8.0.0 Intro

What are shortcodes in WordPress?

Since WordPress is an open-source platform, you can customize it in any way you’d like. This includes adding entirely new code to your site. But if you aren’t a developer, adding code by yourself isn’t really feasible. That’s where shortcodes come in. You can use shortcodes to achieve the same effects, without needing to know anything about the underlying code.
So, what are shortcodes in WordPress? They are truncated bits of code that look something like this:

You can place a shortcode using either the "Backend Editor"

Shortcodes are useful because they offer a way for you to make specific tweaks and customizations on your site, even if you aren’t a coder. Many plugins also require the use of shortcodes, so it’s important to understand how to use them correctly.