Shortcodes Ultimate plugin
Last Update: May 22, 2016
I came across this useful looking plugin today and wondered if anyone here has any experience with it. It's free with some premium upsells and interests me as a way of adding premium features to my free WP theme.
There seem to be plenty of installs, favorable comments, and lots of features. I'm guessing it works OK, but are there any downsides, like slowing your site for example?
Yes any plugin that offers some of the features this one does can slow you site down but it is all relative and you need to look at everything as a whole.
For example it includes options like sliders,carousels,display a google map in a page/post. along with numerous box styles etc.
Individual plugins that do this can be resource hungry too but on the whole it is a good plugin.and frequently updated. I have never experienced any issues with it ... YET
As PJ stated install it on a siterubix site first, although not ideal as siterubix seems to be well ....slow to say the least which is not a good start
The more plugins, the more the updates and inevitably more options for incompatibility. so yet more testing. I test every plugin and every update on a test site 1st . Sometimes I even get to work on my live sites ; )
Best approach, very very easy to get stuck in that dreaded shiny object syndrome but with plugins. If it doesn't protect your site,move your business forward or benefit your customers it is not needed.
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Shortcodes are bit like aliases or Tags. that you can use to add different elements or objects into a blog post or page. So instead of having to type all the complex code you can just use these short "tags" or short codes instead.
You can use them for things like inserting images or special boxes
that look like postit notes or Price comparison tables that sort of thing.
A shortcode for inserting a note that looks like a postit might look like this
[NOTE] This is my note[/NOTE]
Though behind the scenes the shortcode [NOTE] might have a lot of other code.
If you look at my basic resources site
and see the " + Key" button at the top of the page , Click on that.
That is called a spoiler and has been done with a shortcode.
The text box above it has also been created with a shortcode
For these sort of shortcodes you do need to use a plugin.
but NO they are not needed but can be used to add extra functionality.