Post Snippets


This plugin lets you build a library with snippets of HTML, PHP code or
reoccurring text that you often use in your posts and pages. You can use
predefined variables to replace parts of the snippet on insert. All snippets are
available in the post editor via a button in the Visual and HTML modes. The
snippet can be inserted as defined, or as a shortcode to keep flexibility for
updating the snippet. PHP code is supported for snippets inserted as shortcodes.


  • Insert All defined snippets is inserted from a button directly in the post
  • Shortcodes You can use this plugin to create your own shortcodes.
  • PHP A shortcode snippet can optionally be evaluated as PHP code.
  • Buttons The snippets are available in the viusal editor with a TinyMCE
    button and in the HTML editor with a quicktag button.
  • Admin Easy to use administration panel where you can add, edit and remove
  • Variables Each snippet can have as many custom variables as you like,
    which can be used on insert.
  • Import/Export Snippets can be imported and exported between sites.
  • Documentation Full documentation is available directly from the help panel
    in the plugin administration screen.
  • Uninstall If you delete the plugin from your plugins panel it cleans up
    all data it has created in the WordPress database.

Related Links


  • The Admin page where you create and manage snippets.
  • The TinyMCE button for Post Snippets.
  • The Post Snippet insert dialog.
  • Help system available on the admin page.



  • PHP version 5.3.0 or greater.
  • WordPress version 3.3 or greater.


  1. Upload the ‘post-snippets’ folder to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory.
  2. 「プラグイン」メニューからプラグインを有効化します。
  3. Go to Settings -> Post Snippets and start entering your snippets.


  1. Deactivate Post Snippets in the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  2. Select Post Snippets in the ‘Recently Active Plugins’ section and select
    ‘Delete’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop down menu.
  3. This will delete all the plugin files from the server as well as erasing all
    options the plugin has stored in the database.


Where can I find usage and developer information?

Documentation for the plugin is available directly from the help panel in the
plugin administration screen.

Why do importing Snippets on a multi site install fail?

Upload of zip files must be allowed, enable this in Sites Network Admin ->
Settings -> Upload Settings -> Upload file types.

How can I use the content in an enclosed shortcode?

If the shortcode is enclosed and contains content between the tags in a post.
Example: [shortcode]Some text[/shortcode] the text within will be availble in
a variable called content. So in your snippet use {content} to display it. Don’t
enter ‘content’ in the variable field, it’s automatically assigned.

Where can I send bug reports?

Please visit the GitHub repository for
Post Snippet
and open an issue.
Please create an issue that conforms with
necolas’s guidelines.

Where can I get support?

Please visit the Support Forum
for questions, answers, support and feature requests.

How can I disable the PHP Code Execution feature?

To disable the “PHP Code” execution feature in this plugin, add the following
code your theme’s functions.php or to wp-config.php:

This is useful if you are using this plugin for client sites, and don’t want
your clients to be able to use PHP code in a post snippet.

How can I contribute to the plugin?

If you want to contribute improved code or new features for the plugin. Please
open a pull request at the Post Snippets GitHub repository.
Please open a pull request that conforms with necolas’s guidelines.
Contributions are appreciated and encouraged.


Love it!!!!!

WordPress wouldn’t be usable without this plugin. We have a core set of snippets that are added for every site and used throughout as shortcodes.

It’s perfect for javascript, iframes, anything that the WordPress visual editor likes to garble.

My only bummer is the importer/exporter uses a zip file. Some hosts deny zip files for uploading so we have to manually add the new snippets.

Great but max. 199 Snippets or CRASH!

SUPER! UNIQUE! Very useful but be careful, as soon as you open your 200 snippet the plugin will crash and you can’t edit anything anymore, not even delete. So its really stuck. But I found a solution how to repair it, check out here:

So be careful, just 199 snippets!

So, so necessary!

I love this plugin and I use it a lot! It helps so much keeping control of long posts with lots of code. One of my absolute must have plugins.


