Take Our ElegantThemes Shortcodes Anywhere

Posted on July 11, 2012 by 116 Comments

Take Our ElegantThemes Shortcodes Anywhere
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One of the stand-out features of our themes is the large collection of shortcodes that come packaged with each. These shortcodes make it easy to build advanced layouts and advanced elements that would previously take many lines of complicated HTML and Javascript to create. But what if you wanted to use these shortcodes on any WordPress installation, no matter what theme you where using?

Today we have added a new plugin for download in the members area called Elegant Shortcodes. Installing this plugin will make our shortcodes collection available to you even if you don’t have one of our themes installed. Now you can make use of these awesome tools no matter what theme you are using.

Here is an example of the default 2011 Theme displaying a few of our shortcodes.

I hope that you find this new tool useful!


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  1. This is awesome! I’ll admit… I’ve often thought of how to hack the features of your themes into a different theme. Never had the time to really look into it, so thanks for doing it for me!

    • fantastic plugin πŸ™‚

    • nice collection of short codes

    • I’m agree with Bubba. This is really awesome. I also want to hack the features of your theme. Thanks for shortcodes

  2. nice plugin πŸ™‚ downloading

  3. Awesome stuff!

  4. Wow, it’s really great as a plugin. Thanks!

  5. Great idea. Once I tried to incorporate all ET shortcodes into an another theme but it was too hard. Now I can do it easily. Thanks a lot!

    • thank you so much

      • thank you too!

      • wow amazing!!

  6. Thanks. Great job! πŸ™‚

  7. This was the best news whole month!

    Great release!

  8. Wow. Excellent – many thanks. Shortcodes are one the handiest thing about WP and this plugin will be a great boost.

  9. Fantastic! Keep being awesome!

  10. Very handy tool for WP developer. Thanks for making it free.

  11. This is awesome, it will be very useful and is good of you to release, thanks.

  12. Thank you!!! This is wonderful πŸ™‚

  13. This makes me incredibly happy! Thanks so much!!!

  14. Thanks guys! This is very helpful

  15. There seems to be some problem.
    I have installed the plugin properly. And I’m trying to use the shortcode but all I get is simple plain text.
    [learn_more caption=”Content Closed”] Content [/learn_more]

    • Please open a thread in our support forums so that we can better assist you.

  16. That’s true, this option is very useful, especially the buttons. I am using these every day. Pricing table could be bettter, but it is ok as an extra option.

  17. Waaaah! Why didn’t you put this up a week earlier? I just bought a shortcode plugin for another theme *head -> desk -> thud*

    Well, I’ll just use your plugin on another project, then – thanks a lot!!!

    • Sorry =P

  18. Spectacular! Elegant Themes is STILL the best value in WP themes! We’ve always be disappointed by the short codes of other themes when compared to Elegant Themes.
    Thanks for this GREAT plugin!

  19. This is why I LOVE Elegant themes – you keep me coming back for more…and more…and more. Thanks so much! Do you guys EVER rest?

    • Only when we have too!

  20. This would have to be the best news I have had delivered in my inbox in months! Thank you so much!

  21. Wow, this is fantastic, really good idea to see ElegantTheme finally bring out cool plugins!

  22. Thanks a lot Nick.

    Proud to be member of ET πŸ˜‰

  23. Awesome. Just what I needed after the ET handheld plugin. Thanks Nick!

  24. It will be great if we can use these codes for any wordpress theme. Great work

  25. This sounds like a great plugin, but I don’t see in the download area. Hints or help as to where to find it would be great.

    • I found it! It’s at the bottom of the page. I can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for doing this for us. πŸ™‚

  26. Even though you did this for tens of thousands of people I am so thrilled to bits about it that I consider it a personal favor and I am so grateful for it, I recently spent weeks working over shortcodes for a friend’s site and if I tell you I have had to two use 2 plugins plus a bunch of custom code to simulate about 75% of what was available in your themes. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you!

    (In case this is a sales prospect reading this, you should know the shortcodes are so fantastic that it’s worth buying a membership just for the shortcodes. Seriously.)

    • Happy to help!

  27. This is awesome. Thanks!

  28. awesome

  29. Awesome Suff!!!
    Needed it desperately… Thanks!!!

  30. Absolutely fantastic ! Many many thanks for this great plugin πŸ™‚

  31. Very generous!

  32. Another great move from the ET team!
    Great idea..

  33. Excellent – perfect for those times when clients want to use other themes.
    Thank you, Nick – love what you’re giving us.

