Column Posts

Posted on October 17th, 2012

Column Posts is a WordPress plugin that allows you to display your posts in columns. The columns can be classified by categories or posts.

These are the features:

  • The columns can be grouped by categories or posts.
  • The column boxes can be displayed between 1 to 3 columns.
  • The category title can be redefined.
  • The categories can be selected manually or displayed all.
  • The categories can be ordered by id, name and listed in the include category.
  • The number of posts can be specified.
  • The posts can be shown with excerpts, thumbnails or only post title.
  • Sticky posts can be hidden.
  • Only posts with thumbnails by category can be shown.
  • The posts can be ordered by title or date.
  • The size of the thumbnails is configurable.
  • The appearance of the elements shown in the plugin can be configured.
  • This plugin has the flexibility to be used as a template tag or widget.

Setting Options

The configuration page of this plugin is divided in five sections: Usage, Columns, Categories, Posts and Styling.
Usage section: This section explains how this plugin can be used. There are two ways to use this plugin: template tag and widget.
Column section: This section allows you to choose how the columns will be grouped and the numbers of columns to be displayed.
Categories section: This section allow you to redefine the category title, include or exclude categories and change their ordering.
Posts section: In this section, you can specify the number of posts to show, adjust the lenght of the title, hide sticky posts, show excerpts and thumbnails.
Styling section: In this section, you can change the styling of the column posts such as font family, font color. font size, etc .

Output plugin

The following image shows you the output of the plugin:


  1. Petrus

     /  October 26, 2012

    In which template file should I put the code

    <?php do_action('columnpost'); ?>


  2. Petrus

     /  October 26, 2012

    In which template file should I put the code

  3. Hi!

    I would like to know how to limit the amount of excerpt data I am displaying: like number of words or number of characters, etc. sometimes is too much of it and I do not want to fill up the page with big paragraphs of information. Is this possible?


    • lebasca

       /  October 26, 2012

      Hi Peter, the default excerpt shows 55 words of the post content. You can change the length in your functions.php file located in your theme directory. I will add this question in the Column Posts FAQs page with an example tomorrow. Please visit the FAQ page for this link

  4. Hi. I would like 1) to use the category name instead of the slug, and 2) have a link below each category list to the category itself (i.e. Read More …). Give me a couple code snippets and locations to put them and I’m good. Thanks!

  5. Kerry

     /  November 11, 2012

    Hi. I have installed and activated the plugin but I wanted to know if it is possible to only display the columns on my front page? Thanks

  6. I need classified wp plugin.

  7. Leonfort2

     /  December 17, 2012

    Hello, Lebasca,
    I placed
    in Page.php (model)
    in post.php
    in post-page.php
    but in my theme NewNews, this seems doesnt work
    Maybe I’m wrong where placing code
    Can you help me ?
    Thanks a lot

    • lebasca

       /  December 20, 2012

      Hi Leonfort2! I just released a new version of this plugin. You can use a shortcode to display the output of this plugin in your page or post content.

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