Shortcodes can be extremely handy to add extra functions or design features to your site, lots of themes these days have them built-in which probably isnt the best way to handle them as if you change themes you will lose functionality. A better way is to have them included within a plugin so even if you change themes, all those codes contained within your posts will still be there. There is a good range of free and commercial plugins which provide extra shortcode functionality and even let you create your own custom ones. So lets take a look what is on offer ...
Free Shortcode Plugins
Arconix Shortcode Collection
Arconix Shortcodes provides a number of useful design elements to compliment any website.
With this plugin you can easily create buttons, boxes, different sliders and much, much more. Turn your free theme to premiun in just a few clicks. Using Shortcodes Ultimate you can quickly and easily retrieve many premium themes features and display it on your site.
Shortcodes Pro allows quick and easy creation of WordPress shortcodes and TinyMCE rich editor buttons from the comfort of the WordPress interface.
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J Shortcodes plugin offers collection of useful shortcodes to compliment and enrich any wordpress theme, blog and website.
WP Boilerplate Shortcode
Provides a shortcode that when inserted will display the body from a referenced "boilerplate" post type.
Shortcode Exec PHP
Execute arbitrary, reusable PHP code in posts, pages, comments, widgets and RSS feeds using shortcodes in a safe and easy way
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This Plugin adds an admin UI for creating shortcodes without the need to code, edit code, or even know code.
Commercial Shortcode Plugins
All-In-One Shortcodes plugin allows you to add endless amount of easy-to-use shortcodes combinations of to ANY WordPress theme and customize the appearance of your content in seconds. Almost each shortcode comes loaded with practically unlimited colors, size and icon combinations.
Styles with Shortcodes for WordPress
This plugin lets you customize content faster and easier than ever before by using Shortcodes. Choose from 100 built in Shortcodes like; jQuery Accordion, Tabs and Toogle, Tooltips, Column Shortcodes, Gallery and Image Shortcodes, Button Styles, Alert Box Styles, Pullquotes, Blockquotes, Twitter buttons, Retweet button, Facebook Like, Follow me on Twitter buttons, Linkedin, Google +1, Flattr and many more.
CSS Tooltip add-on for Styles With Shortcode
We have created a Add-On plugin for Styles with Shortcodes, which makes it easier than ever to add beautiful looking CSS Tooltips and Speech Bubbles on your WordPress powered website.
Sliding Tabs add-on for Styles with Shortcodes
Create cool looking jQuery powered Sliding Tabs with the simplicity of Shortcodes in WordPress. Create any number of tabs and make them slidable with the mouse scroll wheel or the directional buttons.
Author Bio Add-on for Styles with Shortcode
The plugin adds 9 additional Shortcodes to the Styles with Shortcodes plugin. With this plugin you can easily insert Author Bio’s and Author Gravatar’s into Pages, Posts or Custom Post Types.
Image Zoom add-on for Styles with Shortcodes
With this plugin you can easily add zoom-in functionality to any image on your website. Choose between 4 different pre-defined CSS frames.
Icon List Shortcodes
Easy to use, reusable icon list entered as a shortcode in any page or post. 108 Icons Included (Mono by Tutorial9) or link to your own.
Tabbed Content Shortcode
A clean, easy to integrate, reusable tabbed content area for your WordPress themes.