Shortcode Lock In and Why It Sucks

Brief History of WordPress Shortcodes

  • What is a shortcode?
  • When were they developed?
  • Why were they developed? What problem were they meant to solve?
  • Where are we now?

Pros and Cons of Shortcode based Page Builders

Some argue that shortcode lock in isn’t a problem.

Why I think shortcode based page builders should be avoided.

Avoiding Shortcode Pollution

Stick with these page builders if you want to avoid short code lock in: