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Allow Shortcodes in Text Widgets


This plugin provides the option to enable/disable the usage of shortcodes in the default text widget provided by WordPress along with smilies if enabled for the blog.


Technical support for this plugin will be provided via the WordPress plugin forum. Additional support may be
available at plugin’s homepage.


  • This is the options screen showing the settings available with Allow Shortcodes in Text Widgets.


Installation is simple and straight-forward:

  1. Unzip parse-shortcodes into to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Configure the plugin options under the ‘Settings->Parse Shortcodes Options’ menu in WordPress. Don’t forget to Save Changes!


I have set the option to parse smilies in the `parse shortcodes options` but they don’t show up in the Text Widget

Make sure convert emoticons like :-) and :-P to graphics on display option is checked in the Settings->Writing option page. Also check and make sure you are using valid emoticons and that you are attempting to use shortcode in the default text widget provided by WordPress and not some other custom text widget provided by a different plugin.


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Contributors & Developers

“Allow Shortcodes in Text Widgets” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Initial public release.