Maya Angelou

What a wonderfully simple way to highlight areas of content, using the free plugin Drop Shadow Boxes.

Using this means your WordPress admin can now add boxes with drop shadows to posts, pages and widget areas.

Drop Shadow Boxes

What is the Drop Shadow Boxes Plugin?

Drop Shadow Boxes provides an easy way to highlight important content on your posts, pages and widget areas.

You can personalise the box with drop shadow effects like raised, lifted and perspective and also choose whether the box has an inside shadow,outside shadow and rounded corners

The plugin includes a widget and shortcode builder with a preview,so you can test your box before adding it.

The shadows will display correctly on most browsers – some older versions of Internet Explorer may not – but they will display the box with the content so nothing will be missing from the page.

The Drop Shadow Boxes Post or Page Option

The plugin offers two main interfaces. If you want to use it inside blog posts, or on pages – all you have to do is go to the post editing screen and click the Add Box button which will be next to your ‘Add Media' button in your toolbar once the plugin is installed

You'll see a simple customization screen [ See Below ] where you can set the details of your box (colors, edges, shadows, etc.), plus you can take a look at the preview.


Drop Shadow Boxes

The Drop Shadow Boxes Widget Option

The other way to use it is through a widget. The options available on the Widgets screen are pretty much the same. Just look in the widget area of your dashboard, and one will be waiting for you to drag into your sidebar – you can see what it looks like below

Drop Shadow Boxes

Why use Drop Shadow Boxes?

All round, the plugin is a great solution for everyone who wants to shed some more light on a given piece of content and make it extra visible.
It works extremely well for all kinds of call to action buttons, quotes, links and downloads.

Instructions (Simples!)

Download from –

The plugin itself doesn’t require any configuration. There isn’t a settings page.

You can access the widget from the Widgets dashboard page – drag, drop and configure as you would any other widget.

The shortcode builder allows you to add Drop Shadow Boxes to posts and pages. You can access from the media toolbar while you’re editing the post/page by clicking on the box icon next to the upload/insert media button.

This is a quick one I did to demonstrate


[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”horizontal-curve-both” width=”250px” height=”” background_color=”#e1dcdd” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]”I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou[/dropshadowbox]

Are you Shortcode Familiar?

If you prefer not to use the shortcode builder, or if you’d like to modify an existing drop shadow box then you can find the Shortcode Reference guide on this page, half way down.

Here are some examples of effects

Drop Shadow Boxes Plugin

Drop Shadow Boxes Plugin….. Frequently Asked Questions

Will the shadows work in all browser?

It will work on the latest versions of all browsers. Some older browsers may not display the shadows – but they will display the box with the content. Please see this page for examples to see how it performs on your browser.

How do I add a Drop Shadow box to a page?

You can use the widget for widget areas or use the shortcode builder on posts and pages.

How do I open the shortcode builder?
While you’re editing a post or page you can open the shortcode builder by clicking on the box icon next to the upload media button above the toolbar.

How do I add links and other formatting inside the box? 
Once you’ve added the shortcode to the page/post you can edit the contents just like any other content.

How do two or more boxes side by side?
Align the second box left.

Can I edit the shadow effect? 
The shortcode builder offers quite a few options. If you need further customisation you’ll need to over-ride the css classes in your theme (usually style.css).

Will the css file be loaded on all pages or only when it’s needed?
The css file will only be loaded when it’s needed – when there’s a shortcode on the page or post or a widget in a widget area.

Are images used to display the shadows? 
No. It uses CSS3 only.


Thanks for reading!

