Shortcodes should never be included in themes. Period.

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Written By Brian Krogsgard

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  1. Hey Brian, thanks for posting this here.

    You’re right, it was a blanket statement I used in the post headline. I should’ve probably made it more clear as to what types of WordPress themes I was referring to.

    If this is a custom theme, developed and supported by some sort of development shop, I think it’s fine. They can expect and handle any of the issues that might accompany including shortcodes functions directly in the theme.

    What I was mostly talking about in my post are publicly-released themes, which mainly use shortcodes for things like typography, layout, and other stylistic purposes.

    My main point was that these shortcode functions should be included in an accompanying plugin, so if the theme is switched, the shortcodes would remain intact.

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