  34. I’d love to see columns included in here!
    Thanks for the share!

    • Columns are included. The plugin includes all of our shortcodes.

  35. The short codes available with Elegant Themes are awesome. Thanks for making them available via Plugin.

  36. This is absolutely awesome! Thank you so much for providing this plugin – it will definitely go to good use! πŸ™‚

  37. Sure this is something special from you Nick, awesome!

  38. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! Am I missing the download link that is probably right in front of me?

    • Go to members area, and scroll to the bottom where you normally download themes, you will find plugin there.

      Great move ElegantThemes!

  39. What a BRILLIANT idea!!

    Can I be sure that these will always look exactly as intended? Or can there be css on the site messing things up?


    • There is no way to guarantee that your themes and plugins will not cause problems, all we can say is that our shortcodes will be coded well and that they should play nicely with other things that are also coded well.

  40. thank!!! I like this

  41. This is great and I have already installed and activated the plugin. But I don’t see the codes anywhere on my dashboard or posts/pages. Not sure what I’m missing. I’m sure it’s right before my eyes, right??? LOL.

    • They appear graphically in your posts or pages editing window.

      You can also add them to posts and pages using the text as described in the short-codes help section of the site.

  42. This is so cool. Thanks

  43. Very nice. Would it possible to set up “Password Protect Your Content” also?

    [protected] Content [/protected]

    That would very helpful!

    Keep up the good work.

    • Yes, you can use our protected shortcode.

  44. Awesome news. I will use this plugin on my theme.

  45. awesome,
    thanks for all

  46. Stupid question: How do I implement the shortcodes. i.e. the pricing table?

    Once the plugin is installed do I just insert [shorcode_name] [/shortcode] into my posts?

    If so, where is there documentation for the shortcode syntaxes? Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!

  47. $39 is worth for such elegant themes.
    I was wasting time for creating my themes and spent week and still do not created any pleasant, I would have came here first then I may have ordered here :(.

    I will be keep in touch with you for future sites.

  48. Fantastic! A Great plugin from you guys at Elegant Themes! Keep them coming!

  49. Thanks, this will come in handy on other layouts and themes.

  50. AWESOME!!!!!! i’ve been crying for this for over a year. NICK’S THE MAN, NICK’S THE MAN!

    • Thanks πŸ™‚ Sorry it took so long.

  51. You spread to an area an you multiply, thank for this.

  52. Some offtopic… Nick, do You plan to make the Memoir theme responsive?

    • We don’t have any specific plans right now, but we will try to make as many themes responsive as possible.

    • Great plugin πŸ™‚

  53. God bless you, guys!!! Thanks!!!

  54. Thank you so much.

    The short-code functionality of Elegant Themes is second to none. I use the catalyst framework to design sites if I can’t find an Elegant ready made to do the job. So these codes in conjunction with a framework are just an amazing combination.

    Again thanks a million guys.

  55. Shortcodes are one the handiest thing about WP and this plugin will be a great boost. Thank you so much

  56. Thank you for the plugin. Good work ET Team πŸ˜€

    • Kindly add “pinterest” shortcode like fb and digg, twitter, su kind of ! plzzzzzzz

  57. Hello,
    I m sorry , dont speack english…my question…
    Where we can donwload plugin elegant shortcodes?
    thanck you very much

    • All members can download it from within the members area. It’s in the list of download when you log in.

  58. Hats Off! Great thought indeed…i’ve started using ET shortcodes on my several non ET themes.

    Thanks a ton ET team πŸ™‚

  59. Very usuefull – many thanks πŸ™‚

  60. Downloading and testing. I will take a review when it complete

  61. This is an amazing plugin and just another reason why Elegant Themes is the best value in WordPress!

  62. Fine thanks for the shortcodes!

  63. Nick, excellent! As always!

    I’m glad of being a ET User since 2009!

  64. Where can I find Shortcodes Plugin on the support page?
    I want to ask support something.

  65. How can I download the plugin?? Thanks!

  66. Really nice buttons!

    The price table is awesome too, really clean!

