Forget About Shortcode Buttons


Compatible with the WordPress Classic Editor, Gutenberg integration coming soon πŸ™‚

Feature requests/ideas welcome!

Forget About Shortcode (FASC) Buttons are a visual way to add CSS buttons in the rich text editor and to your themes. Instead of adding shortcodes in the post editor, you insert real, styled buttons – making the process of adding buttons to your posts and pages much more natural whilst improving the appearance and usability of the post editor.

FASC Buttons tries to be as clean as possible with the html, only using data attributes for necessary features – the buttons you use in the post editor use the exact same classes as on the front end of your site with no extra or hidden markup to make them behave this way.

  • New – add FASC buttons to widgets in WP 4.8 πŸ™‚

  • Editing a button couldn’t be easier – just double click a button and an options panel appears allowing you to completely reconfigure the current button – beats tedious shortcodes and using precise syntax!

  • Utilises the latest CSS properties for styling

  • Includes Dashicons & Font Awesome Icons to add to your buttons and use in your themes.

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This plugin is only compatible with WordPress 4.2 and upwards (download version 1.x for compatibility with WP 3.9 – 4.1)



  • Some of the buttons you can create in the Post Editor
  • Edit button properties popup
  • Add an icon to your button
  • Buttons on the frontend in the WP 2014 theme


  1. Upload the entire forget-about-shortcode-buttons folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

For basic usage, you can also have a look at the plugin homepage.


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30 3000 September 3000 000000 2019
i like the plugin it’s good and does the job but, -i have to type twice or 3 times to make it appear -some issues with the saved templates -links open to a blank page then redirects to the link
20 2058 August 2058 000000 2019
Ross has done a sterling job. So much better than using shortcodes. He is actively supporting and developing this plugin as WordPress evolves. Great work!!!
5 0511 June 0511 000000 2019
... and this has it. Works exactly as advertised and is WYSIWYG. In edit mode, the buttons don't shrink when they receive focus, which I've seen on other plugins. There are a wide variety of choices for appearance, and the icons feature is an excellent addition. It just works.
24 2409 May 2409 000000 2019
This is a superb plugin, easy to use and creates a nice shiny button exactly where I need it. Works perfectly with the latest version of WP as well (as of May 2019) Top marks!
28 2801 January 2801 000000 2019
Very handy plugin. I like that it embeds an actual CSS button rather than interpreting a shortcode. Less opportunity for trouble. Seems to work fine on WordPress 5.0.3 as of today (1/28/2019)
26 2626 October 2626 000000 2018
wow, I was using the maxbutton but when I found this one I got impressed really. Amazingly clean and easy interface, and above all the practicality to add the links not having to get into the codes or not seeing the way the button looks on the page (as happens when using maxbuttons. So this is one of the best plugins I have found around here . Well done and all the best to the people involved on their creation.
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  • Fix – JS issues when no TinyMCE instance is loaded on the page
  • Fix – better conditional loading of CSS and JS


  • Fix – various issues with loading & the TinyMCE Editor


  • New – added support for FASC buttons in WP 4.8 widget areas πŸ™‚
  • Fix – an issue with button styles in the admin area, only when they were selected (this is due to some new CSS classes being added in WP 4.8)
  • Fix – some copy / paste issues and buttons losing their styles (WP 4.8 bug)
  • Fix – a compatibility with other TinyMCE related plugins – FASC was extending the view object incorrectly
  • Fix – some issues on the PostProcess TinyMCE event, made sure FASC only handles this when there are FASC buttons to be handled


  • Fix – an issue with the border effect on glossy buttons
  • Fix – remove box-shadow properties from FASC buttons by default, some themes such as twentyseventeen add this to all anchor tags
  • Fix – remove button rollover/hover effects from TinyMCE editor
  • Fix – some issues when using multiple buttons in a post, and their setting not being saved/retrieved correctly


  • Rewritten the core to use WP standards – no more iframes – much quicker to load
  • New – integrated with WP Views – inline toolbars for editing and deleting – more options to come
  • New – UI refresh – should make it easier to edit buttons as you are going through button options – the new UI also paves the way for some upcoming new features πŸ™‚
  • New – Added bold, italic & strikethrough options from within the button editor – these are also saved to your templates
  • New – nofollow option
  • New – Add icons after buttons
  • Fix – a bug where the popup wasn’t loading / showing forbidden
  • Fully backwards compatible with buttons created in 1.x


  • Security Update – XSS patch


  • Fix – “Insert button” icon added for custom post types
  • Tested up to WP 4.4


  • Save buttons!
  • Prevent directory listing of folders by adding blank index.php files to all folders – silence is golden!


  • Bug fix – properly use WP versioning and cache busting methods – upgrading to 1.0.3 caused some layout errors for some users as assets were being loaded from the cache – should be no more problems regarding caching and updating the plugin now


  • Added Font Awesome Icons πŸ™‚
  • Updated Icon Selector UI – no scrolling to find the icon you just used! πŸ™‚


  • Added subtle rollovers to buttons
  • Improved HTML output – removed nearly all cases of using the data- attributes on buttons – much cleaner code
  • Optimized JS functions for performance


  • JS error Fix for IE9
  • prefixed the .rounded css classes


  • Initial Release