5 Awesome Free WordPress Shortcode Plugins

Shortcodes provide an easy way to add custom content to your site. Whether you want to add tabs to a page or buttons to a post, shortcodes let you quickly insert elements you regularly use.

WordPress introduced the shortcode API with the release of WordPress 2.5 six years ago. Many themes and plugins (including many of our own) use shortcodes to allow users to customize their sites and display content where they choose.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project we’ll look at five free options for adding shortcodes to your site.

  • Shortcodes Ultimate

    Shortcodes Ultimate is the most popular shortcodes plugin in the WordPress Plugin Repository with more than 780,000 downloads. It promises to “supercharge your WordPress theme with a mega pack of shortcodes” and it delivers.

    Easily create buttons, tabs, boxes, sliders, responsive videos and other elements.

    This plugin features a shortcode generator, 50+ shortcodes, responsive design, CSS3, custom CSS editor with syntax highlighting, custom widget and rich API.

    There are also premium add-ons – extra shortcodes (15+ extra shortcodes), additional skins (60+ skins) and a shortcode creator for creating custom code.

    Interested in Shortcodes Ultimate?

  • WordPress Shortcodes

    WordPress Shortcodes is another popular option, with almost 150,000 downloads in the WordPress Plugin Repository.

    Create SEO-ready tabs, sections/accordions, buttons, links to content, author cards, lists, layouts and other elements.

    Other features include 26+ shortcodes, shortcode editor with instant previews, and customize the looks of shortcodes with custom CSS.

    Interested in WordPress Shortcodes?

  • Shortcoder

    Shortcoder allows you to create your own custom shortcodes with HTML and JavaScript for use on posts and pages.

    This easy-to-use plugin is particularly handy when adding ads to your site, or even embedding videos and other media.

    Features into a shortcode editor and the ability to globally disable shortcodes.

  • Easy Bootstrap Shortcode

    Easily add Bootstrap style to your site with Easy Bootstrap Shortcode.

    This Bootstrap 3.0.3 compatible plugin features 500+ Font Awesome and Glyphicons icon fonts, the ability to add icons to the editor, custom CSS, new sidebar widget and options to give custom shortcode prefix.

    Interested in Easy Bootstrap Shortcode?

  • Simple Shortcodes

    Simple Shortcodes

    If you’re after a simple shortcode plugin without the bells and whistles, then Simple Shortcode is for you.

    This easy-to-use plugin plugin adds a new icon to the visual editor that lets you insert commonly used elements like notifications, columns, buttons and tabs to your posts and pages.

    While Simple Shortcodes was made specifically to work with themes from simplethemes.com, it still works with any theme.

    Interested in Simple Shortcodes?