When you don’t have the coding, design experience or just don’t have the time, adding custom elements in your WordPress site could be a problem. While you can outsource the task, there is a better solution. You can use dedicated WordPress shortcode plugins and do it yourself. These plugins are very easy to use. Once you get the hang of it, you can easily add custom elements in the posts and pages of your website.

In today’s post, I will introduce you to the best shortcode plugins for WordPress. These plugins make it very easy to add your elements with a few clicks. Let’s see which these plugins are.

WordPress Shortcode Plugins

#1. Shortcodes Ultimate


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With more than five hundred thousand active installs, Shortcodes Ultimate is the most popular shortcode plugin for WordPress. Once you install and activate the plugin, you will find a new menu item titled ‘Shortcodes‘ in your WordPress dashboard.

The Shortcodes -> Examples page will show the basic and advanced examples of using various shortcodes. If you like any example, you can copy the code and paste into the editor. You will also find a new button titled ‘Insert shortcode‘ in the post editor. Clicking on the button will open all the available shortcodes.

It is possible to filter the shortcodes by content, box, media, gallery, data, etc. Once you click on any shortcode, a new pop-up window with the available customization options will appear. After making the customizations, you can view a preview or insert the shortcode into the post.

#2. Column Shortcodes


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While Column Shortcodes is no match to the incredible popularity of Shortcodes Ultimate, it is still a widely used plugin with more than a hundred thousand active installs. What this handy plugin does is provide you with an easy way of creating column-based layouts on your WordPress site. It will create a new button right after the ‘Add Media‘ button in your post editor.

As you can see from above screenshot, the plugin offers a diverse range of layout options to choose from. You can choose different columns like one-third, two-third, one-fourth, one-sixth, etc. On the right side, there is column padding box. This section allows you to add custom padding on the top, bottom, left and right sides of your column.

#3. WP Shortcode


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WP Shortcode by MyThemeShop provides a straightforward and easy way of adding various elements like buttons, alerts, column-based layouts, tabs, dividers, etc. into your WordPress site. Once you install and activate the plugin, you will find a new ‘+‘ icon in your post editor. Click on this icon to open the available shortcodes from a drop-down list. Once you choose a shortcode, you will be provided with the available customization options.

After making the necessary changes, you have to click the ‘Insert‘ button to add the code to your post. If you are confused about the usage of these shortcodes, the plugin developer has set up a handy shortcodes examples page to make things easier for you.

4. Easy Bootstrap Shortcode


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If your theme doesn’t support Bootstrap or there isn’t any simple option to use the Bootstrap features, the Easy Bootstrap Shortcode plugin could be an excellent WordPress shortcodes plugin for you. Installing and activating the plugin will add a set of new icons in your post editor. Clicking any of them will open a new pop-up window with the customization options. Once you have made the customizations, click the ‘Insert Service Box‘ button to add the code to your post.

You will find the plugin settings options in the EBS Settings -> EBS Settings page. You can choose to load the Bootstrap CSS and JavaScript files from the plugin, theme or CDN. You can also provide custom CSS styles for the plugin. Other options include loading the Font Awesome icons, choosing the button style, etc.

#5. Magee Shortcodes


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Based on Bootstrap, Magee Shortcodes comes with a wide selection of shortcodes for WordPress. Powered by HTML5 and CSS3, these shortcodes work correctly on all screen sizes. After activating the plugin, you will find a new button titled ‘Magee Shortcodes‘ in your post editor.

You can choose any of these shortcodes simply by clicking on the name. At this point, you will be provided with some configuration options for the shortcode. After making the necessary changes, you can view a live preview or insert the code into the post editor. As a bonus, the plugin also allows you to create simple sliders. You can add unlimited slides and provides title and caption for the slides.

#6. WP Canvas


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Unlike the other plugins of this list, WP Canvas offers several additional options for your WordPress site. After installing and activating the plugin, you will find two new icons in your post editor. The one with the brackets will allow you to choose various shortcodes. The available shortcodes are intelligently divided into several types like columns, elements, boxes, highlights, dividers, jQuery, etc. The drop-down menu located next will allow you to insert FontAwesome icons into your post body.

You will find the additional options in the Appearance -> Shortcodes page. Here, you can choose to add various social sharing buttons in the posts, pages, and the archive page. It is possible to choose the display text, the icon for multiple platforms including Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.

#7. Fruitful Shortcodes


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Fruitful Shortcodes is a simple but effective WordPress shortcodes plugin. This beginner-friendly plugin will add a new line of icons in the post editor. You can use any shortcode by clicking on the respective icon. However, unlike the other plugins of this list, this one doesn’t provide any configuration options. You have to edit the shortcode to make any customization.

The plugin settings page is located at Settings -> Fruitful Shortcodes. From that page, you can choose to display the shortcodes on your posts, pages, and attachments.

So far, I have discussed only the free plugins. But there are also some premium shortcode plugins for WordPress. Let’s take a look at the best premium shortcode plugins for WordPress.

#8. Styles with Shortcodes for WordPress


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When your theme doesn’t allow you to add custom elements in a simple and easy way, Styles with Shortcodes for WordPress could be an effective solution for you. This excellent WordPress plugin comes with 100 different shortcodes for inserting various elements like a toggle, tabs, columns, gallery, tooltip, Tweet buttons, Facebook like box, LinkedIn box, etc. What’s more, you can create your shortcodes and use them on any other website which has this plugin installed and activated.

You can insert a shortcode by clicking the ‘Add shortcode‘ button in your post editor. As the available shortcodes are divided into several categories, it is very easy to find out your desired shortcode with a few clicks. There are extensive styling and management options for each shortcode. The shortcodes work perfectly in custom post types as well.

#9. Intense – Shortcodes and Site Builder


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As the name suggests, Intense is not only a shortcode plugin but also a complete website builder solution. Having more than 100 cleverly designed shortcodes, it is highly likely that you will find the desired shortcode in this plugin. You will find a full explanation and live example for each shortcode in this page.

After installing and activating the plugin, you will find a ‘Shortcodes‘ button in your post editor. Clicking that button will open the categorized shortcodes list. Click on any shortcode to reveal the configuration options. There are two options to preview the shortcode or insert the code into your post.

As a bonus, the plugin also comes with 19 custom post types including the recipe, portfolio, recipe, testimonial, quote, FAQ, team, etc. The plugin also allows you to save designs as snippets for future use.

#10. Vision – WordPress Shortcodes Plugin


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Featuring 100+ shortcodes in a variety of designs, sizes, and several other configuration options, Vision is another excellent shortcode plugin for WordPress. The professional design will allow you to create attractively, eye-catching elements in your site in an easy way. You can do all this without having to write any code. The shortcodes work perfectly with any WordPress theme.

Depending on the shortcode type, you will find options like several color variations, stacking column for smaller screens, multi-column pricing table, custom icon, etc. Adding this to your post is as easy as clicking the ‘Insert Shortcode‘ button.

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When you need to add custom elements on a regular basis, using a dedicated shortcode plugin is an excellent idea. And with the above list of best WordPress shortcode plugins, you can easily choose the one that suits your requirements.