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What Is Shortcode And Use Shortcode In WordPress

Last updated on June 11, 2021 by

We can easily extend the site functionality without repeating ourselves with the help of a shortcode. Nowadays, most plugins provide shortcode functionality for better reusability. In this article, we will see what is shortcode and how to use shortcode in WordPress? So, let’s start by exploring the basics of shortcodes!

Table of Contents
1. What is Shortcode
2. How to Write Shortcode
3. Built-In Shortcodes
4. How to Create Shortcode
5. How to Use Shortcode

01 What Is Shortcode

The shortcode definition varies in different people. We define it as like shortcode is a WordPress feature that helps you to overcome your repetitive task with very little effort.

Another simple definition: shortcode is a short name of your bunch of a function’s code that allows you to execute anywhere in WordPress by just calling that short name.

02 How To Write Shortcode In WordPress

A shortcode is written inside two square brackets. For example, the "[sc_show_gallery]" shortcode can be used to add a photo gallery of images to any page, post, or any other place in WordPress.

03 Built-In Shortcodes In WordPress


We can also pass attributes into the shortcode as the following example shows:

[gallery id="77" columns="4" rows="2"]

04 How To Create Shortcode In WordPress

As the name suggests add_shortcode() function is used to add the shortcode in WordPress. It accepts two parameters. The first parameter is the name of the shortcode and the second parameter is a callback function’s name.

Syntax: add_shortcode( 'name of shortcode', 'callback function name' );

Example of the shortcode:

function dynamic_copyright_year(){
    return date('Y');
add_shortcode('copyright_year', 'dynamic_copyright_year');

On the above example, we have created a copyright_year shortcode that will print the current year when the shortcode executes. Let’s run the shortcode.

05 How To Use Shortcode In WordPress

A do_shortcode() function is used to run/execute the created or built-in shortcode. As we have seen above that shortcode written inside two square brackets so here we have to use two square brackets while executing.

Syntax: do_shortcode( '[name of shortcode]' );


echo do_shortcode('[copyright_year]');  // This will print current year.

That’s it for now. We hope this article helped you to understand the basic concept of shortcode in WordPress.

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