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How to Add Multi-Column Content in WordPress Posts (No HTML Required)

Do you want to add multi-column content in your WordPress posts? Columns can be used to create engaging layouts for your posts and pages.

Traditional print media, like newspapers and magazines, have been using multi-column layouts since the very early days of printing. Their goal was to make it easier for users to read the smaller text while utilizing the available space economically.

Single column layouts are more commonly used on the web. However, multi-column grids are still useful for highlighting content and making it easier to scan and read.

In this article, we’ll show you how to easily add multi-column content in your WordPress posts without writing any HTML code.

Add Multi-Column Content in WordPress Posts and Pages

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Adding Multi-Column Content in WordPress – The Easy Way

Creating multi-column content aka grid column content in WordPress is now easy because it comes as a default feature. The new WordPress Block Editor Gutenberg includes a columns block.

To add a multi-column layout, you need to create a new post or edit an existing one. Once you’re in the post edit area, click on the ‘Add’ icon on the top to add a block.

Next, you need to select the ‘Columns’ block located under ‘Layout Elements’ tab.

Add Columns Block in Your WordPress post

You will now see the mouse cursor jumping on the left column and a text placeholder will appear on the right column.

Columns block WordPress in WordPress added to post

As you can see in the above screenshot, the Columns block seems just an empty area at first. If you mouse over to the left, you can see the block border highlighted.

You will also be able to see the block settings on the right column of the post edit screen.

Columns Block WordPress - 2 Columns

By default, the columns block will adds two columns. You can increase the number of columns you want to add from the block settings on the right. It allows you to add up to six columns in a single row.

Add more columns to your Columns

Simply click on a column and start typing to add content. You can use the tab key on your keyboard for switching to the next column.

Add Text in Your WordPress Columns

Adding Media and Other Content in Your Columns

In addition to the text content, you can also add images and embed videos in WordPress columns.

The columns block allows you to add blocks inside each column. Simply take the mouse to a column, and you will notice the ‘Add new block’ icon inside it. You can also add a block by typing / and then the block name.

Add new block in WordPress columns

Your selected block will now appear inside the column. You can now go ahead and add content to it.

Image Block Added to WordPress

Here’s how your new column may look in the default Twenty Nineteen theme. In this example, we are using three columns and the last column contains an image.

3 Columns in WordPress Post - Preview

If you only want to add an image and some text next to it, then you can also use the ‘Media and Text’ block instead of columns. This particular block is made specifically for showing media like images and videos next to some text.

Add Media and Text Block in WordPress

Adding Multiple Columns in Old WordPress Classic Editor

In case you haven’t upgraded your WordPress to Gutenberg and still using the Classic Editor, then you’ll need to install a separate plugin for creating a grid column layout.

First, install and activate the Lightweight Grid Columns plugin. For detailed instructions, follow our step by step guide on how to install a plugin in WordPress.

Upon activation, you can create a new post or open an old post to edit. Next, click on the ‘Add Columns’ button from the visual editor toolbar.

Add Columns Icon Lightweight Grid Columns Plugin

Now you will see a popup window to add your first column. You can choose how much area your column can cover, in desktops, tablets, and mobile devices differently.

For example, if you set the desktop grid percentage 50%, your column will cover the half row.

Grid Width Percent - Lightweight Grid Columns

There’re plenty of options to set your column width, from 5% to 100% in the interval of 5. You can choose one by clicking the dropdown.

Column Width Options - Grid Percentages

After that, you need to add your column content in the ‘Content’ box and then click the “OK” button to insert it into your post.

Add Content to Your Column  - Lightweight Grid Columns Plugin

The plugin will now generate the required shortcode with your content and add it to your post editor.

Shortcode and Content Added to WordPress Column

Now that your first column is added, you can repeat the process to add more columns. For the last column in row, don’t forget to check the box ‘Last column in row’.

Shortcode and Content for 2 Columns in WordPress

After that, you can save your post and preview it. Here’s how it looked on our test site using Twenty Seventeen theme.

Two WordPresss Columns in Twenty Seventeen Theme

We hope this article helped you learn how to add columns in your WordPress posts and pages. You may also want to see our simple guide on how to easily align images in WordPress posts.

