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.
The better solution? Use a plugin! There are many great shortcode WordPress plugins out there that are perfect for spicing up your site without the risk of having to re-do everything when you switch themes.
But What About Page Builders?
So you may be asking yourself, why use shortcodes and not a page builder? Well, if you like your theme or website design then you probably don’t need everything WordPress page builders have to offer. So in that case, adding some shortcodes so you can insert buttons into blog posts or add alerts to your services page might be just right.
Which brings us to this list. These nifty plugins will make adding custom content to your posts and pages easy breezy. Adding buttons, tabs, toggles, social links and more has never been so easy. Below you’ll find a collection of our favorite shortcode plugin options, so be sure to take a look at each one!
1. Shortcodes Ultimate
Shortcodes Ultimate is a free shortcode plugin with over 50 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 slider, carousel, or custom gallery.
Shortcodes Ultimate is also Gutenberg ready, and works great with the Classic editor as well. And with a built-in CSS editor, custom widget, RTL support and a responsive design it’s a great fit if you just need a bit more when creating content for your site.
Shortcoder is a great solution for WordPress beginners to add code snippets for third party services like a Google Adsense ad, or for intermediate users with some coding knowledge to create a shortcode with custom parameters.
3. Symple Shortcodes
The ultimate in free shortcode technology, I definitely recommend our very own Symple Shortcodes plugin developed right here at WPExplorer. It’s got loads of shortcodes for buttons, toggle, tabs, highlights, and more. With all these options it’s easy to create custom looking posts and pages no matter what WordPress theme you’re using. Plus it’s constantly updated to work great with the latest version of WordPress! It’s a great, and 100% free, plugin that you should install today!
Symple Shortcodes provides a very easy UI for clicking and inserting your shortcodes onto any page plus it also integrates with the Visual Composer Page builder plugin (which is included for free with the Total theme) so you can even use the shortcodes via their drag&drop system.
4. Meks Flexible Shortcodes
The Meks Flexible Shortcodes plugin is another great option, created by it’s namesake Meks development team. This useful and free WordPress plugin includes 12+ shortcodes for alerts, progress bars, buttons, separators and more. Plus it’s easy to add shortcodes with the shortcodes editor lightbox that allows you to add your content or make shortcode choices (by adding in parameters) before your insert them.
5. CSSIgniter Shortcodes
Next is CSSIgniter Shortcodes which is an awesome free shortcode plugin, though it works a bit differently than others on our list. Use the editor section to build your shortcode, then just copy and paste the code to insert the shortcode into your page or post. This plugin includes a handful of 12+ useful shortcodes, and is compatible with any theme. And while the CSSIgniter team does recommend their new GutenBee plugin for Gutenberg, the shortcodes still work great with the Classic editor and the default Gutenberg shortcode block.
6. Magee Shortcodes
Magee Shortcodes is an awesome free plugin. It comes with and impressive 30+ shortcodes (including buttons, quotes, countdown timer, alert boxes, and much more) as well as a shortcode generator. The plugin is set up with a built in lightbox and shortcode insert tool. This is a great plugin for someone who doesn’t know CSS/PHP/Java but wants to use custom styling options.
7. WP Shortcode by MyThemeShop
From MyThemeShop – WP Shortcode is an easy to use plugin. With all the shortcode options, variations, styles, colors and more there are plenty of shortcode possibilities. WP Shortcode is also responsive, so as you insert alerts, Google maps, highlights, dividers or any other shortcode it will responsively adjust with the rest of your WordPress theme.
8. TJ Shortcodes
TJ Shortcodes is a free and simple shortcode plugin available on WordPress.org. The plugin makes it easy to use shortcodes thanks to the simple “Add Shortcode” button to insert them into your posts. The plugin offers a useful selection of Alerts, Buttons, Column, Tab, Toggle, Dropcap and Hightlights. Overall it’s a great little plugin, and since it’s free there really isn’t any reason not to get it.
9. Woo Shortcodes Kit
Love WooCommerce but wish your store had a few more options? Then the Woo Shortcodes Kit is for you! This plugin adds 60 functions and shortcodes to add addresses, log in/out buttons, payment methods, gravatar image, order status and so much more. There are too many features to list here, so to learn more definitely take a look at the free plugin page (or consider the premium version).
10. Easy Digital Downloads – Additional Shortcodes
Prefer Easy Digital Downloads over WooCommerce but still want some added functionality? There are shortcodes to display when the cart has items or is empty, when select item ids are in the cart, when it’s the first time shopping, when a license is expired and more.
11. Events Shortcodes For The Events Calendar
This shortcode builder is specifically for the Events Calendar so you can add your events to any post or page. Display your events as a list, minimal list or a timeline (or invest in the pro version for more options list list by venue, sliders, calendar and more).
Let us know what you think! Do you use any of the plugins listed? How is it? Or is there a plugin missing? Leave a comment and we’ll take a look.