Shortcode Empty Paragraph Fix


Fix known issues when shortcodes are embedded in a block of content that is filtered by wpautop.

for Theme Developers

If you are developing a theme to provide this on a marketplace, you better embed the following code in your functions.php. This code filters only the shortcodes you defined. Otherwise you risk a failed review because the code in the plugin filters content in general which may is not acceptet.

function shortcode_empty_paragraph_fix( $content ) {

    // define your shortcodes to filter, '' filters all shortcodes
    $shortcodes = array( 'your_shortcode_1', 'your_shortcode_2' );

    foreach ( $shortcodes as $shortcode ) {

        $array = array (
            '<p>[' . $shortcode => '[' .$shortcode,
            '<p>[/' . $shortcode => '[/' .$shortcode,
            $shortcode . ']</p>' => $shortcode . ']',
            $shortcode . ']<br />' => $shortcode . ']'

        $content = strtr( $content, $array );

    return $content;

add_filter( 'the_content', 'shortcode_empty_paragraph_fix' );

Another solution that is acceptet at the envato (themeforest) marketplace comes from bitfade.


  1. Upload folder shortcode-empty-paragraph-fix to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


If you dont want to use a whole plugin to solve that bug, you can copy the code of the plugin file shortcode-empty-paragraph-fix.php into your theme function.php


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Contributors & Developers

“Shortcode Empty Paragraph Fix” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Initial Release


  • nicer code writing style