Nowadays, most premium WordPress themes are provided with their shortcodes. By using the shortcodes, you can include special design elements without having to create them manually. While that is very useful, there is a big problem with that approach.
That is, when you change your WordPress theme, you lose all of your shortcodes. To avoid this scenario, it is wise to use dedicated shortcode plugins. These plugins will work even after you change your theme. In today’s post, we have listed 9 best free shortcode plugins to enhance your website functionality.
1. Shortcodes Ultimate
Shortcodes Ultimate comes with a mega bundle of shortcodes that could be very useful for any website. By using the plugin, you will be able to create buttons, tabs, accordions, labels, boxes, quotes, responsive videos, sliders etc. The plugin lets you implement premium theme features in a simple way.
After installing and activating the plugin, you will find a complete list of all the shortcodes at the Shortcodes -> Cheatsheet page. Each shortcode comes with the code, explanation of various elements of the code and possible values for different arguments. You can just click on the code, edit it according to your needs and then copy the code.
The plugin will also add a ‘Insert Shortcode’ button in the post editor. Clicking on the button will reveal a new window containing all the available elements. You can also search for a specific element or filter them. Once you have found your desired element, click on it. At this point, you will be taken a new pop-up window where you have to provide details for the element. After providing all the details, click ‘Insert Shortcode’ and the shortcode will be added to your post automatically.
2. Display Posts Shortcode
Display Posts Shortcode has been developed to allow the users to show different types of post listings without having to write any PHP code. When using the plugin, you just have to add the shortcode into the post or page and use the necessary arguments. Besides the title, it is also possible to show the post excerpt, date and an image for the posts. The plugin does not come with any default styling. Which means you can style the list in any way you want.
3. WP Shortcode by MyThemeShop
Looking for a simple solution to add custom buttons, multi-column layouts, spoiler warnings or quotes in your WordPress website? WP Shortcode by MyThemeShop lets you do all of these along with lots of other custom elements. This used to be an exclusive plugin for premium users of MyThemeShop, but now it is available for anyone.
This plugin will let you keep your custom layout and design elements even after switching to a different theme. With more than 25 shortcodes, you can easily find the one you are looking for. To use the plugin, install and activate it on your website first.
After activating the plugin, go to the post editor. On that page, you will notice a new ‘+’ button. Clicking that button will open the shortcodes pop-up window. Select your desired shortcode from the ‘Select Shortcode’ drop-down list. Then, provide the content, configure relevant options and click ‘Insert’. The shortcode will be added to your post or page automatically.
4. Easy Bootstrap Shortcode
Easy Bootstrap Shortcode provides you an easy way of adding Bootstrap styles in your WordPress website. The plugin adds convenient buttons in the post editor which could be used to insert various elements. And if you are looking for a shortcode plugin that is also compatible with Internet Explorer, this is the one for you. Easy Bootstrap Shortcode supports IE 7 and newer versions.
After installing and activating the plugin, go to the post editor. You will find a new line of icons after the regular icons in the editor. Hovering over each of the new icons will reveal its name as a pop-up. To use any element, click on it. A new pop-up window will appear where you can customize the element as you want.
There is also a premium version of the plugin which comes with more than 100 shortcodes, a custom widget, filterable shortcodes, slider support, improved user experience, etc. You can purchase Easy Bootstrap Shortcode Pro for $15 for a one-site license.
5. Fruitful Shortcodes
Fruitful Shortcodes is an excellent plugin for adding different elements like vertical and horizontal tabs, columns, accordions, info boxes, button, progress bar, alerts etc. in your website. The easy to use plugin provides a simple way of including additional styles to your content without having to create them manually. All the elements created by this plugin are fully responsive.
Once you install and activate Fruitful Shortcodes, you are ready to use it. However, you can go to Settings -> Fruitful Shortcodes to enable the shortcodes on custom posts too. In order to use the shortcodes, go to the post editor. On that page, you will find a new set of icons just below your regular set of formatting options.
Hovering over any icon will tell you its name. To use any of them, just click on the icon. The necessary shortcode will be automatically inserted into your post body. Now all you have to do is to put the content in the appropriate place(s) and publish the post.
6. Olevmedia Shortcodes
Olevmedia Shortcodes is another shortcode plugin which provides you an easy of including various custom elements in your content. Olevmedia Shortcodes offers lots of elements including buttons, accordions, multi-column layouts, icons, boxes, quotes, tabs, toggle, map, pricing table, logo, divider, counter and recent posts.
Like most other shortcode plugins, you don’t have to remember the shortcodes yourself. The plugin provides a convenient way of including the necessary codes automatically. And what’s more, all the elements of Olevmedia Shortcodes work perfectly in any screen resolution.
Once you have installed and activated the plugin, go to the post editor. There, you will find a new ‘+’ icon with a drop-down menu. Select the item you want to use and you will be taken to the configuration page for that element. In most of the elements, you will find the option to use icons. You can preview the icons before using any of them. After configuring the feature, click the ‘Insert Shortcode’ button to add the shortcode to your post.
7. Bootstrap Shortcodes for WordPress
Bootstrap Shortcodes is the second plugin of the list which allows you to add Bootstrap components by using simple shortcodes. However, unlike most other Bootstrap shortcode plugins, this one does not come with Bootstrap included. Rather, it assumes that you are using a theme that was developed on Bootstrap framework. Bootstrap Shortcodes for WordPress works with Bootstrap version 3.2 and newer.
The description of an element starts with the basic shortcode and then detailed explanations about the various parameters of the shortcode. You will also find a handy ‘Insert Example’ button which will add the shortcode to your post body.
8. WP Canvas – Shortcodes
WP Canvas – Shortcodes comes with a handful of shortcodes to enhance the functionality of your WordPress website. You will be able to use various elements including buttons, columns, tabs, accordion, Google Maps, notifications, countdown, Font Awesome icons, pricing table, RSVP, code snippets etc.
After installing and activating the plugin, go to the post editor. On that page, you will find two new items along with the regular formatting options. The first one with the brackets sign is for inserting all the elements the plugin offers except the Font Awesome icons. For those icons, there is a separate option titled ‘Font Icons’.
In order to insert any element, click the brackets drop-down list and select the element you want to use. Once you select an item, the necessary shortcode will be added to your post. You just have to provide your content inside the shortcode. Inserting any Font Awesome icon is very simple too. Just click the Font Icons drop-down list and select the icon you want to use, that’s it.
9. Arconix Shortcodes
With lots of useful elements like boxes, tabs, buttons, toggle sections, accordions etc., Arconix Shortcodes is another popular shortcode plugin for WordPress. The plugin comes with 6 utility shortcodes, 6 style shortcodes, multi-column layout with up to 5 columns support and Font Awesome support. Being fully responsive, all the shortcodes work correctly in any screen size.
Using the plugin is a bit different than the other plugins of this list. Installing and activating the plugin will not create any new menu or button in your post editor. Rather, you will find a new section titled ‘Arconix Shortcodes List’ right after the ‘Tags’ and ‘Categories’ sections. However, that list does not provide any details about the shortcodes. For a better explanation, you should check out the plugin’s official documentation.
Well, these were our picks for the 9 best free shortcode plugins to enhance your website’s functionality. Let us know which one you would like to use in your website. And if you are using any other shortcode plugin already, let us know about that too.