Calling wordpress shortcodes from within PHP code

I was looking for a way to display my linked in profile in the sidebar. sidebar.php template needed to be edited – but I wasn’t sure how to call the shortcode (li_card) from within the template….
I discovered the do_shortcode function – which worked just as advertised…
<?php echo do_shortcode("[shortcode]"); ?>

Working Example (shortcode linkedin card )

<?php echo do_shortcode("
Anuj Varma
Cloud Solutions | Data Science Research | Enterprise Security Solutions - Cloud Advisory | Security Advisory | Data Science
"); ?>

Cloud Advisory Services | Security Advisory Services | Data Science Advisory and Research

Specializing in high volume web and cloud application architecture, Anuj Varma’s customer base includes Fortune 100 companies (, British Petroleum, Schlumberger).

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