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

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Do you want to add multi-column content to your WordPress posts?

Columns can be used to create engaging layouts for your posts and pages. They make it easier for you to organize your content. They can also improve readability as your website visitors quickly scan the text.

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

How to add multi column content in WordPress posts

Why Add Multi-Column Content in WordPress?

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.

For example, if you run a magazine website, then you can use a multi-column layout to organize your content. It will give it the same feel as you would find in a physical magazine.

Organizing your content in multiple columns is also helpful if you are publishing comparisons, research papers, and other interactive content on your WordPress website. It improves readability and boosts engagement.

That said, let’s see how you can add multi-column content in the block and classic editor. You can simply click the links below to jump ahead to the method you want to use:

Adding Multi-Column Content in WordPress Block Editor – The Easy Way

Creating multi-column content, also known as grid column content in WordPress, is now easy because it is a default feature. The WordPress block editor includes a Columns block.

To add a multi-column layout, you need to create a new post or edit an existing one. Once you are in the content editor, click on the ‘+’ icon at the top to add a block.

Next, you need to select the Columns block in the ‘Design’ tab.

Add a column block

Next, you will need to select the number of columns and layouts you would like to use for your blog post.

WordPress will show you different options to choose from. For example, you can pick a 50/50 column layout, use a 33/66 layout, and more.

Choose number of columns to add

After choosing a layout, you can add blocks to your columns. The Columns block allows you to add blocks inside each column.

For example, you can select the Paragraph block and add content to it.

Add blocks to columns

You will also be able to see the block settings in the right column of the post-edit screen in the settings panel. Here, you can edit the width of the columns.

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

Simply take the mouse to one of the columns and click the ‘+’ button to add a block. You can also add a block by typing ‘/’ and then the block name.

For example, we added an image in one column and some text in the other column.

Add media content to columns

Adding Multiple Columns in Old WordPress Classic Editor

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

First, install and activate the Column Shortcodes 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 edit an old one. Once you are in the classic editor, simply click on the ‘[ ]’ button in the toolbar.

Click the shortcode buttons

The plugin will now show you a list of column shortcodes for your blog post.

You can choose any layout you would like to add to your WordPress blog. There are also options to edit the column padding.

Select shortcode for columns

Once you have selected a shortcode, it will automatically appear in the classic editor. For instance, we picked the ‘one half’ shortcode for this tutorial.

You can then enter your content between the shortcodes.

Enter your text between column shortcodes

Next, you can click the shortcode icon ‘[ ]’ again to add another column shortcode.

Let’s add the ‘one half (last)’ shortcode to show two columns next to each other. From here, you just need to add your content to the other column.

Enter text for second column and publish post

After that, you can preview your post and publish it.

Here’s how it looked on our test site.

Multi column content in classic editor

We hope this article helped you learn how to add multi-column content in WordPress posts and pages. You may also want to see our simple guide on how to add a blog post checklist in the WordPress editor and our expert picks for the must-have WordPress plugins for business sites.

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  2. Jiří Vaněk says

    Great, finally I know how to do it in Gutenberg as well. That’s actually why I switched to Elementor because I found Gutenberg not very intuitive. Maybe I was just too lazy to learn it. However, in Elementor, I understood and found this feature right away. Now I know how to handle Gutenberg too :). Thanks!

  3. Ralph says

    Thank you! It was really simple with your guide. Using 3 columns will definitely make some of my content look better than boring wall of text.

  4. Nishant Kumar says

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

  5. Matt says

    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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  6. Sir Newton says

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

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  7. Caite Adamek says

    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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  8. Kimberly Kelley says

    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.

  9. Nicole says

    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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  10. Rob Tait says


    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?


  11. Ashish says

    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.

  12. dimiter kirov says

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

  13. Jenny says

    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!

    • Rob Tait says

      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

  14. Heather says

    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.

  15. Kirk says

    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

  16. om zho says

    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?

  17. Martine S. says

    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!

    • Joe Nelo says

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

  18. PB says

    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

  19. Naveed says

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

  20. Daniel Speraw says

    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,

  21. Chris Xphstos says


    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…

  22. Debra Torres says

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

  23. Mark Corder says

    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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