Two side-by-side columns in WordPress


How to organize posts into two side-by-side columns in WordPress: A quick tutorial on setting up the front page of a WordPress blog to display two side by side columns with posts alternating between the two columns. The tutorial does require some simple PHP code that is not included (but should be, pseudo code is provided) but the concept is interesting, especially for theme developers looking for the next new thing. In my experience, side by side posts are more applicable for blogs that are heavy in embedded media and light on text.




  1. ChaosKaizer (62 comments.) says:

    thank you mark, thats a very neat trick..

  2. Jeffro2pt0 (164 comments.) says:

    Interesting. Reminds of a default Joomla installation as you can switch between this view, and a regular content layout view.

  3. Rick Beckman (15 comments.) says:

    Speaking of side-by-sides, I saw that designer Natalie Jost posted up a theme called “His & Hers” which supports side-by-side post columns based on category. It’s pretty slick looking.

  4. Mark Ghosh (386 comments.) says:

    Rick: His and Hers is a very cool idea indeed!

  5. Jeff (27 comments.) says:

    I wasn’t all that interested, but now that I’ve seen this concept in action, it’s got me thinking…. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Kaf (7 comments.) says:

    There is (of course) more than one way to skin this cat:

  7. Rex Ruthless says:

    Great idea if you don’t give a damn about good typography. Did you check out the example site in this story? Atrocious!

  8. W-Shadow says:

    That’s a neat idea. Reminded me I need a multiple sidebar plugin, too…
    “His & Hers” looks good.

  9. Sadish (7 comments.) says:

    is it not already done by Hemingway? I use it on my version of Hemingway at .

  10. Jonathan (1 comments.) says:

    Hmmm, I did a much more complicated version of this at Although I’m not sure it would work for the format I’m using….

    Great simple concept however!

  11. Sam Burdge (1 comments.) says:

    You can use this versatile plugin, which allows you to create as many columns as you like within a wordpress post or page.

  12. imran (4 comments.) says:

    thanks for sharing i was looking for a similar solution to have two side by side post layout

  13. Chris M (2 comments.) says:

    Very nice!

    What I am trying to find out is whether you can list your blogroll links side by side in two columns. I’ve done it successfully with categories, but can’t seem to do with with the links..

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