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WordPress › Support » Issues with WordPress 4.0.1 and Shortcodes

wordpress.org | Nov. 21, 2014 | 2 min read

Heads up folks some popular plugins who DO NOT use the shortcode API are having issues, including Visual Composer and JW Player. You should however STILL upgrade even if it means switching these plugins off until they are fixed

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Olaf Lederer

This is why an automatic update always s___s. :(

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Tim Nash

No this is why you should always be careful choosing badly written plugins, to be clear this is not an issue with WordPress this is an issue with people relying on a piece of code to do something it was never intended to do, instead of using the "official" and highly stable Shortcode API

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Tom Harrigan

Well said

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Olaf Lederer

I don't blame WordPress for these updates and I know that websites I've built by myself doesn't have any problems, but I have also (hosting) customers with 3rd party templates and plugins. Right, they can't blame for their own choices, but they ask me to clean it up :). Normally I would do that pro-active for my customers, but I don't like to check 50+ website for broken short codes.

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Tim Nash

Automate, your testing ;) Automatic deploys + Acceptance Testing == Happy and content Olaf

But it's really important to remember its badly written plugins breaking not WordPress breaking plugins. They would break eventually anyway. It's just badly timed for the video version of this message - managewp.org/articles/8256/important-wordpress-4-0-1-go-update-by-tim-nash

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