By default WordPress does not include any buttons you could add to your content. You could create one with CSS styles and enter button class to your article but that would require CSS knowledge. Reason why WordPress is so successful are plugins which can extend WordPress to a level where it’s easy for the users to use and yet it can give you so much functionality that is missing out of the box.
Buttons are one area where a lot of people are looking for a simple solution. They want to add a button in the most simple way. They want to style to button in the most simple way.
Buttons have many uses, they can be used for call to action. Buttons can be used for affiliate links or for download links. You could also use buttons to link to another site. There are unlimited uses.
How to add buttons to WordPress easily
What functionality do we want from buttons?
What I need from buttons is that I set up a style once and then use it in all the articles. Reason why I need to use the same button style on all the pages and posts is pretty simple. It’s called user experience. When user reads your content, it would be pretty strange for him / her to see different button on different posts.
Forget About Shortcode Buttons
First you have to install plugin called Forget About Shortcode Buttons. Activate the plugin. You will see a new icon in the WordPress editor which will open a window once you click on it. Here you enter text for your button, choose a color, enter URL which will be used once clicked, you select text color, you can set up button type (flat, rounded…) and size (small, medium, big).
All the changes are seen live. Then you can move to the next tab called Icon.
Here you can select an icon which will be used next to the text. There are many icons and I mean really – it’s a huge collection of icons. You will find an icon for every use.
Once you style your button, the most important thing is that you can save it for later use. For example, if you review a lot of software products, you may add link to the download page. By having the template, you can add the same button every time.
Interesting feature with Forget About Shortcode Buttons plugin is that you will see a real button in WordPress editor. It will have the same look as the one on the published post / page.
As you can see, buttons look the same in the content editor as they do on the published post.
I really like simplicity and features of Forget About Shortcode Buttons plugin. It does one thing and it does it well. It’s also light on resources and is updated regularly.
Shortcodes Ultimate buttons
Shortcodes Ultimate buttons is another plugin which can be used for exclusively. The reason why I have added along About Shortcode Buttons plugin is support for almost any feature you could possibly need. You see, when you start using shortcode plugin, you better make sure it’s a good one. If you decide to remove the plugin, all the buttons and other shortcodes you may use, will not be visible any more. User will see something similar to this:
They should see a button, but since you disabled the plugin, they will see shortcode instead. What Shortcodes Ultimate plugin does is along the buttons have many other shortcodes you can use. If you find what you need, you can use this plugin exclusively as it has a really extensive list of shortcodes. Some that you may need are: Lightbox, Tabs, Pullquote, List, Frame, Label, Box, Tooltip, Accordion, Quote, Column note and many more.
It has the same features that are required for a good buttons plugin. You can change color, style, add icons and make it look the way you want. Once you set up your perfect button, you can save it for later use.
Buttons look great as well.
You can download Shortcodes Ultimate plugin from WordPress plugin repository