Something as simple as formatting your content in columns can do a lot to make a page more interesting. Think of a sales page, for example. With the long-form text, things could get boring quickly if there wasn’t a little extra formatting involved.
Unfortunately, something like creating columns should be simple, but it requires code in WordPress. Luckily there are plugins that can make our lives a whole lot easier, so today we’ll talk about our two favorite options for making columns (without code) on your Genesis site.
Option 1: Genesis Columns Advanced
The first option is a nice and simple plugin created by Nick Diego called Genesis Columns Advanced. This plugin is great because you can use it in both your posts and pages to create a variety of column layouts.
To start, install the plugin and head over to the page or post that you’d like to add columns to. In the formatting menu, you’ll notice that there’s a new menu item available with two columns of three lines and a dropdown arrow. Clicking that button will open up the different column options you have available.
From there, you can easily create anywhere from 2 to 6 columns of equal width or create custom columns using the “Advanced Layouts” option.
Once you choose what type of column layout to create, you’ll see a shortcode appear in your post or page. All you have to do is replace the placeholder content with your own content and you’re good to go.
Once you preview your post, you’ll see the content you added is there, formatted in the column layout you chose. The best part? Responsiveness is already taken care of for you!
Option 2: Beaver Builder
Our second option of using the Beaver Builder plugin is a bit easier, but is limiting because it can only be used in pages, not posts.
You can use either the free or paid (affiliate) version of the plugin to create anywhere from 2 to 6 columns and drop in any content you want. Check out our post all about Beaver Builder for a tutorial of how to get started!
How can you make your pages more interesting?
Like we mentioned before, a little special formatting can go a long way when it comes to things like blog posts, About pages, and sales pages. Take a look at yours and see if there’s anything you can do to spice them up. If adding columns would help, check out one of the two options we went over today and try it out!