Dressing up your WordPress website is pretty easy. While a lot of WordPress themes do come with lots of different bells and whistles (but none have as many as this plugin does). Hell, some even come with a few shortcodes. There is one WordPress plugin that I find myself using over and over again. If you have found inserting tabs, columns/rows, accordions, videos, buttons, Google maps, colored boxes, and audio hard to do in WordPress your in luck because Shortcodes Ultimate does it all and more. In fact, there are over 40 shortcodes this plugin is packed with (all for free). In this article, I am going to show the things you can do with Shortcodes Ultimate.
Thanks to Kim Doyal at thewpchick.com for this awesome video!
To use the plugin all you have to do is install the plugin and click on the “shortcodes” button on your WordPress page or post. Gone are the days of messing with HTML code! It’s so simple to use, and just in case your wondering anyone, even those with limited knowledge can easily use this plugin.
Here are just “some” of the features you can use with Shortcodes Ultimate.
Obviously, breaking up your content into smaller chunks is a must for any webmaster. To insert rows and columns you don’t have to bust out the HTML book or troll many sites for the code you’ll need to get the job done. To use this, you just click on rows or columns.
Tabs are fantastic if you have various subjects about something you have written on. For instance, let’s say you run an eCommerce site and have a product description, reviews, videos, images, etc. You can quickly set up tabs with Shortcodes unlimited and give your product a beautiful and tidy structure. An excellent way to break up your content in a neatly organized way.
Here is an example of a tab I setup in under 1 minute:
The accordion feature in Shortcodes Unlimited is by far one of my favorite and most useful features. Allows those 3,000-4,000 word articles to be broken up in a way that looks ascetically pleasing. For instance, you will have a “spoiler” which tells what that part of the accordion feature is. Then the user will click on the accordion to view that part of the content. Very useful feature!
Here is a real simple accordion that I created in under 30 seconds:
Add some boxes to your WordPress site with ease. These are great for dressing up your site with minimal work. I use this feature on all my reviews on my site. For instance, if you run a review style site you can easily insert a box and change the colors. Works great on my site because pros I want in green and cons in red for my web hosting reviews. Here are some examples of boxes:
For your boxes, you can choose from any color and have different styling options. The styling options are soft, glass, bubbles, and noise. Also, you can adjust the radius; 1 to 20.
Carousels or sliders are great for picture sliders. There are a ton of carousel plugins for WordPress. However, this feature is integrated into Shortcodes Ultimate. With this shortcode you can:
- Limit the number of pictures in a carousel 1-100.
- Link to an image, attachment page, or post (or none).
- Specify if they should be opening in a new or the same window.
- Set the height and width.
- Responsive (by clicking yes or no.)
- Show titles.
- Arrows (turn on and off).
- Autoplay and speed settings.
- Configure custom CSS.
Lightboxes are another great feature. If you want to setup one, it’s a breeze with this plugin. You can specify whether the content is an iframe, image, or inline HTML. Can be very useful for putting a lightbox on a page with a video, after an email opt-in, or any other way you see fit.
If you’re tired of going to YouTube or Vimeo to embed your videos, it’s a breeze with Shortcodes Unlimited. All you have to do is go to a video you want on your site and cut and paste the URL into the shortcode. There are a couple of different features that this plugin offers:
For YouTube videos, you can easily just cut and paste the URL into the correct field.
There is also a YouTube advanced shortcode. You have more control over your videos.
For Vimeo, you can always just cut and paste the URL into the shortcode.
Let’s face it embedding audio has always been kind of wonky in WordPress. I can’t count how many times I have embedded video and made some changes and saw my sound disappear. Very frustrating! Do yourself a favor, though; don’t ever use autoplay. Autoplay annoys the living crap out of users!
One of the most time-consuming things in WordPress is adding tables. In the past, I have just used Dreamweaver to cut and paste my HTML code and then put my data into the correct fields. For a big table, it took me 10-15 minutes just to cut and paste my information. Those days are over now thanks to the tables shortcode.
Also with the tables shortcode, you can also import .cvs files. How awesome is that?
Displaying documents have always been kind of finicky on WordPress. But, now it’s very easy to integrate into your site. The supported file types are .doc, xls, and .pdf. You have full control over the width and height and can even make them responsive.
If you want to include a map on your website Shortcodes Ultimate makes it easy. You can customize the height and width. Also, you can place the marker address.
The typography setting in Shortcodes Ultimate is awesome! They have some shortcodes which can quickly add some personal touch to your website. Here is a list of them:
- Heading – Obviously, I have used them in this article. They are fully customizable, and you can even purchase a set up pre-made from the developer for $15.
- Pullquote – Maybe this isn’t typography, but it allows you to use pull quotes and justify them right or left.
- Dropcaps – You can easily use a drop cap and specify how big you want it. You have full control over your drop bars.
- DummyText – If you have a WordPress developed for a client or are developing one for yourself you can always use the DummyText shortcode. Here you can control how many paragraphs, words or bytes you want as dummy text.
Shortcodes Ultimate Has More, Though!
- RSS feed.
- Dummy Images.
Pro Version of Ultimate Shortcodes
Obviously, the free version of Ultimate Shortcodes is one of the best and most useful free plugins you can get. In fact, it’s my highest rated shortcodes plugin so far that I have reviewed at tbwhs.com There is just so much you can do with it. It has more features than some paid plugins like All-In-One Shortcodes.
But, if you want to unlock more of the greatness you can always purchase some extras.
You can purchase more than 15 extra skins for $25. Some of the additional shortcodes are:
- Parallax sections.
- Pricing tables.
- Icons & progress bars.
- Content slider.
- Splash screens.
If you want even more skins, you can purchase over 60 of them for $15. Not that you are all that limited with the colors and designs to choose from with the free version, but more is always better right? Will give you more flexibility on what you can do with spoilers, tabs, quotes, and headings. It’s certainly well worth the money.
One of the best things about Ultimate Shortcodes is the Maker Add-on. Cost $15. Allows you to create your custom shortcodes and uses them anywhere on your website. You can create anything from a simple HTML shortcode to a more complex shortcode with PHP. Also, you do have the option to import/export your shortcodes and transfer them between your websites.
Bundle All The Extras Together
However, if you want to purchase them all together, you can do that, as well. There is no need to pay a monthly fee or anything. In fact, there is just a one time fee. If you added up them all separately, it would cost you 25+15+15=$55. If you purchase them all together, it only cost you $40. That is a savings of $15.
In conclusion, if your struggling with the above modifications in WordPress you should highly consider installing this plugin. It has gotten nearly 600+ five stars ratings from WordPress users. The plugin is light on your server and won’t leave your site taking minutes to load. I have about five sites that I have installed Shortcode Ultimate.
The developers of this plugin are always updating this plugin unlike a lot of WordPress plugins. You don’t have to be worried about your site being broken once the next WordPress update is rolled out.
Go ahead and check out the plugin here: http://wordpress.org/plugins/shortcodes-ultimate/screenshots/ Also, check out the extras you can purchase from the developer which can be found here: http://gndev.info/shortcodes-ultimate/skins/
Have you used Ultimate Shortcodes on your WordPress websites? Let me know what you think of the plugin. Please leave your comments down below.