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Hi – in my theme (mystile) i am limited to determine the number of featured products displayed on the homepage. But I cannot assign the columns. Shortcode does not apply because the homepage is generic and cannot be altered in the backend. I can, of course change the number of columns in the plugin source file (class-wc-shortcode.php, line 76), but that will be lost with the next update. I am not very good with php and i scanned similar questions. I tried several methods to filter this value but none of them worked. Here is my approach:

/*different values for featured prod shortcode*/
function my_shortcode_val( $atts ) {
$atts = shortcode_atts( array(
        'per_page' => '12',
        'columns'  => '2',
        'orderby'  => 'date',
        'order'    => 'desc'
    ), $atts );
return $atts;
}
add_filter( 'featured_products', 'my_shortcode_val' );

But that does not work. Is there a way to override the value for columns or any shortcode value? Thanks for your help.

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Alright I want to post this here because of the title of your question.

There is a way to change shortcode attributes, but it will also rely on what the developer of the plugin has done. When a plugin is developed with a shortcode there is an option to use the shortcode_atts() function. This happens most of the time I would say but what some people don't know is that there is a way to let this be modified with a filter. In most plugins you will see something like this:

shortcode_atts( array(
                       'name'                  => get_bloginfo( 'title' ),
                       'description'           => '',
    ), $atts );

This is fairly common, however there is one more attribute that can be used:

shortcode_atts( array(
                       'name'                  => get_bloginfo( 'title' ),
                       'description'           => '',
    ), $atts, 'shortcode_name' );

See the shortcode_name that got added as a parameter? Well what this does is creates a filter in WordPress that can be used by others. The format to add a filter for this now looks like this:

add_filter( 'shortcode_atts_shortcode_name', 'do_something', 10, 3 );

So we can create an actual filter function like this:

    function do_something( $out, $pairs, $atts ) {      
        if( empty( $out['name'] ) ) {
            $out['name'] = 'This will never be empty now';
        }

        return $out;
    }
   add_filter( 'shortcode_atts_shortcode_name', 'do_something', 10, 3 );

References:

https://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/shortcode_atts http://hookr.io/4.1.1/filters/shortcode_atts_shortcode/

Ok so I wrote that up in case others get to this page based on your title.

I think that your problem is a bit different - and also WC does not seem to have it setup to allow the filter I explained above.

Looking at their code around where you pointed out it looks like there is an action hook you can hook into: <?php do_action( "woocommerce_shortcode_before_{$loop_name}_loop" ); ?>

If you can figure out what the $loop_name is for your specific case then I image something like this should work (untested):

function change_wc_col() {
    global $woocommerce_loop;

    $woocommerce_loop['columns'] = 3; // Or whatever number of columns you want here
}
add_action( 'woocommerce_shortcode_before_{$loop_name}_loop', 'change_wc_col' );

That seems like it would change the columns value that you stated you are looking to change.

Sorry for the wall of text, but I hope this helps set you in the right direction at least.

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    Please don't use extract() in shortcodes, or any other functions. It was completely removed from core for very specific reasons and the codex was also updated accordingly. – Pieter Goosen May 12 '15 at 5:44
  • @PieterGoosen Yup 100% agreed. I don't use them in my code and I should have just kept them out. I was trying to keep it close to what many plugins will look like for example purposes. I have removed them though to keep the example code in compliance with WP standard coding practices. Thanks for you input. – Nick Young May 12 '15 at 5:47
  • @NickYoung – i tested your proposal. Sorry, it doesn't work. But i figured out a another solution. It is of course not very elegant, but i can bring the whole public function from class-wc-shortcodes.php into my functions.php. Then i can alter the values. But it's a crude solution. Thanks for your help. – timholz May 12 '15 at 16:32
  • @timholz no problem. I wasn't sure if it would be the right solution. I wanted to get the information about changing shortcode attributes out there and then hopefully get you started in the right direction. Glad you were able to get it working! – Nick Young May 12 '15 at 22:19
  • @NickYoung – thanks.Your help is much appreciated. – timholz May 13 '15 at 14:26

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