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my shortcode output won't appear where I put it, but rather at the top of the content (top of the post/page content).

And here is my code

function service_shortcode_index() {
global $content;
$output = include ( TEMPLATEPATH . '/service.php' );
return $output;

add_shortcode('service_mid', 'service_shortcode_index');

there are some regular HTML lists with widget in "service.php"

The content displays correctly, just in the wrong position.

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I think your problem is with the $output = include .... statement. include() returns true or false based whether it was successful - not the content of the file being included. Use output buffering to get the content.

function service_shortcode_index() {
    global $content;
    include ( TEMPLATEPATH . '/service.php' );
    $output = ob_get_clean();
    return $output;

add_shortcode('service_mid', 'service_shortcode_index');
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Thanks @joseph its great.... – Nisha_at_Behance Oct 10 '12 at 16:06
the exception to this is if the included file returns its output, for example if service.php contained just return 'something';, 'something' would get assigned to $output rather than true/false. – Milo Oct 10 '12 at 16:22
Thanks for letting me know, @Milo! – Joseph Leedy Oct 10 '12 at 17:09

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