Hopefully the dev will have to update the plugin in future.

Super easy

Great plugin. Makes it super easy to define site-wide placeholders (I use it for address and phone details). One change in the snippets changes the values everywhere on your site even if you can’t remember where you used it.
Works with complex structures like HTML code as well.



Didn’t try the advanced features, but for my presesent needs it is almost perfect.

I only miss a ‘Duplicate Snippet’ button in the Settings page.



“Post Snippets” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



Version 2.5.3 – 14 Feb 2016

  • Fixes an issue with the compression library for import and export.

Version 2.5.2 – 7 Feb 2016

  • Fixes an issue than can occur when other plugins bootstrap WordPress Admin
    and then includes admin_head but not admin_footer, like download monitor.
  • Refactors parts of the code to prepare for a future snippet storage update.

Version 2.5.1 – 6 Feb 2016

  • Makes strings inside javascripts translatable.
  • Removes {content} from shortcode output if the shortcode is not enclosed.

Version 2.5 – 21 Jan 2016

  • Implements an options tab to handle plugin settings.
  • Reverts the change implemented in version 2.3.9 to exclude post snippets from
    custom editors by default, and instead adds it as an optional setting.
  • Fixes a conflict with plugins that adds custom editors on the frontend.

Version 2.4 – 18 Dec 2015

  • Fixes potential conflict with WP Editor on none post screens.
  • Removes notice message on some screens if WordPress debug mode is enabled.

Version 2.3.9 – 14 Dec 2015

  • Only includes the javascript code to include Post Snippets in WordPress’
    editor on post editing related screens, to avoid potential conflicts with
    other plugins.

Version 2.3.8 – 10 Dec 2015

  • Adds validation of shortcode names. Invalid shortcode names now gets
    highlighted in red.

Version 2.3.7 – 4 Nov 2015

  • Updates translatable strings to be Language Pack compatible.

Version 2.3.6 – 15 Jul 2015

  • Bumps minimum required PHP version to 5.3.0.
  • Adds list of translators to inline documentation.

Version 2.3.5 – 18 Jan 2015

  • Adds new developer filter, post_snippets_snippets_list.
  • Integrates plugin doc to the post editor help tab.
  • Adds complete plugin usage documentation to the settings help tab.

Version 2.3.4 – 20 Sep 2014

  • Tested up to WordPress v4.0.
  • Update Swedish translation.
  • Add Ukrainian translation.

Version 2.3.3 – 12 Apr 2014

  • Updates Post Snippets admin screen to not let Chrome XSS Auditor preventing
    snippets containg form elements to be saved.
  • Adds Serbo-Croatian translation.
  • Updated Polish translation.

Version 2.3.2 – 5 Aug 2013

  • Updates insert snippets into the editor to be compatible with jQuery 1.9+
    (which makes it compatible with WordPress 3.6).
  • Changes WP version check to comply with WordPress 3.3 as the minimum required

Version 2.3.1 – 1 Jun 2013

  • Removes the $isArray argument from PostSnippets::getSnippet() as it was
    not needed.

Version 2.3 – 1 Jun 2013

  • Updates PostSnippets::getSnippet($name, $variables) to be able
    to accept an array with variables and not only a querystring. Fixes
    issue #22.
  • Removes get_post_snippet() which was deprecated in version 2.1.
  • Adds POST_SNIPPETS_DISABLE_PHP constant to easy disable the PHP code
    execution in snippets. Add
    define(‘POST_SNIPPETS_DISABLE_PHP’, true);
    to wp-config.php or the theme’s functions.php to disable PHP execution in the

Version 2.2.3 – 11 May 2013

  • Fixes issue with the QuickTag button not being displayed in Firefox.

Version 2.2.2 – 10 May 2013

  • The Post Snippets buttons now works everywhere there is a wp_editor present
    and not only on post/page edit screens.

