Do you also experience this particular notice? ( Of course one has to turn on the DEBUG mode at the wp-config.php to be able to see this kind of a notice ).

> Notice: add_shortcode_param is deprecated since version 4.4 (will be
> removed in 5.1)! Use vc_add_shortcode_param instead. in
> F:\inetpub\wwwroot\.......\wp-includes\functions.php on line 3783

Since this is coming from one of the core files, it has puzzled me as how it made it to production as such or I'm reading this entire thing in a wrong way.

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    It is actually saying add_shortcode_param is deprecated. Use vc_add_shortcode_param instead of add_shortcode_param. vc_add_shortcode_param is the upgraded version of add_shortcode_param.
    – CodeMascot
    Jan 6, 2017 at 6:33

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1) Looks like you are using the Visual Composer Plugin which is a legacy version which has a deprecated function. If you are using old version upgrade your Visual Composer plugin to the latest version which is 5.0.1.

2) Another case might be your are using a theme which might be using Visual Composer as a third-party plugin and has some Visual Composer Addons which is not updated and still uses that add_shortcode_param

Manual Solutions Find in theme files for add_shortcode_param. If it doesn't show any then look for the same in your third-party plugins used by your theme and if found then replace those function names with vc_add_shortcode_param

  • My bad. I did not see the vc_ prefix. Surely it is the visual composer. Thx. Jan 6, 2017 at 13:14
  • I though you were not aware of the VC and asked about it. I'm glad my answer helped you.
    – Maqk
    Jan 6, 2017 at 14:01
  • thank you... the part "\wp-includes\functions.php" got me! Thought the culprit was coming from the WP Core. Can't believe a plugin as big as VC is still shipping with deprecated functions. thanks for the pointer. Jan 7, 2017 at 18:31

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