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Elementor is one of the most popular page builders for WordPress, known for its easy drag-and-drop interface, stunning templates and widgets, and powerful integrations. However, one of the lesser-known features of Elementor is the ability to use shortcodes to add dynamic content and functionality to your pages or posts. In this guide, we’ll show you how to add shortcodes in Elementor, step-by-step.

Step 1: Install the Shortcode Plugin

The first thing you need to do is to install a plugin that allows you to use shortcodes within Elementor. One of the best options is the Shortcode Elementor widget, which you can download for free from the WordPress plugin directory. After installation, you should be able to see the Shortcode widget in the Elementor panel under “Widgets.”

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Step 2: Add the Shortcode Widget to Your Page

Once you have installed the Shortcode Elementor widget, select the page or post where you want to add the shortcode. Open the Elementor editor and drag the Shortcode widget to the desired location on the canvas. You can then paste the shortcode in the input field provided.

Step 3: Customize the Shortcode Widget

After adding the Shortcode widget to your page, you can customize it to fit your design needs. You can adjust the padding, margin, background, and border settings of the widget, and add any other Elementor widget inside the shortcode container. You can also use Elementor’s Live Preview feature to see the changes in real-time.

Step 4: Publish Your Page or Post

Once you’ve added and customized your shortcode widget, you can publish the page or post and see the shortcode in action. Note that some shortcode plugins may require you to change some settings or add some code snippets in your functions.php file to work correctly. Make sure to read the plugin documentation thoroughly before using any shortcode.

Step 5: Use Shortcodes in Elementor Templates

Aside from using shortcodes in individual pages or posts, you can also add them to your Elementor templates. This is especially useful if you want to reuse a particular shortcode across multiple pages or posts without having to add them manually. To do this, create a new Elementor template and add the Shortcode widget to it, then paste the shortcode in the input field. You can then use this template as a base for your pages or posts.


Adding shortcodes in Elementor is a powerful way to add dynamic content, functionality, and integration to your pages or posts. By following the steps above, you can easily add and customize shortcodes using the Shortcode Elementor widget, and even use them in your Elementor templates. Remember to test and preview your pages or posts before publishing, and always read the plugin documentation to ensure compatibility and best practices. With shortcodes, your Elementor pages and posts can be even more versatile and engaging.

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