Right now I'm creating shortcodes like this:

function short_code($atts) {
  $a = shortcode_atts( array(
    'name' => ''
  ), $atts );

return '<div class="content">
  <div class="container">
    <p>' . esc_attr($a['name']) . '</p>
add_shortcode( 'short-code', 'short_code' );

// Usage: [short-code name="John"]

How to do it so I can have incremental shortcodes? In other words, to modify the shortcode so I can do this? [short-code name="John" name="Jack" name="Mary"] and produce something like this?

<div class="content">
  <div class="container">

I searched on Google but I couldn't find anything.

1 Answer 1


What you want is to use shortcode attributes. I Googled "wordpress shortcode attributes" and found the sample code below in the WP Codex

// [bartag foo="foo-value"]
function bartag_func( $atts ) {
    $a = shortcode_atts( array(
        'foo' => 'something',
        'bar' => 'something else',
    ), $atts );

    return "foo = {$a['foo']}";
add_shortcode( 'bartag', 'bartag_func' );

You would want to pass an array for the example you show in your question

[short-code names="John", "Jack", "Mary"]

You can get the list of names by following the sample code and accessing the names array:

foreach($a['names'] as $name){
    echo "<p>$name</p>";

Edit: Just to be clear you would get the array from args as such:

$a = shortcode_atts( array(
    'names' => 'names'
), $atts );

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