Shortcode displays instead of the slider

System requirement doesn't match on WordPress

As you see here, when the system requirement doesn't match on WordPress, these happen:

  1. Shortcode displays instead of the slider.
  2. You can't even see a Smart Slider menupoint on your admin area.
  3. Within the Plugins list, you can see an error message on top.

If you have this problem, follow the solution suggestion from our "System requirement does not match" documentation.

WordPress update caused issue

WordPress introduced an issue in their latest updates, which makes shortcodes not work in block themes anymore. If you have this issue, then:

- If you are a Smart Slider Pro user, update your Smart Slider.

- If you are a Smart Slider Free user, follow these instructions.

HTML error

Smart Slider 3 can only show up on websites, which have valid HTML code (due to compatibility reasons with optimization plugins). So if you only see the shortcode on the page, instead of the slider there's a good chance that your HTML structure is messed up and invalid.

The HTML structure can be messed up in several ways. The most common problems:

  • Missing </head> tag. Usually, this problem happens because of the template.
  • Many <html>, <head> or <body> tags. Usually these kind of problems are caused by Custom HTML modules, but it can be caused by literally any other extension that outputs codes to your site.

To make the slider show up on your site, you must solve these HTML errors. To check the errors, view your page source. You can do this in lots of ways:

  • right click → View Page Source, or
  • type view-source: before the site's URL.(E.g: view-source:, or
  • run a HTML validator on your site. W3C Markup Validator is pretty great.

If you're using WordPress then you could run a plugin/theme conflict test to see what causes the HTML error.

If you're using Joomla probably the problem happens because of a module, which sometimes load their own code as it's own HTML page (with the html, head and body tags). Try turning off your modules to see which one causes the problem.

Slider shortcode displays on WordPress

Slider is in a text widget

WordPress doesn't support shortcodes in the text widgets, they only appear, if your theme was coded to show them. You can try to give this option to your theme by putting this code into your theme's functions.php file:

add_filter( 'widget_text', 'do_shortcode' );

⚠️ Warning: If you make a mistake in the functions.php file, both your backend and frontend will be blank, so have a backup and use FTP!

But we have our own widget, and you should use that instead.

Smart Slider 3 plugin is not enabled

If you just updated your Smart Slider 3, and now you only see the shortcode of your sliders, and not the sliders on your website, it is happening, because you need to activate your Smart Slider 3 after the update!

Theme issue

It's also possible that your theme doesn't use WordPress' the_post() function to output the post/page content. This issue exists with for example, Illdy theme which outputs the content this way:

<?php echo $static_page_content; ?>

The solution to this problem is to run the do_shortcode() function on this $static_page_content variable:

<?php echo do_shortcode($static_page_content;) ?>

If your theme uses the the_content() function and the shortcode still not working, add the following filter to your theme's functions.php file:

add_filter( 'the_content', 'do_shortcode' );

☝️ Note: We suggest creating a child theme to make the change. A child theme is necessary to ensure that your changes won't be overwritten by the next theme update.

Plugin issue

Some plugins can unload the codes of other plugins on certain pages and posts. A Typical example is Asset CleanUp Pro: Page Speed Booster which gives option to disable plugins on all frontend pages. In their case unticking the Unload in all frontend pages & add exceptions checkbox at Asset CleanUp ProPlugins ManagerIN FRONTEND VIEW (your visitors)Smart Slider 3 should fix the problem.

Slider shortcode displays on Joomla

Smart Slider 3's plugins are disabled

Be sure that all of the Smart Slider 3 related plugins are activated:

Their access level should be Public.

Wrong plugin order

If you put a slider's code, like smartslider3[148] into an article, and you can't see it turning into the slider, only this smartslider3[148] is written into your article, then you have some extension changing your article's code. You should go to Extensions → Plugins, filter out the system plugins, and move the Smart Slider 3 System Plugin plugin higher, maybe into the first position. This would make our shortcode to slider changing sooner, before anything else would change it.

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