Version 2.2.1 – 1 May 2013

  • Added an option to give users with edit_posts capability access to the
    Post Snippets Admin. Add
    to wp-config.php to enable access for those users. Fixes
    issue #12.
  • Optimizes code for the admin section.

Version 2.2 – 26 Apr 2013

  • Bumps required WordPress version to v3.3.
  • Fixes a problem with using some HTML entities in snippets.
  • Removes the screenshots from the plugin archive, to make a smaller archive.
  • Updates help text for PostSnippets::getSnippet().
  • Fixes a PHP warning that occurred when no post snippets exist.
  • Makes the plugin PSR-2 compliant and introduces Travis CI for testing.

Version 2.1.1 – 23 Feb 2013

  • Fixes a bug that PHP snippets called an old class definition.

Version 2.1 – 22 Feb 2013

  • Default values are now respected as shortcode defaults and not only to
    populate the insert window’s fields.
  • Allow other plugins or themes to disable the PHP Code execution feature using
    the new post_snippets_php_execution_enabled filter.
  • PostSnippets::getSnippet() now executes shortcodes within snippets.
  • The function get_post_snippet() used to retrieve snippets from other
    places in WordPress has been deprecated. Please update any code using this
    function to use PostSnippets::getSnippet() instead, which replaces the old
    function. get_post_snippet() will be removed in a future version. Most
    users are not affected by this change.
  • Refactored code to comply with the PSR-0 standard.
  • Migrated to GitHub to maintain the code in development.
    Post Snippets at GitHub.
  • Included Polish translation (pl_PL) by Tomasz Wesołowski.
  • Included Slovak translation (sk_SK) by Branco Radenovich.

Version 2.0 – 29 Mar 2012

  • Added tabs to the Admin page, and moved Import/Export to a separate tab.
  • Pressing enter in a text field now defaults to Update and not Add.
  • Fixed debug notice message displayed when deleting without any snippets
  • Various code refactoring and optimizations.

Version 1.9.7 – 22 Mar 2012

  • Updated the styling for the snippet insert window in the post editor. This
    fixes the visual glitch with tabs spanning multiple rows.
  • Users without manage_options but with edit_posts capability (authors,
    contributors, editors) can now see a read-only list of available snippets and
    related info.
  • Users with read-only access can toggle if they want to see their snippets
    overview as rendered output or as-is.
  • Enabled label for= with checkboxes.
  • Included Romanian translation by Web Hosting Geeks.

Version 1.9.6 – 19 Mar 2012

  • Added two new filters. post_snippets_import and post_snippets_export.

Version 1.9.5 – 17 Mar 2012

  • The HTML and scripts for the popup window in the post editor is now only
    generated on the screens where it’s needed.

Version 1.9.4 – 8 Feb 2012

  • Added an option to run shortcodes through wptexturize before output.
  • Bugfix: Default values could be cut off. Corrected in this update.

Version 1.9.3 – 30 Jan 2012

  • Fixed a bug that variables using a default value wasn’t inserted properly.

Version 1.9.2 – 29 Jan 2012

  • A variable can now be assigned a default value that will be used in the
    insert window. Use the = sign to give a variable a default value. Ie.
  • Added versioning to the admin jQuery dialog CSS and the TinyMCE plugin
    JavaScript to prevent browser caching of older versions on update.

Version 1.9.1 – 22 Jan 2012

  • Updated the built-in help text to include all the latest features added.

Version 1.9 – 17 Jan 2012

  • Initial implementation to allow snippets to be evaluated as PHP code.
  • PHP version 5.2.4 or greater is now required to run Post Snippets.

Version – 15 Jan 2012

  • Added an additional check to see if Post Snippets is loaded via a
    bootstrapped WP Admin that doesn’t set the is_admin() flag, so it works in
    that environment as well.

Version – 11 Jan 2012

  • A bug fixed with get_post_snippets() that were introduced in the last update.
  • Unit test for get_post_snippets() added to automate testing that it won’t
    break in future updates.

