How to Output a Shortcode in your WordPress Theme with PHP


Shortcodes are a great and easy way to output simple (or very sophisticated) content in your posts/pages via plugins or inbuilt WordPress shortcodes, but how would you output this directly in your theme files?

There’s a simple answer to that question; use the inbuilt WordPress function:
do_shortcode.

The example below shows how you could insert a Contact Form 7 contact form directly into your theme files using PHP and the do_shortcode function:

<?php echo do_shortcode('[contact-form-7 id="121" title="Enquiry Form"]'); ?>

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