I’m migrating from one Visual Page editor to another. I’m extracting the texts surrounded by the shortcode opening and closing tags.

Before I write my own parsing script, I wanted to make sure that WordPress didn’t already have a solution for this, or something else didn’t already exist either. I feel like this is a common need that there may already be something to handle it.

Here is an example of the post_content data. As you can see this can get infinitely nested and complex.

I want to pull the data out and put it into an array. So that it’s a lot easier to read, I highlighted the only two text phrases in the data.

[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]this is text[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]text phrase 2[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]

Once it’s extracted, I want to store it in an array like such:

$data = array(
    'this is text', 
    'text phrase 2'
);

I can handle that though. Just wanted to make sure I wasn’t reinventing the wheel. Note, I don’t care about any of the data within the shortcode definitions themselves.

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