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I am trying to place a shortcode inside another shortcode within a page template, however the various attempts I've made seem to not do anything.

Here's how my code looks now -

<?php echo do_shortcode('[shortcode]' .$shortcode2. '[/shortcode]');?>

I've also tried these -

<?php echo do_shortcode('[shortcode]$shortcode2[/shortcode]');?>

<?php echo do_shortcode('[shortcode]{$shortcode2}[/shortcode]');?>

What am I doing wrong?

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The function that outputs the shortcode (i.e. the one called by add_shortcode) must be correctly written to allow this. It should contain the do_shortcode handler within its output. If you paste your shortcode functions code I can check it and provide a full answer. – Simon Blackbourn Apr 9 '13 at 0:02
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Have you tried setting the output of the first do_shortcode inside the second call?

$output = do_shortcode('[first_shortcode]Some content[/first_shortcode]');
echo do_shortcode('[second_shortcode]'.$output.'[/second_shortcode]');
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WOW AWESOME thanks! It worked – mygm26 Apr 8 '13 at 23:59
Fantastic, do you mind hitting the check mark next to my answer so that others searching in the future can see your question was resolved? Happy coding. – Andrew Bartel Apr 9 '13 at 0:00
This does work, but it shouldn't be necessary. If the shortcode functions are correctly written you can do echo do_shortcode( '[first][second][third]hello[/third][/second][/first]' ). – Simon Blackbourn Apr 9 '13 at 0:24
@SimonBlackbourn I tried putting the shortcode inside the shortcode but it didn't work. I didn't write the shortcode functions so Im not sure what was done right or wrong. Thanks though. – mygm26 Apr 9 '13 at 1:36

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