1. Add shortcode code to your functions.php file (you can access this from the Appearance -> Editor menu, on the right you will see Theme Functions)
2. Possibly change your theme css to make the new shortcode element look perfect
3. Use the shortcode to your heart’s content
Note: You need to be confident with a little PHP and CSS to get this done. If you make a mistake in the PHP and press save, you might not be able to get back into WordPress – I did this last week and had to go and remove my mistake via the cPanel directly. So be careful.
WordPress Editor – Add Your Own Styles
This one is similar to shortcodes, but in some ways a lot easier to use.
With a little bit of extra code, you can add custom options in your WordPress editor that you can apply to your content on the fly.
I use this kind of thing for adding boxes and borders to content that I want to highlight.
Here is an example of some text that I have placed in a red box. I simply highlighted it with my mouse and then chose “Red box” from my custom drop down in my editor. Cool, huh!
This is what the dropdown menu looks like in my editor
I have a bunch of boxes and lines that I can apply to break up or highlight my content. And I also have a photo credit style I use to make the photo credit font smaller.
You can do the same, or even more interesting things if you want, and all straight from your editor.
This requires a little more complex programming in your functions.php file. But it is reasonably straight forward if you have a bit of technical knowledge.
Get in touch if you want this kind of work done on your site. It is quite a cheap thing to get done.
And it can really add some great effects to your posts.
WordPress Custom Page Templates – Pages Exactly As You Want
Sometimes small tweaks and shortcodes are just not enough to achieve what you want on a page.
That is where WordPress custom pages come in handy.
You can create a custom template and add it to your theme, and then use it when you create a new page on your website.
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