I am trying to learn wordpress and php development. I have been trying to create my own shortcode to add a json pull that I can parse into scheduled posts. I have the base php working - I've been experimenting in phpfiddle.org but as soon as I add anything specific to wordpress things stop. I am posting this as a new question because it seems like the latest WP update is causing a lot of issues.

I am adding this code to functions.php:

add_shortcode('aggrenda', 'aggrenda_func');
function requestAggrendaEvents() {
    $json = file_get_contents("http://aggrenda.com/mpellas/michael-pellas/events.json");
    $data = json_decode($json, true);
    return $data['events'];

function getPostInfo($aggrendaEvent) {
    return array(
        "title" => $aggrendaEvent['title'],
        "description" => $aggrendaEvent['description'],

// Get the aggrenda events as an associative array
$aggrendaEvents = requestAggrendaEvents();

// Get the WordPress post information for the "next" event in Aggrenda
$postInfo = getPostInfo($aggrendaEvents[0]);

// TODO: Create a post using $postInfo
echo $postInfo['title'], '<br>';
echo $postInfo['description'], '<br>';

// See what exactly is in $postInfo right now

I'm sure i'm missing something small. Can anyone help?


1 Answer 1


Try removing the brackets and adding the full url:

$url = 'http://theurl.com';

And for clarity, it's best to use different names for the tag and function name:

add_shortcode('aggrenda', 'aggrenda_func');
function aggrenda_func() {

    $url = 'http://theurl.com';

    $response = wp_remote_get( $url );

  • Awesome! Thank you for the response. I did that and am now only getting a response with "array"...
    – mpellas
    Aug 24, 2015 at 1:22
  • OK...I used print_r instead of echo and i can now see the array. Next, I have to try and parse it.
    – mpellas
    Aug 24, 2015 at 1:27
  • Please accept the answer. wordpress.stackexchange.com/help/accepted-answer
    – shanebp
    Aug 24, 2015 at 13:56
  • Sorry I didn't earlier...another rookie mistake on my part.
    – mpellas
    Aug 24, 2015 at 14:58
  • I edited my orginal post for updated code. I tried it in phpfiddle.org and it works fine at pulling the string. I use it in functions.php and it pulls the string but not in a post...just a blank page shows up with the json string. If I change file_get_contents with wp_remote_get I get a null return. I need this JSON array in a WP post...
    – mpellas
    Aug 24, 2015 at 15:09

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