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The IMDb for WordPress plugin allows you to display movies, series and actors via your editor or make use of the Widget.

Plugin requirements

Before installing the plugin, please check that the following conditions are met on your server.

  • PHP 5.3 or greater
  • MySQL 5.0.3 or greater
  • WordPress 3.4 or greater
  • PHP curl and/or PHP fopen enabled

In general the above-mentioned requirements are easily met by all web hosting providers. For a fast Wordpress WebHosting we recommend Bluehost.

If you are already running a working WordPress installation you can easily install the plugin (as described in the next chapter). Normally the plugin will work as expected.


Install via uploader

  • Login to your website and go to the admin dashboard.
  • Select Plugins -> Add New from the side menu.
  • Click the Upload link.
  • Upload the imdb-for-wordpress.zip file included in the downloaded package.
  • Click the Activate Plugin link.

Install via FTP

  • Extract the imdb-for-wordpress.zip file locally
  • Connect to your server and upload the folder into your /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  • Login to your website and go to the admin dashboard.
  • Select Plugins from the side menu.
  • Click the Activate Plugin link.

You have now successfully installed the plugin.

Within the next chapter you get prepared in order to use it in a productive environment.

IMDb for WordPress: Configuration

Visit the configuration page via Settings -> IMDb on your left side and customize the following fields if necessary.

IMDb for WordPress Plugin - Settings


Basically all data are available in English. If you want to output titles and descriptions in another language (e.g. German), a The Movie Database (TMDb) developer API key is required. Displaying actors requires a valid API key as well.

Note: However actor descriptions are only available in English.

Box Style

We are provide a variety of different styles for the IMDb movie/series box. Right now you can select one of the following styles:

  • Clean (layout only, adapting your themes design)
  • Light
  • Dark
  • Navy
  • Red

The default style for every box will be chosen on your settings page.

We regularly work on more styles. Anyway you are able to create your own style via CSS.

Cache duration

Due to the fact that api requests take some time there’s a built-in caching functionality. In fact you are able to enter the time which will be used to prevent the plugin from requesting the movie/series informations (titles, teaser, ratings etc.).

We suggest using a caching time of at least 3 days due to the fact that most of the data won’t change that often. At the end of this period of time the plugin will fetch fresh informations from the used API again.

Anyway this options increased your page speed due to the fact that the results will be saved temporarily and not be fetched so often.

Editor preview

Enable this option if you want to display an preview of the IMDb box within your WordPress editor instead of the raw link.

Due to the fact that there is a different rendering mode within your admin dashboard, the layout of this preview is not exactly like the presentation on the frontend. Additionally the preview only works by pasting an IMDb link. It won’t work if you use the imdb shortcode.


Here you can enable or disable certain functions for the frontend output. Currently the following options are available:

  • Metascore rating
  • American film-rating (MPAA) and TV Parental Guidelines classifications

More options will be added by and by.

Clear Cache

If you need to clear the cache manually in order to get the current movie/series data (e.g. ratings) simply hit the button.

Clear Image Cache

All movie/series thumbnails (called posters) will be stored within under the following path: /wp-content/cache/imdb/ after there are being fetched from the IMDb. The posters won’t be affected by the general cache duration and its renewal of data. This workflow increases the performance tremendously.

If you need to clear the image cache manually in order to get the current movie/series posters simply hit the button.

IMDb for WordPress: How-To & Shortcodes

In general the plugin recognizes IMDb movie/series links.

Even if they are extended by some custom attributes like “http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2395427/?ref_=hm_cht_t0“.

Display an IMDb box by using the editor

1. IMDb shortcode

Additionally you can use the old fashioned way and insert the imdb shortcode within your editor.


Please remove the whitespace at the start and end of the example above.

2. IMDb shortcode with different styles

If you want to use a different style (independent from the default style selected on the configuration page) for a certain box, you can use the imdb shortcode and add the custom style (lowercase written).

[imdb style="dark"]http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2820852/[/imdb]

Display an IMDb box by using the widget

You want to display a movie/series within your sidebars? No problem! Use our widget and get it done easily!

IMDb for WordPress Plugin - Widget

Customize the widget by selecting a different style if you want.

If you want to see the plugin and consequently the shortcodes in action feel free to visit the demo page.

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