Best Shortcode plugins for WordPress

In this article I’m going to discuss some best WordPress shortcodes plugins. There are many factors which depends upon the readership of an author. The real bloggers are those who focuses more on the presentation and keep the readers stick to their content. Is your content attractive enough ? Lets see what is an attractive blogging.

What is an attractive Blogging ?

The first thing about the Blogging is how you’re presenting your content to readers. Anyways appearance does matters the most. I’m not talking about picking up one premium WordPress theme which shows pre-loader while loading or the one whose images zooms out while hovering. These animations takes more time to load a specific website, and no one likes a slow website. I suggest, that it is not essential for Bloggers. Yes it is astonishing, but for high profile websites. I believe that Blogging is a writing art and..

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance – Aristotle

On the other hand, readers are more likely to engage with the articles which are represented in an authentic and creative way. According to me an attractive blogging is one which explains the content from each and every niche of the topic.

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In order to achieve interesting and attractive Blog post, Shortcodes is a must. And those who are new to WordPress shortcodes, A shortcode is something which improves the presentation of your content using graceful elements like buttons, tabs, lists, Dropcaps, Quotes, accordions and spoilers. In more simple way Shortcodes = Shortcut. The shortcodes are mainly inscribed in a square brackets and mostly looks like this [I am a Shortcode]

These little shortcodes contains bunch of classes and divisions in it. So let me patch you up with some enticing shortcode elements which are actually useful for better blog interpretation. Shortcode is the best way of creating an amazing out of the box content.

Some WordPress Shortcodes elements

1. Dropcaps

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”2″]I[/su_dropcap]t is one of the essential and most used elements of Newspapers and Magazines. The trend of Dropcap is traveling since years. Many historical notes has discovered which contained the ‘dropcap’ in them. According to Wikipedia, Dropcap is a letter at the beginning of a word, a chapter, or a paragraph that is larger than the rest of the text. This letter can be used as an initial attention of your content and can also create an effective impression on the readers.

2. Lists

Have you ever wondered of using beautiful icons instead of bullets for your lists like category or post ? The WordPress has an inbuilt option of two supported list classes i.e ordered list and un-ordered list. The shortcodes helps in replacing the default oldish bullets with the font awesome icons and Glyphicons. It may helps in :

listing different categories.

Special effects.

Inspiring readers.

Social support.

3. Tabs

The tabs can be used as a classification or separation of two or more categories of the content. It can be used in the places like sidebars and footers for exhibiting the exclusive or trending contents of your Blog. See the example (given below) of tabs from 3nions sidebar widgets.

[su_tabs active=”2″][su_tab title=”WordPress”]

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. WordPress is installed on a web server, which either is part of an Internet hosting service or is a network host itself.

[/su_tab] [su_tab title=”SEO”]

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization.“SEO is a process Which brings organic, natural and free traffic through search results”.

How Wikipedia defines SEO :

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s unpaid results—often referred to as “natural,” “organic,” or “earned” results.


4. Pullquotes

[su_pullquote]The secret of getting ahead is getting started –Mark Twain[/su_pullquote] You might have seen these types of ‘pullquotes’ on the websites like Forbes and Wikipedia, haven’t you ? Many Blogging websites proudly uses the pullquotes. They use these type of separations for quotations and ritzy lines to get the special attention of the readers. It also help the readers in perceiving the absolute information about the content. The quotes are the key to an attractive content. Using this, you can create a quality mark up of your article which readers likes the most. Readers are in search of mattering contents and quotes does matter in the Blog post.


5. Accordions and Spoilers

[su_spoiler style=”fancy” title=”Click me”]Basically an accordion is a musical instrument which consist of keys and a squeezbox. But in a Shortcode theory, an accordion is a tab in which you can wrap up number of spoilers about your notes or conclusions of your content. It can be also used in integrating the sidebar contents or custom sidebar menus on WordPress.[/su_spoiler]

I think that now you all are properly followed up with WordPress shortcodes. I cannot mention all the components at once because there are more than fifty. Those which I’ve specified above are most commonly used among the Bloggers. But you can see the screenshot (given below) from the Shortcodes ultimate plugin which I currently use on my website. The shortcodes I’ve used above is also conceded by this plugin.

Best WordPress Shortcodes plugin of 2016
ScreenShot from Shortcodes Ultimate WordPress plugin

Now I’m going to list up some Best WordPress shortcode plugins which may help you in achieving the special attention of the readers. As the plugins contain both free and premium features, So I think that I’m writing for all the readers 🙂

Shortcodes Ultimate

This is the one of the Best WordPress shortcodes plugins which is powering up more than 500,000+ websites with their amazing shortcodes. Yes, this is the one which I’ve used on this blog post. The positive point about this plugin is that it is mobile friendly (responsive). It is easy to use and also includes live preview options for extra support.

Beside such a good impression of this plugin, it has more than fifty creative WordPress shortcodes. This WordPress plugin offers many premium features for free. The premium version of this plugin is included with the shortcode generator in which you can create your own shortcode using custom CSS. This plugin is fulfilled with lots of WordPress shortcodes.

Main features :

  • SEO friendly plugin.
  • 50+ different WordPress shortcodes.
  • Font-awesome icon support.
  • Shortcode search box.


Easy Bootstrap Shortcodes

For those who are unaware of the Bootstrap, It is mobile friendly frontend framework with minified CSS and Javascript. Bootstrap is responsive and SEO friendly. You can read more about Bootstrap on its official website.

Easy Bootstrap shortcode consists of the major Bootstrap components such as Jumbotron, group buttons, Font-Awesome & Glyphicons Icon Fonts, Drop downs, popover, tooltip and colorful panels. This is a mega pack of Bootstrap shortcodes which comes with some premium features like Bootstrap shortcode generator and custom CSS or Javascript filters.

Main features :

  • Compatible with Internet explorer 6 and above.
  • Bootstrap 3.0.3 integration.
  • Custom shortcode prefix.

WP Shortcode by MyThemeShop

If you are looking for the simple shortcode plugin then you will love this one. WP shortcode is a sleek and simple shortcode plugin on WordPress with more than 70,000 active installs. This plugin consist of 34 different WordPress shortcodes which includes the basic features like Buttons, messages, popovers, alerts and tables. As the above two plugins are most popular, people rarely scrolls down to find the hidden best. But always remember that the best thing is hard to find.

Main features :

  • Mobile friendly Alerts with icons.
  • Website Notifications.
  • Attractive Buttons.

There are many other good shortcode plugins like Magee Shortcodes, Shortcoder, Post content Shortcodes, and Easy Responsive Shortcodes. You can also use these, but those one mentioned above are top 3 WordPress shortcodes plugins and it is used by most of the Bloggers.

These are the most active and best WordPress Shortcode plugins till now. If you have any questions regarding to this article, let me know and do make use the comment box. Happy Blogging

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