While some of the fancier (and more expensive) WordPress themes include the built-in ability to add attractive design elements directly into blogs posts, most do not. By installing a WordPress shortcode plugin, you can get much of that functionality without having to switch themes.
Shortcodes Ultimate is one of the most popular all-in-one shortcode plugins. It includes over three dozen different shortcodes you can use in your posts to add things like tabs, buttons, boxes, sliders, responsive videos and more. Best of all, it’s free.
Adding shortcodes to your content is straightforward. After you install the plug-in, an “insert shortcode” button is added to your WordPress visual editor. Pressing the button gives you multiple options and allows you to fine-tune the settings.
Here are some samples of the different types of content styling you can create with Shortcodes Ultimate:
Customizable Image Slider
Embedding image sliders into your posts can be a pain. With Shortcodes Ultimate, it’s easy to select photos from your media gallery and create a very attractive image slider slideshow. Each image can link to content on your blog or elsewhere on the web.
While WordPress includes basic functions to create headlines, sometimes they aren’t as visually pleasing as you’d like.
Sometimes when you’re reviewing something, you need to include information that your reader might not want to see. By using a spoiler, you let the reader decide whether or not they want to see your message.
A variant of the spoiler is the accordion spoiler. It’s very similar to a regular spoiler, except it offers you the ability to add several different spoilers that open up, or “accordion,”
Sometimes you want to highlight something important in your post. You can even change the color to anything you want — even bright neon pink !
If you do interviews, you will often include quotes in your posts. This plugin makes it easy to add them.
Columns and Rows
If you’ve used WordPress for any length of time, you’ve figured out that it’s not really easy to create columns natively in WordPress. Using Shortcodes Ultimate, you can create columns for your content quickly and efficiently.
You don’t need to use an image to create a cool looking button for your website. You can drop a shortcode in your posts to create interactive buttons.
Sometimes you don’t want to embed a video directly onto your site. You can use a video lightbox display the video.
You can embed a Google Map into your blog posts using just the street address. This is much easier than going to the Google Maps website and copying/pasting an embed code.
You can generate a QR code that can link to any URL you choose. For example, you could use a QR code to link to an app from your blog post and encourage your readers to download it.
Although there are several dozen effects offered by the free plugin, those willing to pay for an upgrade can get cool features such as testimonial boxes, pricing tables, pie chart graphs, and more.
One of the premium features is time and date triggered content. You can use this shortcode to display certain content based on the day of the week, month, year, etc. For example, this text will only show on Thursdays (which is roast beef day). At least according to the song….
I have been very impressed with Shortcodes Ultimate. It replaces a least half a dozen standalone WordPress plugins with a single, well-organized one. While sometimes it’s best to choose a plugin that’s made for a specific task, I don’t like how having too many shortcode buttons clutter the editor interface.
Shortcodes Ultimate provides all the important styling functions in one place. If you want to add more styling to your blog posts, look no further.
WordPress Plugin Directory: https://wordpress.org/plugins/shortcodes-ultimate/
Developer’s Site: http://gndev.info/shortcodes-ultimate/
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