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.
[su_slider source=”media: 1189,1190,1191″ mousewheel=”no”]
While WordPress includes basic functions to create headlines, sometimes they aren’t as visually pleasing as you’d like.
[su_heading style=”default” size=”13″ align=”center” margin=”20″ class=””]You Can Choose From a Variety of Styles to Make a Nicer Looking Heading[/su_heading]
[su_tabs style=”wood” active=”1″ vertical=”no” class=””]
[su_tab title=”First Tab”]
Creating tabs can allow you to fit a variety of information is a small space. You could use tabs to show features and benefits of a product or profile individual company employees.
[su_tab title=”Second Tab”]
It’s easy to add a variety of content to each tab including text and even photos!
[/su_tab] [su_tab title=”Third Tab”]
The tabs can be styled in a variety of ways with built-in color schemes. You can also select which tab is active when the page loads.
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.
[su_spoiler title=”Spoiler Alert — Don’t click to open unless you want to see the truth!” open=”no” style=”fancy” icon=”plus” anchor=”” class=””]In online business, there is no such thing as a free lunch![/su_spoiler]
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,”
[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler]Content[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler]Content[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler]Content[/su_spoiler][/su_accordion]
Sometimes you want to [su_highlight background=”#FFFF00″ color=”#000000″ class=””]highlight something important[/su_highlight] in your post. You can even change the color to anything you want — even [su_highlight background=”#F433FF” color=”#000000″ class=””]bright neon pink[/su_highlight]!
If you do interviews, you will often include quotes in your posts. This plugin makes it easy to add them. [su_quote style=”default” cite=”” url=”” class=””]Now is the time for all good online business owners to transform their boring posts with Shortcodes Ultimate.[/su_quote]
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.
[su_row class=””][su_column size=”1/3″]
With Shortcodes Ultimate, it’s very easy to create columns of text. You can choose between several column sizes.
[/su_column] [su_column size=”1/3″]
You can use this technique to break up text — don’t be boring! It’s amazingly easy to do.
[/su_column] [su_column size=”1/3″]
While many themes have this function built in, there are many that don’t. Now you can add premium functionality to your basic theme with a free plugin.
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.
[su_button background=”#c70000″]Make a Cool Button[/su_button] [su_button background=”#1000c7″]Or Another Cool Button[/su_button] [su_button background=”#00c793″]Or Even Another![/su_button]
[su_box title=”Content Box” style=”default” box_color=”#333333″ title_color=”#FFFFFF” radius=”3″ class=””]Content boxes are a great way to focus audience attention on some piece of specific information. As with most of the other shortcodes, you can customize text and background color to match the look and feel of your website.[/su_box]
[su_note note_color=”#FFFF66″ text_color=”#333333″ radius=”3″ class=””]Note boxes are another way to focus attention on specific pieces of content. It’s so easy to add these and they make your posts look more professional.[/su_note]
Sometimes you don’t want to embed a video directly onto your site. You can use a video lightbox display the video.
[su_lightbox src=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r8NE4osAYA”][su_button] Click Here to Watch the Video [/su_button][/su_lightbox]
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.
[su_gmap address=”350 5th Ave. New York NY 10118″]
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.
[su_qrcode data=”http://www.insidersecrets.com” title=”Insider Secrets” link=”www.insidersecrets.com”]
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. [su_scheduler days_week=”0″]For example, this text will only show on Sundays (which is ice cream day).[/su_scheduler][su_scheduler days_week=”1″]For example, this text will only show on Mondays (which is string beans day).[/su_scheduler][su_scheduler days_week=”2″]For example, this text will only show on Tuesdays (which is spaghetti day).[/su_scheduler][su_scheduler days_week=”3″]For example, this text will only show on Wednesdays (which is soup day).[/su_scheduler][su_scheduler days_week=”4″]For example, this text will only show on Thursdays (which is roast beef day).[/su_scheduler][su_scheduler days_week=”5″]For example, this text will only show on Fridays (which is fish day).[/su_scheduler][su_scheduler days_week=”6″]For example, this text will only show on Saturdays (which is chicken day).[/su_scheduler] 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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