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Just listed in the Joomla Extension Directory!

This is one of the coolest products to hit Joomla! in a long time

Introducing the first fully supported Joomla plugin that ads shortcode capability to the both Joomla! 1.5 and 2.5.

Popularized by WordPress, shortcodes are just that, short bits of code that cut down on repetitive strings of HTML, and can be inserted anywhere in your site.

The Intellispire Shortcode Pack consists of the core Joomla! Shortcode API and 5+ shortcodes.

What can you do?

  • Install Shortcodes as plugins
  • Add your own shortcodes to the system
  • Hide email addresses on your website
  • Embed screen shots of any website into your articles
  • Add a "tweet" button on any page
  • Add a youtube video, without Joomla stripping out the code
  • Embed a PDF file so your users can read it online, no Acrobat required
  • Create different content sections for your visitors and members
  • Plus, compatible with 1000's, of non-Wordpress specific shortcodes you can find anywhwere on the 'Net

Here's a short article that explains the system

Step 1: Install and Activate the Shortcode Engine

  1. Download the package to your harddrive from the link provided. It will be called
  2. Unzip the package
  3. Using the Extension Manager with J! 1.5 or 2.5, install
  4. From the Plugin Manager, select and activate the System - Shortcode plugin
    Note: You can choose to run the plugin on Content only, or on the entire page. The entire page handles shortcodes running in module positions and on templates, and is faster. Content only (the default) is safter and runs only on articles and (in 2.5) optionally modules.
  5. The engine is now installed

Step 2: Installing individual Shortcode Plugins

In keeping with the philosophy of Joomla!, you can install shortcodes packs as individual plugins. To install a shortcode, install the zip file using the Joomla! extension manager then activate it from the plugin manager.

Each package may contain one or more individual shortcodes. How to use it is presented in the shortcode plugin manager.

Wordpress users are usually instructed to add new shortcodes to the functions.php file in their theme. Joomla! does not work this way. Instead, we've included a package called shortcode default with a simple [test] shortcode included. You should install that package, activate it, then add any extra shortcodes you want to the plugins/shortcode/shortcode_default.php file.

Troubleshooting: When installing a shortcode for the first time, the system must make a new folder called "plugins/shortcode". If the system can't create this folder, the installation will fail. If this happens to you, then make sure the "plugins" directory is writeable, then retry the installation.

For additional help, please contact support.

Included Shortcode Plugins

[test] shortcode to make sure everything is working. Also provides shortcode_default.php file so you can add your other, non joomla packaged shortcodes you may find on the internet.

Joomla Youtube Shortcode [youtube]

This shortcode embeds a Youtube video without the need of additional plugins or components.

Example: [youtube src='']

[youtube src='' width='375' height='350' name='movie' allowFullScreen='true' allowScriptAccess='always']

The only required paramater is “video”.


This shortcode obfuscates any email address so bots can’t scrape them.

Example: [mailto][/mailto]


The Tweet Shortcode provides a tweetmeme button anywhere it appears. use like: [tweet]


Embed a PDF in your website.

Example: [embedpdf width="600px" height="500px"][/embedpdf]

Web Snap

This plugin allows you to add a snapshot of a web page to your website.

Example: [snapshot url="" alt="My Favorite Website" w="400" h="300"]

Joomla! User

The user shortcode displays content based on information about the current user.

You can use this to show the users their name, for example “Hi! Name”, username, or registered date.

You can also provide content based on whether the user is registered and logged in or not. This is perfect

for providing teaser text for membership sites. Example: Print the uses name, or “Anonymous” if it isn’t available:

[user echo="name" default="Anonymous"]
[user echo="username" default="Unregistered"]
[user echo="registerDate"]

Example: To display content:

[usercontent loggedin="true" default="Please reigster!"]
This text is displayed only to LOGGED IN users! 
The words “Please Reigister” are displayed to users who are not logged in.


[usercontent loggedin="false"]
This text is displayed only to Anonymous (not logged in visitors). 
Users who are logged in see nothing.
  • Joomla! Shortcode Engine ported from Wordpress
  • [test] shortcode and default_shortcode.php file you can edit.
  • Embed a PDF on your website for people to read. No PDF Reader required.
  • Embed a screen capture image of any web page into your content.
  • Add a "Tweet this" icon
  • Display logged in user attributs (name, username) and conditionally display content depending on whether a user is logged in or not. Designed for membership sites that want to hide content from non-registered users.
  • embed a youtube video with a single lin.e. Joomla! does NOT strip out the HTML, so this method actually works for all users.
  • obfuscate an email address from spam bots

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