I've use the following code for an enclosing shortcode and it works perfectly in the posts.

function date_code($attr, $content)
   return '<h3>' . $content . '</h3>';

add_shortcode('datecode', 'date_code');

But when I try to use it in a page template using http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/do_shortcode it's not working.

I've use the following code in my template:

echo do_shortcode( '[datecode]' . $content . '[/datecode]' );

Please help me since the non-enclosing shortcode works fine with do_shortcode. And, I'm ignorant with regards to using enclosing shortcode in a page template.

I want to display the shortcode in the page template like in the posts. Thanks in advance.

  • The above code works perfectly for me. What are you setting as $content when you use do_shortcode? Jan 24, 2012 at 10:30
  • where is $content defined in your template? how does 'it is not working' show?
    – Michael
    Jan 24, 2012 at 10:41
  • @Stephen Harris: I'm not setting anything as $content. I don't know how to display the shortcode inside a page template. Please guide me. Jan 24, 2012 at 10:52

1 Answer 1


The shortcode wraps something in header tags. For the shortcode to work you need to provide that something.

Your code above works fine, you just need to set $content='My header text'; prior to echoing the shortcode in your template. currently you are not wrapping anything in the header tags.

But you shouldn't need to use a shortcode for wrapping in HTML tags- just use the html:

<h1> My header text</h1>

rather than

   <?php echo do_shortcode( '[datecode]' .'My header text'. '[/datecode]' ); ?>
  • Not working with your tip. Seems to be like that I've missed somewhere. I've tried by removing the <h3> tag, but in vain. Should I modify the function itself ? Jan 25, 2012 at 12:34
  • The do_shortcode code in my answer works fine with the shortcode you've defined in your question. It takes the 'My header text' and wraps in <h3> tags. If you are still having problems, edit your question to include what are doing in your template. Jan 25, 2012 at 13:13
  • I don't want to change the original function. Please guide me how to display the shortcode in a template with the help of a source code example. Jan 27, 2012 at 4:13
  • If you put the function and the add_shortcode from your question into your functions.php file and then use the do_shortcode in my answer in a template it works fine. If it doesn't work for you, you'll need to post your code for me to see what you are doing wrong. Jan 27, 2012 at 13:37

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