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Shortcode in WordPress

Have you ever wanted to make a shortcode in WordPress? I will show you how to make it without plugin!

First we need to open functions.php file. This file is located in our theme directory. Paste there this code:

Then on any page or post you can display message from this shortcode by writing this:


The best method in WordPress is using the dedicated type of block: shortcode.

If you want you can use any HTML formatting in your shortcode, eg.:

function my_shortcode() {
    $message = '<h1 style="font-size:60px; font-weight: bold;">My big HEADING</h1>';
    return $message;
add_shortcode('my_heading', 'my_shortcode');
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As you see in the second line, I used here CSS formatting.

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Discussion (2)

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Michael Beckwith

on the flipside, if you want this to persist regardless of what theme you're using, it's not difficult at all to make your own quick plugin with almost all the same code (excepting the plugin header), and have the shortcode persist across themes. Plugins can very much be individual single purpose functions.php files that you have an extra step to take in activating.

Worth consideration.

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Chris Texe Author

You're right! This tip is for beginners and I didn't wanted to make a mess in their head. 😁