How to Add a Shortcode in WordPress – Beginner’s Guide

Shortcodes in WordPress are a quick and easy way to add dynamic content to your pages and posts. They are essentially small snippets of code that you can insert into your content that will be replaced with dynamic content when the page or post is rendered.

Here’s a simple example of how to use a shortcode in WordPress:

  1. Define your shortcode: You need to define what your shortcode will do and what it will display. You can do this in your theme’s functions.php file or in a plugin. Here’s an example of a simple shortcode that displays the current date:
function current_date_shortcode() {
return date( 'Y-m-d' );
add_shortcode( 'current_date', 'current_date_shortcode' );
  1. Use the shortcode in your content: To use the shortcode, simply insert it into your post or page where you want the dynamic content to appear. The shortcode for the current date example above would look like this:
Today's date is [current_date]
  1. Preview the result: When you preview the page or post, the shortcode will be replaced with the dynamic content, in this case the current date:
Today's date is 2023-02-10

This is just a simple example of what you can do with shortcodes in WordPress. You can create more complex shortcodes that display custom post types, lists of posts, or other dynamic content.

For more information on how to create and use shortcodes in WordPress, you can refer to the official WordPress documentation: