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What Are the WordPress ShortCodes and How to Use ShortCodes
As a Blogger we use the WordPress CMS for Website Blog Posting. We used ShortCodes for our blog posts if we need to use them.
What are the ShortCodes Which we used for our WordPress Blogs.
In Simple Word, WordPress ShortCodes are special tags (short bits of code) that allow users to quickly and easily pull bits of predefined functionality into their content.
WordPress ShortCodes are little bits of code that let you quickly and easily add bits of predefined functionality to your site.
WP ShortCodes were introduced with WordPress Version 2.5 so that we can add functionality into posts, pages, and widgets without having to write any custom code. The concept is similar to the Macros functionality in Microsoft Office products – a way to reduce repetition in your work and save you time.
“When a shortcode is inserted in a WordPress post or page, it is replaced with some other content. In other words, we instruct WordPress to find the macro that is in square brackets (
) and replace it with the appropriate dynamic content, which is produced by a PHP function.”
There are a large number of things that can be done with shortcodes in WordPress. Here are a few examples:
- Embed a YouTube video into a page
- Add a Twitter feed into the sidebar of your site
- Add a styled button to your site
- Add a list of recent blog posts to the footer of your website
- Embed music
- Add a styled image gallery into a blog
- Add a subscription form for people to signup to get notified when you publish a new blog
Why Are Shortcodes Used?
Think about this from the developer’s perspective:
Imagine you made a plugin that lets users create a contact form. Now, you need a way for them to add it to their site. You could force them to publish a special “Contact” page, but what if they want to display other text above/below the form? What if they want to call it something other than “Contact”, or add the form to multiple pages?
The solution is to give users a ShortCode to insert the contact form. Shortcodes are extremely flexible and allow you to place content from a plugin, like a contact form, anywhere on your website and blog.
If there’s some HTML coding that you do regularly on your website that’s long and tedious, you can also write a custom shortcode to save you all that typing over and over. WordPress Developers will often add custom shortcodes into the theme they create for your site to help out with this. That’s more technical so we’re not going to cover that here, but know if you’re repeating code in your site on a regular basis you may want to consider making it into a shortcode.
What Words to use in a shortcode
Shortcodes have many, many functionalities programmed into WordPress and WooCommerce. But you need to ensure that you are using the correct word and syntax when using a shortcode. You’ll also need to do a little research to find out if a shortcode actually exists for the functionality that you want to use.
Some shortcodes are pre-programmed into WordPress, or can be added on within your theme or by using plugins. The most popular plugin is Shortcodes Ultimate, which is free and open source and used by people.
The key to using a shortcode is to know the word or phrase and how it is used or laid out. If you have incorrect syntax, the function will not work. Also you need to lookup that a shortcode exists for the functionality that you want to use. For example, a shortcode like [this-Article-is-useful] wouldn’t do anything on your website because no one has programmed functionality to that code. As mentioned before, if one does not exist and you know your way around writing code in HTML, you may be able to create one that you need on your own, or ask your developer to create one for you.