  67. Are these only available for the $89 membership? I can’t seem to download them (I’m at $39)

  68. Will the shortcodes work with the new builder plugin you guys just released?

    • Aran,

      I actually used the builder and the shortcode plugins yesterday. So, yes, the shortcodes do work with the new builder plugin.

  69. Question:
    I am interested in two of your plugins: Pricing Table and Testimonials.

    I would like to use them on a non-Elegant Theme.

    If I purchase the Developer package, will this be possible to use these two plugins on a Genesis Framework?

    I love your designs, but just want to use these two plugins on existing site that is not an Elegant Themes site.

    Are there any restrictions or conflicts?

    If not, I will become a new customer.

    Great designs by the way….


  70. This is fantastic! Love your shortcodes and so glad they’re available to use with any theme.

  71. You guys are seriously awesome.

  72. Does this plugin is only available to developer licence for new customer?
    I have it in my account as I am old customer but what licence new customer need to get this plugin?

  73. This is one of the darn killer stuffs of elegant themes that i like most. Simply awesome πŸ™‚

  74. great collection of shortcodes..:)

  75. Very elegant, and great shortcut for our new-bought theme πŸ™‚

  76. Pretty cool – although, I do have one beef –
    I have just utilised the tabbed content shortcodes for a whole website – only to discover it conflicts with handheld theme or doesn’t load at all – and so all content inside tabbed content and also the styled buttons shortcodes do not load on handheld mobile environ… resulting in a total recode without using these great elements.
    Disappointing because it seemed convenient but i recommend everyone test compatibility with ET Handheld before investing too much time using these shortcodes…
    Otherwise fantastic work from elegant themes!

  77. Hi
    Are you planning on releasing these shortcodes as responsive?


  78. Just joined your site. Can’t wait to give these shortcodes a try with a new theme I bought πŸ™‚

  79. I have been a member of Elegant Themes for a year or so and I really love them. All their theme releases have been fantastic and they have made it much easier for me to make my websites look amazing. And since I am such a fan of this website I thought it was about time I wrote an Elegant Themes Rating. http://stylewpthemes.com/elegant-themes-review

  80. Sorry ,my english is very poor.

    I was using the Foxy theme and the woocommerce plugins,
    This last was updated to version 2.0.14. IΒ΄m look that the “Short Codes” stopped working correctly. So I started to disable various plugins.

    at the time I uncheck “WooCommerce plugin” the “short codes” worked again

    I discovered that the problem is the version of “jquery” using WooCommerce. (v.1.10.2) and is required (v.1.3 or later)

    I solved the situation by installing “Updater jQuery” plugins and now work both “short codes” such as e-commerce plugins for “woocomerce” without problems

    maybe this information is useful for little people…

    thanks for developing so beautiful and practical products

    I send greetings from Chile

  81. This is a great idea.

    I am actually using the Wootheme Canvas theme for many of my blogs (because it is easy to customize).

    But I would love to take some of the short codes with me from the Elegant Themes.

  82. Hey Nick,

    This is great but I don’t get an option to download this plugin and just about every review on the shortcodes plugin indicates it is free to all members?

    I have basic membership. Please let me know. If this is not the case how do I purchase this plugin?

  83. Hey Nick

    I want to use these shortcodes on my non-wordpress site. The toggled content dropdown code would be perfect to use on my website Garden Beds Australia to show content without clogging up the homepage. I have the $39 membership to elegant themes.

  84. I am using shortcodes all the time. Could not be easier. Thanks again for an amazing product.

  85. Good work. Thank you.

  86. Thank you for this beautiful plugin πŸ™‚ Just bought it for a couple domains!

  87. Great one. Been using this for a couple of site, now i have several customers asking for this in particular. This definitely my favorite.

  88. I use the Suffusion theme. Currently I have pages such as this:

    Where I’ve created different sections via divs (someone helped with that; I’m a newbie at code).

    Looking at various shortcode plugins, I’ve noticed that I could create similar effects with shortcodes. And I’m wondering, first, whether one or the other is considered a better practice (uncluttered code, faster loads) and second, how the column shortcode responds when on a mobile devide β€” do the sections remain the same but shrink down, or do they ‘stack’ one above the other?

  89. the link in the post to see examples is broken …

  90. Great with a plugin with a lot of shortcodes for non – programmers like me.
    Might be using it for several of my new websites.
    Thank you it’s much appreciated

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