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CM CSS Columns

A shortcode plugin to use the CSS3 Multiple Columns layout feature.

The plugin offers different shortcodes to use the CSS3 Multiple Columns. For better user experience it includes an integration into the visual editor. You can enter all attributes with the help of dialogs, so you don't need to write the shortcodes by hand.

The plugin simply wraps the enclosed content into a container and defines according CSS rules. The attributes for the shortcodes and examples you can find under "Other Notes".

All default values can be changed in the settings page. With saving the settings a static CSS file is written and included for better performance.

Author codemacher
Contributors codemacher
Tags columns, css3, shortcode
  1. cm-css-columns screenshot 1

    settings page to define the default attribute values

  2. cm-css-columns screenshot 2

    marked content in Visual Editor and opening the shortcode menu

  3. cm-css-columns screenshot 3

    attribute dialog for inserting [css_columns] shortcode in Visual Editor

  4. cm-css-columns screenshot 4

    Visual Editor after inserting the shortcode with default values

  5. cm-css-columns screenshot 5

    Frontend rendering result

  1. Extract and upload to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress.
  3. Use the shortcodes in the editor.


  • Added: attributes dialog for [css_col_span]-shortcode
  • Added: attributes dialog for [css_no_break]-shortcode


  • Added: attributes dialog for [css_columns]-shortcode
  • Fixed: generating and including the CSS file with default values


  • Added: menu button in visual editor to wrap selected text with shortcodes


  • Fixed: backend javascript error


  • Fixed: activation/deactivation


  • initial release version

Do I have to use shortcodes?

No. You can also use the dialogs to insert the shortcode with visual editor.


Here is the list of shortcodes with the corresponding attributes:


This is an enclosing shortcode to distribute content into a CSS3 multiple columns layout. As content you can use any complex markup. A div-Tag with CSS classes and default definitions is used to wrap the content. The default values for the attributes can be changed in the settings page of the plugin.

Possible attributes:


[css_columns gap=30px width=120px count=3 rule_color="#000000" rule_style=solid rule_width=medium]
.... here goes the complex content ....


This is an enclosing shortcode, which only can be used within the [css_columns] shortcode. You can define content, which spans over multiple columns.

Possible attributes:

  • cols - Specifies how many columns an element should span across. Same values like column-span on
  • tag - Specifies the tag used for wrapping the spanning content, e.g. span, h2, div, ...


[css_col_span cols=2 tag=div]
... here goes the spanning content ....


This is an enclosing shortcode, which only can be used within the [css_columns] shortcode. You can define content, which never breaks into different columns. WARNING Feature is not supported by Firefox yet!

Possible attributes:

  • type - Specifies whether a page break is allowed inside a specified element. Same values like page-break-inside on
  • tag - Specifies the tag used for wrapping the non breaking content, e.g. span, h2, div, ...


[css_no_break type=avoid tag=div]
... here goes the non-breakable complex content ....
Version 1.2.0

Requires WordPress version: 4.5.0 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.6.3

Last Updated 10 Nov 2016

Date Added: 11 Aug 2016

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