BNS Helpers


A collection of shortcodes and helper functions to provide some additional output and compatibilities.

The current version of BNS Helpers includes the following:

  • Allows Text Widgets to parse shortcode structures
  • Turns on the dashicons option in BNS Login ( replacing its text output
  • Adds the [ child_pages ] shortcode to provide a list of child-pages of the current page
  • Adds the [ dropdown_child_pages ] shortcode to provide a drop-down list of child-pages of the current page
  • Adds the [ tool_tip ] shortcode to provide easy hover effect balloon text wrapped by the shortcode

Copyright 2015 Edward Caissie (email :

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2,
as published by the Free Software Foundation.

You may NOT assume that you can use any other version of the GPL.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
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Screenshot Source

Screenshots were captured using the latest version of Opus Primus ( as the baseline


Latest version: Download BNS Helpers v0.3 [zip]


This section describes how to install the plugin and get it working.

  1. Go to the “Plugins” menu in the Administration Panels (“dashboard”).
  2. Click the ‘Add New’ link.
  3. Click the “Upload” link.
  4. Browse for the file on your computer; upload; and, install accordingly.
  5. Activate.

— or –

  1. Go to the “Plugins” menu in the Administration Panels (“dashboard”).
  2. Click the ‘Add New’ link.
  3. Search for BNS Helpers.
  4. Install.
  5. Activate.

Please read this article for further assistance:


The “child-pages” shortcodes will work as is without any additional parameters in any page.
For additional details of what parameters are available, please have a look at the following functions relevant to the shortcode:

  • [ child_pages ] –
  • [ dropdown_child_pages ] –
  • [ dropdown_child_pages ] (advanced) –

The [ tool_tip ] shortcode has one parameter character which is set to an exclamation mark (!) as the default.
An example usage is: [ tool_tip character=?]This is the tool tip text![ /tool_tip ] (with no spaces inside the square brackets)



  • Released 2015
  • Provide (temporary?) support against stored XSS issue with too long comments


  • Released April 2015
  • Added [ tool_tip ] shortcode
  • Minor code clean-up


  • Released January 2015
  • Initial Release.

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