Are you thinking of displaying WordPress posts in a grid view? A grid layout is when you want to show your posts and pages in a justified way. It makes websites look more professional while giving the visitor other options for reading more content.
The real purpose of any given website is to keep the visitor engaged. What better way is there than to show pages that a reader may be interested in? While internal links from one page to another are beneficial, sometimes the display of the articles works even better.
Today, I will go over the benefits of grid view and how to use it in WordPress.
What Is Grid View?
Grid view is very common in WordPress and many themes natively support and use it, but what exactly is it?
To put it simply, the grid view allows you to place content into specific spaces on a page or post. Most commonly you will see grid view on a home page showing off its most recent or popular blog posts.
A WordPress grid layout is also capable of focusing on specific categories when it comes to showing content for the website. For instance, you could show two rows of three columns all centered around your most popular material. This would show the visitor six different pages he or she could proceed to visit.
Typically, a snippet of the post is available within the content of a grid layout. These snippets are intended to interest the visitor by telling him or her the basis of the topic. Think of them as a short but engaging description of your content to give visitors that extra push to click.
It is an excellent way to display your latest content to visitors. It is also quite stylish. Grid view comes in many different formats and in many cases, you can create your own view to fit the content you are showing off.
This makes the grid view ideal for almost any website.
Pages and Posts Are Different
Before you begin, you should bear in mind the difference between posts and pages.
Posts are the content that you might add daily. Some people will write two or three posts per day to fill the site with content. It is normal to create thousands of posts in your website’s lifetime.
Pages are the static materials that are often used for content that never changes. For instance, an “About Us” page is considered static and will remain in one location on the site indefinitely. Normally, websites will only have a few pages and many of them will be very basic.
You can use a grid layout for both types of content, but it is more prominently seen on pages than posts.
Best Places For Grid View
While you can use a grid view anywhere on your website, it doesn’t mean you should. In most cases, the grid view requires a bit more planning to get right, especially if you are trying to look professional.
On the Home Page
The home page is a great place to put a grid layout for additional content. The content you display will reflect what your website is all about.
For example, if you run a blog, you will want to use this as a place to put the most recently created posts. This helps visitors check out your latest content which isn’t indexed by search engines.
Another good way to utilize the home page as a blog is to show the most popular categories. This information is found through tools such as Google Analytics. If someone visits the site directly, they will be shown what most visitors find interesting.
If you are a business owner, you might want to utilize a grid view to show off the products or services you offer. This is a great way to see what visitors are interested in and allows you to send them to a post or page that targets them better.
The home page should reflect your entire website, so showing off the content or products you offer is essential for success.
At The Bottom of Posts
Using the grid layout on posts is a little more complicated. Most posts will not be able to take advantage of the benefits of the grid view.
However, it can still be useful if you are creative with the placement.
For example, a grid layout could be beneficial at the bottom of a post. Instead of visitors coming to an “end-of-content” scenario, they will see several other posts that are related.
The extent of how these are related may be up to the plugin you use. However, posting content from the same category on the bottom of the post could help drive the visitor to continue reading.
It’s a good way of redirecting existing visitors to additional content.
Specific Static Pages
Another common use of a WordPress grid layout is to show specific static content on the “About Us” or “Contact Us” page.
For example, a company could create bios regarding key employees on static pages and then show all of these on a single “About Us” area in a grid. This is an excellent choice if you have a physical location associated with your website.
Ultimately, this helps reduce the clutter of having all of those pages listed while still making them accessible through the website.
Adding a Grid Layout to Your Website
So now that you have an idea of what grid view is and some ways you can use it, you still need to learn how to add it. There are two main ways to add it in WordPress and they include your theme and plugins.
Grid Layout In a Theme
Many themes come with grid layout support built-in. This means you don’t have to add extra plugins to your website and you won’t have to do any coding.
The themes that most commonly offer built-in grid view and layout options are usually centered around news sites or artistic blogs. And this is because they help visitors find your latest content easily.
However, I cannot provide a one-size fit all guide on how your particular theme adds a grid view.
Each theme is different, and as such, so too are the methods used to add a grid view. Most themes have support pages and some even have support teams (mostly premium themes) that can help you figure it out.
Simply visit your theme’s homepage to learn about how to add a grid view on your website.
However, if you have already picked a theme you like, don’t worry you can add a grid view via a plugin.
If your theme does not natively support grid view, don’t worry, you can still have WordPress posts and pages in grid view by installing a plugin. There are a variety of plugins that add this feature.
For the most part, any page building plugin should allow you to add a grid view to your website. To make sure it does simply, check the feature page of the plugin.
One of the best plugins to display WordPress posts in a grid view is Post Grid. This plugin allows you to easily display WordPress posts in a grid view on any page. You can ensure they match the design of your theme by adding custom CSS.
This means everything will look natural to the visitor.
The plugin also works well with other plugins. For example, it worked with The Events Calendar. That means you can it as part of the grid you create, which can work wonders for promoting events.
While producing quality content is critical to success, it is not everything. Appearances still matter and not just for looking good. Tactically placing links and thumbnails also helps you attract traffic to pages.
Grid view can help you display your content or products to visitors.
What kind of layout does your website have? Are there certain pages your new visitors may be interested in reading other than the page they are visiting?