This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

Better Shortcodes for TinyMCE


By creating shortcodes in the settings area of the WordPress admin, this plugin
creates a list of selectable easy to read and remember shortcodes directly in the
TinyMCE editor! Whaaaat? Yes, you read that correctly, we made something that we
felt could help our clients out as well as ourselves while we craft content.


  • Settings Screen from WordPress Admin.
  • Ordering Shortcodes.
  • Selecting shortcode using TinyMCE.
  • Selected text wrapped in a theme shortcode!
  • Selected a Complex Shortcode


  1. Upload the folder better-shortcodes to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Set Options and create your first item in the Shortcodes Admin Menu Link
  4. Place shortcodes in your post(s) or pages using the drop down list!
  5. Wait for the golf tournament style clapping to start.


Does this work with the latest version of the tinyMCE editor?

It sure does!

Can you easily order the list if you need to make changes or additons later?

Why Yes, yes you can.

Will you think your life is “better” because of this plugin?

On certain days, most definitely.

Contributors & Developers

“Better Shortcodes for TinyMCE” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Removed Default Post and Page restriction Now works with Custom Post Types


  • Added Backup and Restore feature
  • Moved Menu item outside of settings
  • General UI fixes


  • Fixed corrupted upload of Version 2.0
  • Only tested on Version 4.1.1


  • Initial Installation bug fix (would not allow creation of shortcodes)
  • Only tested on Version 4.1.1


  • Removed the Export Link in the admin menu – not quite there yet!


  • Rewrote the plugin code for the new tinyMCE 4.0 level editor


  • CSS fix for Chrome Browser (removes extra arrow in admin area)


  • Added option to not close tag
  • Allow for more complicated Shortcodes with variable values
  • Added Help section to the Admin Page
  • Included JavaScript on edit and create pages only
  • Minor CSS fixes for the Admin Page


  • First release