I have seen articles on how to add parameters to shortcodes, so that I can say something like [my-shortcode post_id=7], to pass a post ID to a shortcode.

Let's say I have a form on my page and the user enters something or selects something and based on that I want to refresh the content represented by the shortcode using user-supplied parameter(s).

How is this accomplished?


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Let's say you have a form that sends the data in the following way:

<form method="post" name="car-select" action="<?php echo site_url('/my-page/'); ?>">
    <select name="make">
        <option value="benz">Benz</option>
        <option value="bmw">BMW</option>
        <option value="audi">Audi</option>
    <input type="submit" value="Find my dream car!"/>

Now you want to query some posts based on users choice right? This is where $_POST comes in handy:

function my_shortcode_function($atts){
    // Get the ID from shortcode
    $id = $atts['post_id'];
    // Check if the form data has been sent
    if (isset($_POST['make']) && $id){
        $car_manufacturer = $_POST['make'];
        //Now, you have the form's data. Do whatever you want with it
        return $my_shortcode_values;

You have to extend this code to fit your needs, such as defining what to do if there is no form data.

  • I can see that this answers my question, but I don't have to pass a parameter to the shortcode, the function just has to get the POST data and do something with it. Jun 13, 2017 at 15:57

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