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WordPress as a CMS Part 1: Multiple Columns

It’s become pretty popular to use WordPress not only as a blogging platform, but as a full-blown CMS. But out of the box WordPress still has some pretty big limitations.

For example it is pretty common to have one primary content area, and then a column of widgets that is basically the same from page to page.  But generally WordPress isn’t particularly user-friendly when it comes to dealing with multiple columns of page or post specific content. Fortunately there’s a plugin that makes having multiple columns of page specific content really easy.

WordPress Post Columns

If you want to  easily add separate columns of content to a page (or post) on your WordPress website then this is a great plugin.  One thing very nice about this plugin is you don’t have to modify your theme at all to use it, so especially great if you are uncomfortable with theme modification.

Basically all you have to do is install this plugin on your WordPress site, activate it, and then on whatever page you want multiple columns add in tags like this:

[column width="40%" padding="20px] some content. [/column] [column width="40%" padding="0"] Some more content. [/column][end_columns]

And the result can be something like this:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec neque ligula, consequat id adipiscing ut, accumsan non sapien. Nam facilisis blandit pulvinar. Nulla et sem fringilla nunc pellentesque dictum sed eget massa. Ut adipiscing varius dolor, vulputate lacinia enim rhoncus at. Sed metus felis, porta sit amet convallis et, accumsan commodo dolor. Suspendisse potenti. Praesent nisi lacus, vestibulum eget vulputate et, posuere non urna. Suspendisse pellentesque malesuada imperdiet

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec neque ligula, consequat id adipiscing ut, accumsan non sapien. Nam facilisis blandit pulvinar. Nulla et sem fringilla nunc pellentesque dictum sed eget massa. Ut adipiscing varius dolor, vulputate lacinia enim rhoncus at. Sed metus felis, porta sit amet convallis et, accumsan commodo dolor. Suspendisse potenti. Praesent nisi lacus, vestibulum eget vulputate et, posuere non urna. Suspendisse pellentesque malesuada imperdiet

There are many more plugins out there that can be very useful, especially if you want to use WordPress as a full blown CMS, and part two of this series will be featuring one called the The Page.ly MultiEdit Plugin.