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.



If you are looking for an easier way to create and manage embedded HTML and shortcodes then this is it. Embedder allows you
to create as many HTML embeds as you like without writing a single line of PHP code (though if you need to
do it, Embedder allows you to do that too).

Create local HTML embeds for blog post simply by adding one or more custom fields. Any custom field
name enclosed in square brackets [] will be recognized as an embed when used in the post.

For example, you can quickly create your own tag language for posts (and comments) by adding
custom fields like [b], [i], [quote], [link], etc.

And embed YouTube videos, Google Maps, Facebook and Twitter buttons, and much more in a matter of a few seconds.

Embed attributes makes it easy to add much more flexibility to your embeds.
For example, to highlight any text in your posts (and comments), just add the following custom field:

    Name: [color]
    Value: <span style="color:%col%">%content%</style>

Then, in your posts, you can use the embed like this:

    The quick [color col="brown"]brown[color] fox 
    jumps over the [color col="yellow"]lazy dog[/color].

The %col% attribute is replaced by the value you set, and the special %content%
attribute is replaced by the text between the open and close embed tags.

If you want to use your embeds in all your posts, or use them in your sidebar widgets,
you can create global HTML embeds using the Manage Embeds settings page,
and take advantage of the following advanced features:

  • Use embed attributes to increase the flexibility of your embedded HTML.
  • Nested embeds (including a workaround to WordPress’s nested shortcode problems)
  • Set default values for your attributes.
  • Use embeds in titles and comments too.
  • Auto-embed HTML at the top and bottom of blog posts and pages.
  • Include or exclude auto-embeds from posts/pages based on tags, categories, or parent pages.
  • Wrap your embeds in a div or span to modify an embed’s position or appearance.
  • Call out to a user-specified PHP function to generate the embed’s HTML for you.
  • Use global embeds in sidebar widgets too, including widget titles.
  • Embed groups — group your global embeds to keep them organized
  • Import and export embeds. Share your embeds with others, or make backups for safekeeping.
  • Support for embedding all unicode characters (e.g. Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, etc).
  • Wrap embeds with individual CSS styles.
  • NEW!! Ajaxified Embedder Manager makes managing your embeds much easier and faster.
  • NEW!! Powerful new Embedder parser that solves WordPress shortcode problems.

For more information, go to the Embedder Plugin’s Home Page
where you will find extensive documentation for the plugin, and the
Embedder Plugin Support Forum.

If you decide the Embedder a whirl, please let me know how you get on by
leaving feedback in the Embedder Plugin Support Forum.
There is no need to register, just go there and post your comments.

Known issues

None so far.


Installation Instructions:

  1. Navigate to the Plugins >> Add New page in your blog’s administration section.
  2. Search for Embedder.
  3. Locate the plugin in the list then click Install and follow the on-screen instructions.

Getting Started:

Click here for a quick start guide to creating your first embed.


If I put two embeds right next to each other in a post (e.g. [myvid][mylink]) the second embed doesn’t work. Why not?

By default, the plugin uses the WordPress shortcode feature to do the embedding, and there is a long-standing
bug in the shortcode parser where it skips past the first character after the end of a embed tag, so
it misses the second embed completely.

To fix this problem, simply select the option to use the new Embedder parser
at the top of the Settings >> Embeds administration page.

Using an embed nested inside the another instance of the same embed didn’t work as I expected. What happened?

By default, the plugin relies on WordPress’s shortcode parser to find the start and end tags of embeds, but the
parser fails when you put one copy of an embed inside another with the same name. This is a well known
WordPress limitation.

To fix this problem, simply select the option to use the new Embedder parser
at the top of the Settings >> Embeds administration page.

What are the minimum versions of software the plugin has been tested with?
  • WordPress 2.5 is the known minimum required (will definitely not work with older versions of WordPress)
  • WordPress 3.0.1 is the minimum version the plugin has been tested on
  • PHP5 5.2.6 (will probably work with earlier versions of PHP4 and PHP5)
  • MYSQL 5.0.5 (will probably work with earlier versions of MYSQL 4.0 and 5.0)

Contributors & Developers

“Embedder” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.


Version 1.3.3

  • Minor fixes to use new WordPress APIs. No new function.
  • Tested with WordPress 3.9 (should work with earlier 3.x releases)

Version 1.3.2

  • Another bug fix release. No new function.

Version 1.3.1

  • Fix bugs causing problems with PHP4 and Windows

Version 1.3

  • Ajaxified the Embed Manager page.
  • Add a new parser for embedding to replace the limited and buggy shortcode feature.
  • A couple of minor fixes.
  • Refactoring the source code.

Version 1.2

  • Add support for embedding unicode (UTF8) characters in embeds.
  • Add support for wrapping embeds with individual CSS styles.

Version 1.1.1

Minor but important bug fixes to import and enable/disable embeds.

Version 1.1

  • Fixed the Contextual Help
  • Renamed the export tag to prevent clash with WordPress’s built-in [embed] shortcode (oops)
  • A couple of other cosmetic changes.

Version 1.0

  • Overhauled the Embed Manager admin pages to add groups and an import/export capability.

Version 0.5

  • Added support for embeds in widget text and titles.

Version 0.4

  • Added support for embeds in titles and (optionally) in comments.

Version 0.3

  • Added support for attribute defaults.

Version 0.2

  • Added support for nested embeds.

Version 0.1

  • This was the first version.