Version 1.8.9 – 10 Jan 2012

  • Updated the help text to take advantage of the new Help API introduced with
    WordPress 3.3.
  • Updated the Swedish translation.

Version 1.8.8 – 28 Dec 2011

  • Removed the unneeded QuickTag checkbox from the settings screen for snippets,
    as all snippets are now always available from the HTML editor’s QuickTag

Version 1.8.7 – 25 Dec 2011

  • Updated the TinyMCE plugin for the Post Snippets button in WordPress Visual
    Editor to use the same jQuery UI Dialog window that the HTML button have had
    for some time. The consolidation of using the same window and code for the
    different buttons will make Post Snippets easier to maintain and update.
  • Added an admin notice when running on PHP versions below 5.2.4 to prepare
    users that future Post Snippets requirements will be on par with WordPress

Version 1.8.6 – 15 Dec 2011

  • The Post Snippets HTML editor button is updated to be compatible with
    WordPress 3.3 refactored QuickTags.

Version 1.8.5 – 22 Nov 2011

  • Included German translation by Brian Flores.
  • For all translators: Updated the .pot file to include all the latest strings
    and changes.

Version 1.8.4 – 10 Nov 2011

  • Included Belarusian translation by Alexander Ovsov.

Version 1.8.3 – 13 Oct 2011

  • Included Hebrew translation by Sagive.

Version 1.8.2 – 3 Sep 2011

  • Added support for using enclosed shortcodes with the snippets. Use the
    variable {content} in your snippets to retrieve the enclosed content.
  • Updated the dropdown help text.
  • Included Lithuanian translation by Nata Strazda.

Version 1.8.1 – 11 Jul 2011

  • Fixed that a PHP warning is thrown when other scripts called the
    get_post_snippet() function without supplying a second argument.

Version 1.8 – 30 May 2011

  • Fixed an escaping problem with the snippet description.
  • Added Import / Export functionality.
  • Snippets used as shortcodes can now nest other shortcodes in them.

Version 1.7.3 – 3 Mar 2011

  • Added a text area field in the settings panel to enter an optional
    description for each snippet. This decription is displayed for the editor
    writing a post in the jQuery Post Snippet dialog.
  • Fixed the styling of the quicktag jQuery window when the user have disabled
    the visual editor completely.
  • Fixed problem with line formatting in the new quicktag snippets.
  • Fixed a problem with JavaScript snippets breaking the admin page.
  • Various small bugfixes.

Version 1.7.2 – 28 Feb 2011

  • Specified text/javascript for the UI dialog script.
  • Updated the Spanish translation by Melvis E. Leon Lopez.

Version 1.7.1 – 26 Feb 2011

  • Added styling to the Tabs in the Quicktag jQuery dialog window to make them
    more “tab-like”.
  • Added the possibility to use a description for each snippet to display for
    the user when opening the Quicktag jQuery dialog window. Snippets without
    description and variables, has a default information message.
  • Moved the help text from below the snippets to the contextual help dropdown
    menu at the top of the settings page.
  • Changed the required version of WordPress to 3.0.
  • Request by proximity2008: A snippet without anything entered in the snippet
    field will not be registered as a shortcode.

Version 1.7 – 26 Feb 2011

  • Complete rewrite of the QuickTags insert functionality. It now uses jQuery UI
    to display a similar tabbed window as the TinyMCE button does. There is now
    one ‘Post Snippets’ button in the HTML editor instead of a separate button
    for each snippet. As the QuickTags function is completely rewritten, and this
    is the initial release of the new method, please report if you encounter any
    problems with it.
  • Fixed QuickTags compability with WordPress 3.1.
  • Added a link to the Post Snippets Settings directly from the entry on the
    ‘Plugins List’ page.
  • Added get_post_snippet() function to retrieve snippets directly from PHP.

Version 1.5.4 – 26 Jan 2011

  • Included Turkish translation by Ersan Özdil.

