How to Add a “Back to Top” Button in WordPress Using a Shortcode

If you’re looking to enhance the navigation of your WordPress website, adding a “Back to Top” button is a simple yet effective solution. It improves the user experience, especially on long pages. In this tutorial, we’ll go through how to add this feature using a shortcode, without the need to edit your theme’s functions.php file directly. Instead, we’ll use a safer method: a Code Snippets plugin.

Why Avoid Direct functions.php Edits?

Editing the functions.php file directly can lead to issues if not done correctly. A single error can make your website inaccessible. However, by using a Code Snippets plugin, you can add the same piece of code with less risk. It also keeps your custom code organized and easy to manage.

Step 1: Install a Code Snippets Plugin

Before we start, install a plugin for managing code snippets. There are several available, such as “Code Snippets” by Code Snippets Pro. Install and activate your chosen plugin.

Step 2: Create the Shortcode

Go to the newly added ‘Snippets’ menu in your admin dashboard. Create a new snippet with the following PHP code:

function back_to_top_shortcode() { wp_enqueue_script('back-to-top-js'); return '<a href="#top" id="back-to-top" title="Back to top">&uarr;</a>'; } add_shortcode('back_to_top', 'back_to_top_shortcode');

Step 3: Enqueue the JavaScript

Add another snippet for the JavaScript. This will control the button’s appearance and scroll behavior:

function enqueue_back_to_top_script() { wp_enqueue_script('back-to-top-js', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/back-to-top.js', array('jquery'), null, true); } add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'enqueue_back_to_top_script');

Create the back-to-top.js file in the js directory of your child theme folder and add the JavaScript code provided earlier in this post.

Step 4: Add the CSS

Now, add a snippet for the CSS to style your “Back to Top” button:

#back-to-top { display: none; position: fixed; bottom: 20px; right: 20px; background: #666; color: #ffffff; padding: 10px 15px; font-size: 20px; text-decoration: none; border-radius: 5px; z-index: 100; } #back-to-top:hover { background: #555; }

You can add this CSS directly into your theme’s custom CSS section, or use the ‘Custom CSS’ feature of the Code Snippets plugin if it provides one.

Step 5: Usage

Insert the shortcode [back_to_top] in any page or post where you wish the button to appear. Or, you could automatically append it to every page by using another snippet:

add_action('wp_footer', 'back_to_top_shortcode');


Adding a “Back to Top” button to your WordPress site enhances usability and can be done easily with a shortcode. By using a Code Snippets plugin, you ensure that your website remains stable and that your custom code is not lost during theme updates. Implement this user-friendly feature today, and improve your site’s navigation with just a few clicks!