I am building a static landing page on WordPress root folder, and I need to import some shortcodes from an existing page located in wp-content directory.

What I do is import with $post = get_post($post_id) the post containing my shortcode, then I extract it ->

$output = apply_filters( 'the_content', $post->post_content );

Finally I do ->

echo do_shortcode($output);

The issue here is that on the page I got displayed only the raw format of the shortcode, like [shortcode];

There is a way to convert shortcodes into plain html so my page can display it correctly or I am missing some require/include somewhere? I already added define( 'WP_USE_THEMES', false ); require "wp-load.php";

2 Answers 2


First of all, you have a syntax error. If your shortcode is stored in the $output variable, you would need to call echo do_schortcode($output);.

But, wouldn't simply the_content(); do the trick? I believe the shortcodes would be processed if you do this.

You can make a new query with WP_Query, and then use the_content() in the loop.

$args = array(
  'post_type' => 'post', // This selects only posts
  'post_status' => 'publish' // Only published posts
// The Query
$the_query = new WP_Query( $args );

// The Loop
if ( $the_query->have_posts() ) {
    echo '<ul>';
    while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) {
        $the_query->the_post(); ?>
        <li><?php the_content(); ?></li>
    <?php }
    echo '</ul>';
    /* Restore original Post Data */
} else {
    // no posts found
  • I update my question, that was a typo :) however, where should I place the_content()? I am totally new to wordpress, even id I know that is a basic wordpress function I would like to know where to place it in my code Sep 12, 2018 at 13:54
  • I've updated my answer, see if that works for you.
    – Pim
    Sep 12, 2018 at 14:02

For other who wonders about it: I resolved adding WPBMap::addAllMappedShortcodes(); to my function, which renders all shortcodes!

define( 'WP_USE_THEMES', false ); 
require_once "wp-load.php";
require_once "wp-content/themes/salient/functions.php";
Function that gets an object containing post data
and returns in output the post_content value.

Return string.
function get_post_content(){

    //renderize shortcode

    $post = get_post(INSERT_POST_NUMBER);
    $output = apply_filters( 'the_content', $post->post_content );
    $value = do_shortcode($output);
    return $value;

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