I’m using Contact Form 7 on a website I’m building. Currently, Contact Form 7 uses shortcodes, meaning you can drop forms into posts.

Something like

You can’t use shortcodes in template files, because WordPress doesn’t parse them the same way it parses content.

WordPress, however, does have a function to parse shortcodes, where-ever you’d like.

If your short code needs to display content, then you just need to echo it.

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