How to Create Nested Shortcodes in WordPress Without a Plugin

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Ever wondered if you could use nested shortcodes in WordPress? By default, WordPress doesn’t allow you to use a shortcode within a shortcode (or in other words, nested shortcode). However, with a simple tweak on your functions.php file, you can make it happen.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

That way you can use the following nested shortcode [link][my_text][/link].

In the snippet, we just pass $content into do_shortcode() and it works like a charm.

add_shortcode("my_text", "my_text");
function my_text() {
	return 'nested shortcode';

function my_link($atts, $content = null) {
		"href" => 'http://'
	), $atts));
	return '<a href="'.$href.'">'.do_shortcode($content).'</a>';
add_shortcode("link", "my_link");

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

If you liked this code snippet, please consider checking out our other articles on the site like: 62 best free WordPress blog themes or 7 best WordPress contact form plugins.

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  1. Hi Debjit Saha ,
    Nice work.
    if I want to use $content in both shortcode .All return value will be $content . how to do it .

  2. Thanks for this tip but if i may ask, what use can this nested shortcode be put to? I mean in what ways and how can it be used?

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