Shortcodes are a great tool for advanced website authoring. This concept has rapidly gained popularity in the Wordpress community and is now making headway in the Drupal community. A shortcode is simply [code] enclosed in square brackets. Shortcodes can be used for simple buttons or more complex macros that generate columns or specially structured HTML (such as the contact_info shortcode). Shortcodes are powered by the shortcode Drupal module. A free library (developed and sponsored by can be found here:

This is what a shortcode looks like:

[dropshadow]... your HTML here ...[/dropshadow]

Shortcodes in Drupal

Allthough shortcodes are new in Drupal, development is making headway and shortcodes are working really well. As of now even WYSIWYG integration is working properly. There is a tricky part about installing shortcodes on your own website, namely with filter ordering, but if you use a SooperThemes premium theme with StarterKit you can install the StarterKit and everything will be set-up for you.

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