I'm trying to create a front-end registration form for my Wordpress website. The registration form is in the header, so any plugins I've seen don't work as they use shortcodes.

Look at my website for a better explanation. I want the registration form to work in the dropdown box at the top of the page.

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    How did you try that? Couldn’t you just use the callback functions for the shortcode handlers?
    – fuxia
    Oct 17, 2012 at 18:03
  • I didn't know this was possible outside of the loop. Thanks!
    – Swen
    Oct 18, 2012 at 14:29

2 Answers 2


If you were to use a plugin that uses shortcode you can call it in your template by using this in your template:

<?php echo do_shortcode ('[your-shortcode]'); ?>

You can also do something similar to this form / code below for a front end login:

<form method="post" action="<?php bloginfo('url') ?>/wp-login.php" class="wp-user-form">
            <div class="username">
                <label for="user_login"><?php _e('Username'); ?>: </label>
                <input type="text" name="log" value="<?php echo esc_attr(stripslashes($user_login)); ?>" size="20" id="user_login" tabindex="11" />
            <div class="password">
                <label for="user_pass"><?php _e('Password'); ?>: </label>
                <input type="password" name="pwd" value="" size="20" id="user_pass" tabindex="12" />
            <div class="login_fields">
                <div class="rememberme">
                    <label for="rememberme">
                        <input type="checkbox" name="rememberme" value="forever" checked="checked" id="rememberme" tabindex="13" /> Remember me
                <?php do_action('login_form'); ?>
                <input type="submit" name="user-submit" value="<?php _e('Login'); ?>" tabindex="14" class="user-submit" />
                <input type="hidden" name="redirect_to" value="<?php echo $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']; ?>" />
                <input type="hidden" name="user-cookie" value="1" />
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    I'm using the do_shortcode tag now. Thanks a bunch!
    – Swen
    Oct 18, 2012 at 14:29
  • Glad to of helped. :) if this worked for you please do not forget to up vote and accept as your answer. @Swen
    – Nicole
    Oct 18, 2012 at 14:38

I recently needed similar stuff and went with a sliding panel. Released it on plugins repo - schemeable-sliding-panel. See whether it suits your requirement.

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