Do let me know if this is a useful tool for you 😊

Jacs Henderson




Jacs Henderson
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    26 replies to "A Simple Way To Highlight Content Using Drop Shadow Boxes"

    • Liz Delaney

      I really like the effect that shadow boxes have, Jacs. I think it will be a great tool. Thanks for raising awareness. I love new toys, so am off to investigate.
      Take care
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Thanks for dropping by Liz… hope you find it an asset 🙂

    • Bruno Buergi

      Hey Jacs, you share all the time some cool tools to use for blogging. Thanks
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      • Jacs Henderson

        My pleasure Bruno – it’s great when one of these is useful for someone 🙂

    • Suzie Cheel

      That is brilliant Jacs, just does my blog need another plugin 🙂 Thanks for sharing and I love the idea as I am using drop shadows on all my image quotes . Can you have colour?
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Lol! I love plugins too Suzie!! At the moment I don’t think colour is available in the simple box to add text, but if you know how to use shortcode then you can adapt the plugin however you like. I know Steven will be doing updates in the future, so you never know 🙂

    • Maria Tomas-Keegan

      Hi, Jacs … great new “gizmo” for my blog … I’m going to give it a try. It sounds a little complicated and I’m a “techno-embryo” but, I love the idea of being able to highlight content and creating CTA buttons. Thanx so much for sharing such great content. ~~~Maria

      • Jacs Henderson

        Maria, thanks for your comments… it’s really very simple, but somehow trying to put things into words can make it sound complicated!! No techno knowledge needed at all – once it’s uploaded. Happy to help if you get stuck at all 🙂

    • Dexter Roona

      Looks like a useful plugin, i tend to use the blockquote code to do something similar really in that it just highlights the section you blockquote

      regards dexter

    • donna merrill

      Aha…So that’s how to add a drop box Jacs!

      I always admired how nice a blog post looked with that. But running around, doing my daily DMO, and marketing, I hesitated to look it up and find out how to do it.

      Thank you…You have saved me so much time to figure this out and I do appreciate it. Now, all I have to do is apply this!

      Again, thanks a million!

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      • Jacs Henderson

        So pleased to have handed you something useful Donna – I love it when that happens!!

        You probably know this but I’ll add it for other readers – something Dexter mentioned… If you highlight some text, then click the blockquote (“) symbol in the toolbar, then preview your post…. the text may appear in a coloured box, which is funky too!

        This may not work on all themes though, it doesn’t work on my Optimizepress2 theme, but I an use Drop Shadow Boxes there.

        Happy Boxing 🙂


    • Monna Ellithorpe

      Hi Jacs,

      This is so cool. I will be checking this out further when the revision of my blog is completed. I love the look of these and to especially draw attention to something.

      Have a great day, Monna
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Thanks Monna! It is good for drawing attention to phrases, images or quotes 🙂

    • Jeff Sollee

      Hi Jacs,

      I’ve never been very good and dealing with either graphics or creating any kind of effects like drop shadow boxes, or anything that would make my site pop. But I have always felt that my site was bland and missing something.

      I am definitely going to give this plug in a go and play around with it a little to try to give my site a little bit of needed “POP”

      From what you say here, it seems like it is simple to use, so even myself (who is tech challenged) can use it to make some pretty incredible boxes.

      Forgive me if this is a “rookie” question… But I am guessing that html is allowed inside the area where you put your content?

      Thank you for this one Jacs it is a welcomed addition to my arsenal!

      All the best,
      Jeff Sollee
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Hi Jeff!

        It is simple to use… really! I was amazed. You can customize the box effect, alignment, background colour, shadow features, corners, the box size, and the border colour and thickness … and yes, you can paste html or plain text into the content area.

        Hope it can add some”POP” for you!

        Thanks for your visit Jeff, I appreciate your comment 🙂

    • Willena Flewelling

      That’s a cool tool! I like the looks of shadow boxes. And I also love the little twitter bird who follows me down your page! Is that a plugin too?
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    • Philip Verghese Ariel

      Hi Jacs,
      Thank you so much for this wonderful information!
      Oh My… This is indeed a wonderful thing to me!
      Looks so lovely, i must give a try!
      Thanks for the detailed tuto.

      Have a blessed time ahead of sharing and caring. 🙂
      Best Regards
      ~ Phil
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Hi Philip,
        happy you found this useful, it is indeed a very useful tool for bloggers… just what is missing from the wordpress dashboard!
        warm wishes,

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