Version 1.5.3 – 19 Sep 2010

  • Included Spanish translation by Melvis E. Leon Lopez.

Version 1.5.2 – 17 Sep 2010

  • The plugin now keeps linefeed formatting when inserting a snippet directly
    with a quicktag in the HTML editor.
  • Updated the code to not generate warnings when running WordPress in debug

Version 1.5.1 – 12 Mar 2010

  • Fixed ampersands when used in a shortcode, so they are XHTML valid.

Version 1.5 – 12 Jan 2010

  • Updated the plugin so it works with WordPress 2.9.x (the quicktags didn’t
    work in 2.9, now fixed.).

Version – 5 Sep 2009

  • Included French translation by Thomas Cailhe (Oyabi).

Version 1.4.9 – 10 Aug 2009

  • Included Russian translation by FatCow.

Version 1.4.8 – 9 May 2009

  • Changed the handling of the TinyMCE button as some server configurations had
    problems finding the correct path.
  • Fixed a problem that didn’t let a snippet contain a tag.

Version 1.4.7 – 27 Apr 2009

  • Added a workaround for a bug in WordPress 2.7.x wp-includes/compat.php that
    prevented the plugin to work correctly on webservers running with PHP below
    version 5.1.0 together with WP 2.7.x. This bug is patched in WordPress 2.8.

Version 1.4.6 – 25 Apr 2009

  • Updated all code to follow the WordPress Coding Standards for consistency, if
    someone wants to modify my code.
  • Removed the nodechangehandler from the TinyMCE js, as it didn’t fill any
  • Updated the save code to remove the PHP Notice messages, if using error
    logging on the server.
  • Added additional proofing for the variables string.

Version 1.4.5 – 24 Apr 2009

  • Fixed a problem in the admin options that didn’t allow a form with a textarea
    to be used as a snippet.
  • Widened the columns for SC and QT slightly in the options panel so they
    should look a bit better on the mac.

Version 1.4.4 – 19 Apr 2009

  • Minor fix with quicktags and certain snippets that was left out in the last

Version 1.4.3 – 16 Apr 2009

  • Fixed an escaping problem with the recently implemented shortcode function,
    that could cause problems on certain strings.
  • Fixed an escaping problem with the quicktag javascript, that could cause
    problems on certain strings.

Version 1.4.2 – 11 Apr 2009

  • Fixed some additional syntax for servers where the short_open_tag
    configuration setting is disabled.

Version 1.4.1 – 10 Apr 2009

  • Removed all short syntax commands and replaced them with the full versions so
    the plugin also works on servers with the short_open_tag configuration
    setting disabled.

Version 1.4 – 10 Apr 2009

  • Added a checkbox for Shortcodes (SC) in the admin panel. When checking this
    one a dynamic shortcode will be generated and inserted instead of the
    snippet, which allows snippets to be updated later on for all posts it’s been
    inserted into when using this option.
  • Added a checkbox for Quicktags (QT) in the admin panel, so Quicktags are
    optional. Speeds up loading of the post editor if you don’t need the quicktag
    support, and only use the visual editor. Defaults to off.

Version 1.3.5 – 9 Apr 2009

  • Fixed so the TinyMCE window adds a scrollbar if there is more variables for a
    snippet than fits in the window.
  • Fixed a bug that snippets didn’t get inserted when using the visual editor in
    fullscreen mode.

Version 1.3 – 2 Apr 2009

  • Fixed a problem with the regular expressions that prohibited variables
    consisting of just a single number to work.
  • Updated the Help info in the admin page to take less space.
  • Included a check so the plugin only runs in WP 2.7 or newer.

Version 1.2 – 1 Apr 2009

  • Added support for Quicktags so the snippets can be made available in the HTML
    editor as well.

Version 1.1 – 24 Mar 2009

  • Included Swedish translation.
  • Added TextDomain functionality for I18n.

Version 1.0 – 23 Mar 2009

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