Is it possible to split the_content() into three equal size columns? I have tried to achive that by getting this code which I found here

$content = get_the_content();
$strings = wordwrap($content, (word_count())/3, "<br />"); //Put a {BREAK} every 500 characters
$chunks = explode("<br />", $strings); //Put each segment separated by {BREAK} into an array field

//Printing each chunk in a div
foreach($chunks as $chunk_content) {
    echo "<div class='col-md-4'>";
    echo $chunk_content;
    echo "</div>";

and this is the code in my function.php

function word_count() {
$content = get_post_field( 'post_content', $post->ID );
$word_count = str_word_count( strip_tags( $content ) );
return $word_count;

This creates pieces but there is more than three and therefor the text is still readable horizontally across the columns...... I don't now why it shouldn't work?? Hope someone could take a look!

1 Answer 1


What about CSS3 columns? All new browser support it and you can make it beautifully degrade it on old browser. Moreover you can use media queries to make it responsive!


  • I am using bootstrap for responsive columns but I don't know how to make the_content to split "equally" into thre columns....@MiCc83
    – HannesH
    Commented Jul 5, 2014 at 7:26
  • Just search for css3 columns and you will find it, and then css3 columns polyfill to make it work in older browsers... Commented Jul 5, 2014 at 15:05

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