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  1. Really very useful. I am not aware of how to add a column section in the WordPress blog. Now I got it.

  2. Hi there – thanks for this post really helpful post. One quick question – is the text auto assigned to each of the (two) columns to ensure the columns are the same height on the page, or is this something you have to test/manage on text entry?

    • You would need to manually ensure your content is the same or similar length if you wanted that.


  3. Please, how can I make my ecommerce website to display two column product view on mobile.

    • You would want to check with the support for your theme or the ecommerce plugin you are using for modifying the styling of your store page.


    • We do not have a recommended method for going 11 columns wide at the moment. Depending on what you’re looking to display you may want to take a look at creating a table instead of columns.


  4. Is there a way to automatically transfer the columns? When I set up my 2 columns, I put the images in the 1st column, then the text in the 2nd. I noticed that the mobile version can’t display the 2 columns next to each other, so the images are displayed first, then the text. I would like the text to be displayed first, then the images. Do I have to retype it all, or is there a clever way to switch the content of the 2 columns?

    • Not at the moment, you could create a 2 column area beneath where you have it currently and place the content how you want it there then delete the original.


  5. Using the multi-column (2) columns, the videos overlap themselves. is there anyway to adjust the max with of the videos since the only way I can seem to add them is via url, not embed code.

  6. Any way to vertically center things in a column with new blocks/Gutenberg editor? Like I’d want a vertically centered image on the left, and text on the right. So say 30 lines of text and a 200 px height image – is there an easier way than manually inserting and sizing spacer blocks?

    • For what it sounds like you’re wanting, you may want to use the media and text block rather than the columns block.


  7. Hi

    How do I write in 1 column and then 2 columns for next paragraph and then back to 1 column for the 3rd p/graph?

    Any help much appreciated?


  8. Why can’t we just elementor or any such page builder plugin. It is a lot more easier to use with so many additional features.

  9. This plugin has not been updated for 3 years and to top it all it won’t work with Gutenberg plugin

  10. Hello,
    I tried adding columns to one of my pages and the Advanced Column button did not appear. I checked my plugins and it said it’s installed. Do you know what the problem would be?

    Thank you!

    • You need to install an advanced visual editor such as TIny MCE in order to see the button. It won’t display on the standard default visual editor. Just had the same problem but it now shows after installing the above which is free.
      Hope that helps

  11. I installed the plugin and activated it. It is displaying as “activated.” Still, there is no button. How do I troubleshoot this; I already know how to install a plugin so that fix is not applicable.

  12. Installed the plugin with a basic free theme, and the column button never appeared in my Pages editor. I know you’re not the creator of the plugin, just wanted to share our experience

  13. upon pasting from text edit, the text spacing is weird as there are no “clean format” selection for advance WP column.. how can you fix it?

  14. Hey, this sounds great! But how will it look on phones? I’m using a similar plugin to have two columns, one for Norwegian and one for English. But when people read my blog via phone, the second column comes right after the first column so it looks like a full text – in two different languages!

    • What plug in are you using to display two columns of text? I am trying to do the same for English and Esperanto.

  15. Is there a way to ensure the text in these columns displays as a list, i.e. with hard line breaks between items rather than as a single block of run-on text?

    Many thanks in anticipation of your advice

  16. i am using wordpress version 4.5 , but this plugin is not compatible with my theme can i use this plugin for my theme ??

  17. It looks good when columns are added to the post, but when I look at it published it has reverted to 1 centered column. I’ve tried it multiple times and in two browsers. Any thoughts?
    This is by far the easiest plugin. I REALLY want to use it.
    Many thanks,

  18. Ηι!

    Is there a way to present a layout with columns but not one post with 2-3-4 columns etc.?
    Each column withing a page will be a seperated post. Something like Joomla’s Blog Layout…

  19. This is exactly what I needed! Been trying to use tables for columns and getting so frustrated. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  20. I must say – if you need to use multiple columns on a regular basis, this looks like a great solution even if you DO know HTML/CSS! Love the fact that they included a breakpoint in the Options for adapting to responsive designs…

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