I'm working on a website of a client and I'm trying to add social media links to the customizer, which then can be called through get_theme_mod, via a shortcode. However, when trying to call them, I always get the default.

When I checked get_theme_mods, they didn't seem to be defined at all... However, in the theme customizer, the fields are there.

I tried using the following questions, but that didn't help me:
get_theme_mod(); returns nothing

The added customizer code is

// Add social links setting
$wp_customize->add_section( 'ta_pluton_social_links', array(
    'title'       => __( 'Social Media Links', 'ta_pluton' ),
    'description' => __( 'Links for the Social Media buttons on the home page.', 'ta_pluton' ),
    'priority'    => 10
) );

$social_links_default_settings = array(
        'default' => '#',

$wp_customize->add_setting('ta_pluton_social_link[facebook]', $social_links_default_settings);
$wp_customize->add_setting('ta_pluton_social_link[twitter]', $social_links_default_settings);
$wp_customize->add_setting('ta_pluton_social_link[googleplus]', $social_links_default_settings);
$wp_customize->add_setting('ta_pluton_social_link[tumblr]', $social_links_default_settings);
$wp_customize->add_setting('ta_pluton_social_link[youtube]', $social_links_default_settings);

$wp_customize->add_control('ta_pluton_social_link[facebook]', array(
    'label'      => __('Facebook URL', 'ta_pluton'),
    'section'    => 'ta_pluton_social_links',
    'settings'   => 'ta_pluton_social_link[facebook]',

$wp_customize->add_control('ta_pluton_social_link[twitter]', array(
    'label'      => __('Twitter URL', 'ta_pluton'),
    'section'    => 'ta_pluton_social_links',
    'settings'   => 'ta_pluton_social_link[twitter]',

$wp_customize->add_control('ta_pluton_social_link[googleplus]', array(
    'label'      => __('Google+ URL', 'ta_pluton'),
    'section'    => 'ta_pluton_social_links',
    'settings'   => 'ta_pluton_social_link[googleplus]',

$wp_customize->add_control('ta_pluton_social_link[tumblr]', array(
    'label'      => __('Tumblr URL', 'ta_pluton'),
    'section'    => 'ta_pluton_social_links',
    'settings'   => 'ta_pluton_social_link[tumblr]',

$wp_customize->add_control('ta_pluton_social_link[youtube]', array(
    'label'      => __('YouTube URL', 'ta_pluton'),
    'section'    => 'ta_pluton_social_links',
    'settings'   => 'ta_pluton_social_link[youtube]',

And this is the shortcode function:

 * Add a social media link shortcode
if( !function_exists( 'ta_pluton_social_media_shortcode' ) ) {
    function ta_pluton_social_media_shortcode( $atts ) {
        $attributes = shortcode_atts( array(
            'default' => '#'
        ), $atts );

        if ( !array_key_exists( 'media' ) ) {
            trigger_error('The social_media_link shortcode requires a medium to be selector, eg: [social_media_link media="facebook"]' );

        return get_theme_mod( 'ta_pluton_social_link[' . strtolower( $attributes['media'] ) . ']', $attributes['default'] ); 
    add_shortcode( 'social_media_link', 'ta_pluton_social_media_shortcode' );

1 Answer 1


In the Customizer code you need to do following change to work. You dont need ta_pluton_social_link[facebook] like array in Control. Check following example and modify accordingly to other fields also.

  $wp_customize->add_control('facebook', array(
      'label'      => __('Facebook URL', 'ta_pluton'),
      'section'    => 'ta_pluton_social_links',
      'settings'   => 'ta_pluton_social_link[facebook]',

To fetch URL you can use get_theme_mod. Check example below. Following snippet demonstrates fetching Facebook URL.

$ta_pluton_social_link = get_theme_mod( 'ta_pluton_social_link' );
$facebook_url = $ta_pluton_social_link['facebook'];
  • That didn't work for me, same thing as before.
    – MisterBla
    Commented May 17, 2015 at 11:31
  • Above code only solves the customizer options issue. Value will be saved properly. If you are talking about your shortcode function then there are lots of mistakes. In the question you were asking about not saving options. codex.wordpress.org/Shortcode_API Commented May 18, 2015 at 3:44
  • I don't think the issue is with my shortcode. I tried using get_theme_mod( 'ta_pluton_social_link[facebook]', '#' ) on its own, where the expected value is #Facebook as I defined in the customization, but the actual value is #, which is the default value.
    – MisterBla
    Commented May 18, 2015 at 4:41
  • Check the updated answer. It shows how to get social URL. Commented May 18, 2015 at 5:39
  • I found that you need to pass the name of the associated setting, see the settings property in the array.
    – MisterBla
    Commented May 30, 2015 at 17:30

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