When building a themes for WordPress you may want to leverage WordPress Shortcodes in areas other than you content zones. Often I found myself saying, it would be great to have this plug in appear in the footer, modal box or right rail. Many plug-ins offer PHP codes for implementation but for those that don’t you can utilize this little snippet of code.
WordPress Shortcode Function
<?php echo do_shortcode("[shortcode]"); ?>
Simply replace the [shortcode] with which ever plugin of functional short code you choose. For example you could have:
<?php echo do_shortcode("[slideshow]"); ?>
This WordPress shortcode function should provide you with additional flexibility without having to dig or write new alternative php code.