Wordpress, short codes wont work in custom theme I made

I have started to learn how to make custom themes for wordpress and have problems when installing plugins that have shortcodes. I try to add a shortcode ( usually a form plugin, i have tried two different ones and also an ecwid shopping cart yet no shortcodes have worked, yes the plugins were activated) by creating a page and using the visual/html editor. When i check the page it does not show anything. here is my single.php..

<?php get_header(); ?>
  <div id="maintopwrapper">
    <div class="container" id="topwrapper">
<div class="row">
<div class="span8">

 <?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
<!-- Content Here -->

<div class="row"><div class="span8 greygrad round">
<div class="padding"><div class="content" style="margin-top:25px;"><?php the_content(); ?></div></div></div></div>

<div class="row margintop"><div class="span8 greygrad round">
<div class="padding">

<?php comments_template() ?>

<?php endwhile;?> 

<?php get_sidebar(); ?>


    </div> <!-- end of maintop wrapper-->

<?php get_footer(); ?>

It should show since the_content() is there right? Let me know if you need anything else for me to share. Plugins I tried a gravityforms, ecwid shopping cart, and quforms..all of which the shortcodes do not work. The only way I got one of them to work is by creating a custom page theme and adding hardcoded php to call the function but I rather have shortcodes working so the theme is usuable by people who dont code.

For live example: http://modernlogic.co/wp

the "contact" page in menu is actually hardcoded in the custom theme which is not using the shortcodes like I want in the "sample page" in menu

Thanks in advance


I am a idiot... I realized that I had no page.php and so when I tried adding the shortcode to a page it referred to the index.php instead of page.php(since there was none) and so it only showed the excerpt and not the content. I figured this out because I tried adding the shortcode to a post and so when it went to single.php, the shortcode worked since it has content and not just excerpt. oh well I guess trial and error.. Thanks for trying to help me anyway

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