Oftentimes premium WordPress themes come with all sorts of shortcodes built-in, but what if you ever decide to switch themes? Well, you’ll lose all the capabilities of your shortcodes unless you manually transfer over the code to your new theme. Better solution? Use a plugin! There are many create shortcodes and even page building plugins out there which are perfect for spicing up your site and without risking having to re-do everything when you switch themes. Below you’ll find a good mix of free and premium shortcodes/page-building options, so be sure to take a look at each one!
1. Symple Shortcodes
The ultimate in free shortcode technology, I definitely recommend out very own Symple Shortcodes plugin developed right here on WPExplorer. It’s got loads of shortcodes for buttons, toggle, tabs, highlights, and more. Plus it’s constantly reviewed so it’s always up to date and new features are added as we think of them! It’s a great, and 100% free, plugin that you should install today!
2. Shortcodes Pro
Shortcodes Pro is a free and simple shortcode plugin available on WordPress.org. The plugin makes it easy to create shortcodes, add TinyMCE rich editor buttons for your shortcodes to insert them into your posts, and Quick-tags within the admin panel. This is a great plugin, and since it’s free there really isn’t any reason not to get it.
3. Shortcodes Ultimate
Shortcodes Ultimate is a free shortcode plugin with over 30 shortcodes ready to go. Just install and start using them! This is a great free plugin with tons of useful shortcodes for boxes, buttons, tabs, etc as well as specializes shortcodes for adding a nivo slider, carousel, or custom gallery.
4. Styles With Shortcodes
Styles with Shortcodes is an awesome premium plugin. This plugin comes with over 100 shortcodes (including buttons, quotes, social bookmarking/sharing, alert boxes, and more) as well as a shortcode generator. The plugin is set up with a built in lightbox, custom post type support, and a shortcode insert tool. This is a great plugin for someone who doesn’t know CSS/PHP/Java but wants to use custom styling options.
5. Visual Composer For WordPress
Visual Composer is an easy to use page builder plugin that allows your to build beautiful pages all by dragging and dropping modules to your desired page location. The plugin also includes content “blocks” (the equivalent of shortcodes) for everything from Google maps and social icons to accordions and tabs. This is a great plugin built on the jQuery UI framework and Twitter Bootstrap, so you know it has a strong code core.
6. Zilla Shortcodes
The ZillaShortcode plugin by ThemeZilla is an awesome free shortcode plugin option. While in the visual editor, all you have to do is click the “z” icon to open a list of many shortcodes to insert into your page or post. This plugin includes a bunch of useful shortcodes, and is compatible with any theme.
7. Titan Editor Shortcodes
Titan Editor shortcode plugin gives you the ability to manage page templates and drag and drop shortcodes in and out of them. Its easy to build and change page templates with shortcodes such as recent posts, popular posts, buttons, quotes, videos, and more.
8. Elegant Themes Drag & Drop Builder
The Elegant Page Builder is a clean and easy to use page builder plugin. The plugin is designed to work with any theme (not just Elegant Themes). To add a module to a post or page simply drag it onto your canvas, adjust the settings, and change the size by stretching the container. You can also use this plugin seamlessly with the Elegant Shortcodes Plugin for all of your design needs.
9. Arconix Shortcode Collection
Arconix is a free basic shortcode collection plugin on WordPress.org. The plugin includes 8 style shortcodes, 5 utility shortcodes, and supports 5 columns. This plugin is great for when you just need a few custom style/utility options, and if you know a bit of code the developer made it simple to make tweaks to the CSS of this plugin if you can/want to.
10. Ether Content Builder
The Ether Content Builder Plugin works with any WordPress theme and offers a variety of features to build custom posts and pages. Use the visual composer to drag and drop the built-in widgets (or use third party ones) wherever you want. With responsive options, grid sliders, headers, rich text, pricing tables, social sharing buttons, and more this is a truly great plugin.
11. Content Builder
Content Builder is a helpful page builder plugin. Change up your posts and pages with drag and drop functions for the layout, gallery, tabs, videos, Google maps, headings, dividers, rich text or images. Customize your website with just a few clicks, add YouTube or Vimeo videos in a snap, and easily manage your content.
Reader Thoughts and Suggestions
Let me know what you think! Do you use any of the plugins listed? How is it? Or did a I miss a must have shortcode plugin? Let me know!