I'm sure I'm missing something simple, as I rarely use shortcodes, but I can't seem to get the following shortcode to work.

I want it to be an "enclosing" short tag vs. a "self-closing", but its being treated as the latter.

[bio_image name="my name" title="my title"]
//image media in post content

with this functions.php code:

function bio_image_func( $atts, $content = null) {
    extract( shortcode_atts( array(
        'name' => 'employee',
        'title' => 'mastermind',
    ), $atts ) );
    return '<div class="team_photo"><p class="team_title"><span class="name">' . $name . '</span> <span class="title">' . $title . '</span></p>' . $content . '</div>';

add_shortcode( 'bio_image ', 'bio_image_func' );   


<div class="team_photo">
  <p class="team_title">
    <span class="name">my name</span> 
    <span class="title">my title</span>

<img src="my_img_src" ... />


As you can see, the closing tag is just being printed out. Any suggestions?

for reference: the shortcode codex page

1 Answer 1


Remove the space after the shortcode name.

add_shortcode( 'bio_image ', 'bio_image_func' );


add_shortcode( 'bio_image', 'bio_image_func' );

I think WordPress is looking for a closing tag for bio_image[space], which doesn't exist.

  • 1
    lol sorry! You were right when you said "I'm sure I'm missing something simple" ;) Jun 21, 2012 at 23:08

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