User Friendly Short Codes with TinyMCE

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WordPress short codes are everywhere: in practically every theme and many, many plugins. They are extremely useful and provide huge amounts of extra functionality. With all of their greatness, however, there is one major problem with them: they are not very user friendly, particularly for users who are not familiar with programming, especially when a short code accepts more than one parameter. So, in order to help the non-programmer users, we need a new solution.

The ideal solution is one that provides an interface for the user to input all of their short code options without having to enter any “code”. This is a pretty common technique used by a lot of developers, but until now, there has never been a good tutorial on it, so we are going to fix that.

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Working With WordPress Shortcodes

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WordPress shortcodes are used frequently in plugins and themes as a way to achieve extra functionality, without the need to modify template files. You just type the shortcode word right into your post. Some plugins and themes use them to add event calendars, some for making announcements, while others use them for inserting contact forms.

Simply, WP shortcodes are awesome.

However, what if you’re a theme / plugin developer wishing to use them for your next great product, but you have no idea where to start? We’re going to fix that in this tutorial.

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