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The Live Shortcodes plugin lets you quickly and easily add cool things to posts and pages with minimal effort by configuring and inserting shortcode.

Shortcode is a WordPress-specific code that enables you to do things that normally would require lots of complicated, ugly code.

Cool things you can add using the Live Shortcode plugin include:

  • Accordions
  • Toogles
  • Tabs
  • Dividers
  • Buttons
  • Sidebar
  • List Posts/Pages
  • List Categories/Tags
  • Reader Content
  • RSS
  • My Class Blogs
  • My Class Recent Posts
  • Slider
  • Reader Content Slider/Grid

Using Add Shortcodes

Once you have activated the Live Shortcode plugin in Plugins > All. go to Posts > Add New or Pages > Add New and you will see the Add Shortcodes button above your content area.

Add Shortcodes

When you click the Add Shortcodes button, a window will open showing you everything that can be added to your post using a shortcode.

Shortcode modules

To select a shortcode, simply click on the one you want to add to your post.

Configuring Your Shortcode

Once you click a shortcode feature, a window will open allowing you to configure the feature before inserting it into your post.

Accordion

After you have configured your shortcode feature, click the Insert Shortcode button to add the shortcode to your post.

Insert Shortcode

There will be different configuration options for each shortcode item.

Accordions

Accordions allow you to add content to your post in attractive expandable/collapsible areas. This is a great space saving feature that lets you add a lot of content without creating a long page.

The configuration options for the accordions allow you to enter content, select the colors of your accordion tabs and the tab’s text, and select the shape of your accordion.

Accordion options

As you add content to your accordion…

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…your changes will update in the live accordion preview.

accordion_preview

Once you are happy with your accordion, click the Insert Shortcode button to add it to your post.

Toogles

Toogles are like accordions but don’t close when already open content when you open new toogles.

Toogles allow you to add content to your post in attractive expandable/collapsible areas. This is a great space saving feature that lets you add a lot of content without creating a long page.

The configuration options for the toogles allow you to enter content, select the colors of your accordion tabs and the tab’s text, and select the shape of your toogle.

As you add content to your toogles…

Configure Toogle

…your changes will update in the live toogle preview.

Toogle Preview

Tabs

Tabs shortcode allows you to enter content into tabbed areas. Users can click on the different tabs to view the tab’s content.

Tabs configuration allows you to first enter the content for each of the tabs you want to include.

Tabs

After entering your content, you can use the styling options to select tabs’ background and font colors as well as choose their shape.

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As you make changes to your tabs, the changes will be reflected in the live tabs preview.

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Once you are happy with your tabs, click the Insert Shortcode button to add them to your post.

Dividers

Dividers add visual interest to your post and are a stylish way to divide content.

When adding a divider, you will be able to choose the style of the divider. All dividers allow you to set the spacing before and after the divider, but only the first three dividers allow you to use the color and size options.

Divider Styling

Once your divider is styled the way you want it, click Insert Shortcode to add it to your post.

Buttons

You can add nice looking buttons to your blog with a shortcode. The configuration options will allow you to edit the button label and the URL to which it links.

Buttons

The styling options let you choose the color, size, shape and position of the button. You can also choose whether the button opens your link in the same window or a new window.

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As you update your button styling, the live button preview will update to reflect your changes.

Example of a button

Once you are happy with your button, click the Insert Shortcode button to add your button to your post.

Latest Posts

The Latest Posts shortcode allows you to easily add your most recent posts to a post or page.

The configuration options for Latest Posts let you choose an ordered list, an unordered list, or a list with no style applied. You can choose the number of posts to display (up to 20), and whether or not to include the publish date, a post excerpt, or the post author. You can also choose specific categories or tags to from which to pull posts.

Latest posts

As you change the configuration, your changes is reflected in the live preview of your Latest Posts list.

latest_posts

Once you are happy with the configuration options, click the Insert Shortcode button to insert your latest posts into your page.

Sidebar

The sidebar shortcode enables you to display content from a chosen sidebar into a post or page.

Select the sidebar to display from the drop down menu…

Sidebar option

As you select a sidebar the content is displayed in the preview window.

Sidebar preview

Reader Content

This shortcode allows you to add posts from your Reader into a post or page.

The configuration options for this shortcode allow you to choose the number of posts to display (up to 20), and whether or not to display the post date, the post excerpt, and the post author.

You can choose to display posts from one of four Reader feeds: Following, Recent Posts, My Posts, and My Sites.

Posts

As you update your Reader Content configuration, the live preview of your Reader Content will be updated.

Reader preview

Once you are happy with the Reader Content configuration, click the Insert Shortcode button to insert it into your post.

My Class Blogs

This shortcode is only visible to users who have a class blog set up using My Class. It will allow you to display a list of your Class blogs and Student blogs in your post.

The configuration options allow you to choose whether or not to show only public blogs. You can choose whether to have your blogs listed alphabetically, by most recently updated, or randomly. Finally, you can choose how many student blogs to display (up to 100).

My Class blogs

As you update the configuration options, the live preview of your Class Blogs list will be updated.

My Class

Once you are happy with the configuration of your Class Blogs List, click the Insert Shortcode button to add your list to your post.

My Class Recent Posts

This shortcode is only visible to users who have a class blog set up using My Class. It allows you to display the most recent posts from your Class blogs and Student blogs.

The configuration options for this shortcode simply allow you to choose the number of student posts to display (up to 20), and whether or not to display the post date and post excerpt.

My Class Recent posts

As you update the configuration options, the live preview of your recent posts list will be updated.

My Class Recent posts preview

Once you are happy with the configuration of your recent posts list, click the Insert Shortcode button to insert the list into your post.

Slider

This shortcode is used to insert simple sliders into posts and pages.

You add the first slide as follows:

1. Click on Visual Editor.

Click on Visual Editor

2.  Click on Add Media.

Click on Add Media

3.  Upload the media file from your computer or insert it from your media library.

Sliders support a range of media files including images and videos.

4.  Add the title and caption then click Insert Into Post.

Add title

5.  Click Save.

Click Save

6.  Click Add New to add your next slide.

Click Add New

7.  Click on Visual Editor on the new slide.

Click on Visual Editor

8.  Click on Add Media, upload or insert your new media file, then click Insert into Post and Save.

Click Save

9.  You can add as many slides as you want by clicking on Add New each time you want to add a new slide.

10.  As you add new slides, the changes are reflected in the live preview of your slider.

Slider Preview

11.  The configuration options lets you change animation, slider autoplay, navigation arrows, Navigation dots, color of arrows and dots, width of slider and height.

12.  Once you are happy with your slider, click the Insert Shortcode button to add your slider to your post.

Reader Content Slider/Grid

This shortcode allows you to add posts from your Reader into a post or page as a Grid or a Slider.

The configuration options for this shortcode allow you to choose to display as a grid or slider, the number of posts to display, and whether or not to display the post image, post date, the post excerpt, and the post author.

You can choose to display posts from the following Reader feeds: Following, My Posts, My Sites, My Class, Popular posts, Recent Posts and lists.

Reader content

As you update your Reader Content Slider/Grid configuration, the live preview of your Reader Content Slider/Grid will be updated.

Reader Grid