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How to Use WordPress Shortcodes

Shortcodes are a great way to output dynamic and complex content on WordPress posts and pages.

Shortcodes don’t come built-into WP. Rather, they are added to your site by plugins (and sometimes themes). For instance, a contact form plugin like WPForms provides you with a new interface to create forms. Each form then has a shortcode you can copy and paste into a page to output the form.

When it comes to content like a contact form, it has only been possible to add to a page with shortcodes. That said, the new Gutenberg editor is changing all of that, but we’ll cover that in a future video!

Ben Sibley
Ben Sibley

After using WordPress for the last 9 years, I've made dozens of websites, designed and developed 20 themes that have been downloaded more than 1.5 million times, and personally helped thousands of WP users with their sites.

Now I'm sharing everything I know to help make WordPress an easier and more rewarding choice for building a website. If you have a question you want answered, submit your question here.

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