databases in tables in mysql have a utf-8 correlation. This can be changed in phpMyAdmin under the options tab.

3. Make sure your MySQL query declares UTF-8

if ($db = @mysql_connect($host, $username, $password)) { mysql_select_db($databasename, $db); mysql_set_charset("utf8"); mysql_query('SET NAMES utf8'); //code here }

4. Make sure the php file is in UTF-8, not ASCII

Text editors such as sublime, can convert the page to UTF-8 for you, as post editors (and IDE's) may actually use ASCII. To convert the file to UTF-8 in sublime Text, go to file > Save with encoding > UTF-8.