Brackets Aint Empty Cuz

The Shortcode API is WordPress is just amazing, but there’s an elephant in the room when you deactivate that plugin. Let’s talk about that.


The above piece of code is a shortcode. WordPress parses these into HTML markup so that the user doesn’t have to write a bunch of code. These shortcodes go anywhere, into a post, into widgets, etc. However, they look like the above when you deactivate the plugin that made the shortcode.

It’s just the nature of the beast. Because your plugin is no longer active, it no longer parses that shortcode. But what if there was a way to prevent that from happening? There is, and we’ve done it. This feature is part of Aesop Story Editor, the new drag and drop front-end editor that we’ve been working on for the last couple of months now.

When you go to uninstall Aesop Story Editor, you’ll be presented with an option to “convert all of your shortcodes into HTML markup.” No more [empty_brackets]. No more searching through posts to replace them. They’ll just look like they’ve always looked. This is just one of the many new “revolutionary” features coming to Aesop Story Editor.

I can’t wait to share more with you!!!