Within a span, the shortcode output works:

<span>[sola_testimonials_count type='all']</span>


But as an attribute value, it doesn't get parsed:

<span data-value="[sola_testimonials_count type=\'all\']"></span>

<span data-value="[sola_testimonials_count type=\'all\']"></span>

This is a third-party plug-in, but I obviously have the code and can manipulate it. Is there a way I can get the shortcode to parse as an HTML attribute value? I'm not a Wordpress developer so forgive me if this is an obvious answer.

Many thanks!

  • This is in a theme file? Or inside the text editor for a post or a page?
    – nibnut
    Jan 27 '17 at 21:01
  • You could make the shortcode to output everything including the HTML
    – David Lee
    Jan 27 '17 at 21:59
  • It's in a plug-in called Sola Testimonials. I can edit the plug-in and re-upload the zip file. Jan 28 '17 at 2:25

I am not good at Regex but do_shortcode will basically will not parse any shortcode in the attributes, this might help you out:

add_filter('the_content', function($c){
    $pattern = '/<span\s*(.*?)data-value=["\']?\[(.*?)\]["\']?\s*(.*?)>\s*(.*?)\s*<\/span>/si';
    $c = preg_replace_callback($pattern, function($c){
        return isset( $c[2] ) ? str_replace(
        ) : array_pop($c);
    }, $c);
    return $c;
  • Thanks Samuel- I appreciate the tip. I'll leave this open for a bit in case someone else is able to think of something. Cheers! Jan 31 '17 at 16:47

I realize this thread is from January, but I just wanted to briefly point out that, as documented in the codex, shortcodes are allowed inside html attributes.



This is not exactly what you are asking but maybe can help to find the solution

/* this simulates your shortcode [sola_testimonials_count type='all'] */
function num_sc( $atts ) { return '5,205'; }
add_shortcode( 'num', 'num_sc' );

/* use like this [test]...[/test] to obtain <span data-value="5,205">...</span> */
function test_sc( $atts, $content = null ) {
    remove_filter( 'the_content', 'wpautop' );
    $content = apply_filters( 'the_content', '<span data-value="[num]">' . $content . '</span>' );
    add_filter( 'the_content', 'wpautop' );
    return $content;
add_shortcode( 'test', 'test_sc' );


/* INPUT */
AAA [test]this is a test[/test] BBB
AAA <span data-value="5,205">this is a test</span> BBB

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